Sikon v. PHC of Michigan, LLC, a Massachusetts Company d/b/a Harbor Oaks Hospital et al
ORDER Regarding Discovery Disputes following Status Conference, re: 29 Email. ( Settlement Conference reset for 6/28/2018 02:00 PM before District Judge Victoria A. Roberts) Signed by District Judge Victoria A. Roberts. (Attachments: # 1 Document Continuation Confidential Settlement Statement Requirements)SEE ORDER FOR DEADLINES AND INSTRUCTIONS (CPin)
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS
PLEASE NOTE: The parties are required to discuss settlement and exchange
numbers before submitting the Confidential Settlement Summary. Failure of any
party to engage in this pre-settlement conference process may result in the
imposition of sanctions.
At the Settlement Conference, parties (and insurance company
representatives) must appear and must have full settlement authority. Such persons
and entities are ordered to prepare for and participate in the Settlement Conference
in objective good faith.
For the Defendant, the representative must have final authority, in the
representative's own discretion, to pay a settlement amount up to Plaintiff's last
demand. If this representative is an insurance company, the representative must
have final authority to commit the company to pay, in the representative's own
discretion, an amount up to the Plaintiff's last demand if within policy limits, or if
not within policy limits, the limits of the policy, whichever is lower.
For a Plaintiff, such representative must have final authority, in the
representative's own discretion, to authorize dismissal of the case with prejudice, or
to accept a settlement amount down to Defendant's last offer, whichever is higher.
SANCTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED IF THE PARTY WITH FULL
SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY FAILS TO APPEAR.
In preparation for the Settlement Conference, each side must provide the
Court with the following information. Please deliver one copy directly to
chambers. Do not electronically file; do not serve opposing counsel.
(to be submitted only to the Court)
Name of the case, including docket number (Pre-Settlement Summary must
be prepared in pleading format, double spaced and include page numbers):
Name of party submitting this form:
Name, address, phone (including cell phone), e-mail and fax number of
Name of client who will attend the Settlement Conference, including title:
Listing of the pleading demands for damages, declaratory judgments and
language for any requested injunction:
For the Plaintiff, how you intend to prove damages:
For the Defendant, how you intend to meet Plaintiff’s claim of damages:
Circle one of the following as to the status of discovery: (i) little or none; (ii)
moderate amount, but incomplete; or (iii) essentially complete or complete.
Identify discovery/information essential to forming a realistic settlement
position (this is not to be a listing of what you will present at trial, but what
you need to discuss settlement):
List the primary disputed factual issues:
Is there a key factual issue where a non-binding early neutral evaluation
might significantly advance settlement prospects? What is it?
List the primary disputed legal issues and what your burden of proof is.
Discuss any difficulties you foresee in meeting your burden of proof.
Is there a key legal issue that, if resolved, could significantly advance
settlement prospects? E.g., stipulated cross-motions for partial summary
judgment, or a Markman ruling in a patent case.
Chronological summary of settlement offers and responses (use separate
sheet if necessary):
Honest evaluation, Plaintiff, of what you will settle for and, Defendant, what
you will pay. The parties are urged to state serious evaluations. If it appears
from the figures provided that settlement would be futile, the Court WILL
CANCEL the Settlement Conference and simply provide dates through trial.
An exercise in futility, for example, would be one in which the Plaintiff
states he/she will settle for $300,000, and the Defendant will only pay
$10,000. Remember, the figures you provide are for the Court only, and not
Brief description of non-monetary interests and objectives of submitting
Description of likely or possible ongoing or future relationships between the
Brief description of sensitive topics:
Does any party representative likely to attend the settlement conference have
an extreme dislike for any other person likely to attend on behalf of the other
party? Who? Why?
List the two or three strongest points in your case:
List the two or three weakest points in your case:
How would you present this case if you were on the opposing side? (it is
exceedingly important that you present this section objectively. Do Not
resort to becoming advocate, again, on behalf of your client.)
Litigation expenses to date, and your estimate of costs/attorney fees if this
matter goes to trial:
A statement acknowledging that the parties discussed settlement as part of
their preparation of this Confidential Pre-Settlement Summary.
On the day of the conference, both sides should be prepared to present an
oral summary of the case.
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