Windward Bora LLC v. Glenn Swinney et al
ORDER SCHEDULING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE: A telephonic settlement conference in this matter is scheduled for July 9, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. The Court will provide to the parties dial-in information separately by email. Counsel must read the Court 039;s "Standing Order Applicable to Telephonic Settlement Conferences Before Judge Gorenstein," which is attached and is incorporated herein by reference. Upon receipt of this Order, each counsel is directed to confirm with all other counsel that they have received a copy of this Order. SO ORDERED. ( Telephone Conference set for 7/9/2021 at 02:30 PM before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein.) (Signed by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on 6/3/2021) (vfr)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
WINDWARD BORA LLC,
-v.GLENN SWINNEY, et al.,
20 Civ. 1087 (GBD) (GWG)
GABRIEL W. GORENSTEIN, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
A telephonic settlement conference in this matter is scheduled for July 9, 2021 at 2:30
p.m. The Court will provide to the parties dial-in information separately by email. Counsel must
read the Court’s “Standing Order Applicable to Telephonic Settlement Conferences Before Judge
Gorenstein,” which is attached and is incorporated herein by reference. Upon receipt of this
Order, each counsel is directed to confirm with all other counsel that they have received a copy
of this Order.
The parties are directed to pay particular attention to paragraph 6 of the Standing Order,
which sets forth who must participate in the telephonic conference. As noted therein,
corporations (and any other party that is not a natural person) must have the person responsible
for giving settlement authority within the organization participate in the conference -- not
someone who has received authority from another person. In addition, if an insurer has any role
in approving a settlement, a representative of the insurer with responsibility for authorizing
settlement must also participate in the conference. Attorneys are responsible for ensuring that the
appropriate individuals participate.
The parties should also note that paragraph 3 of the Standing Order requires certain
written submissions, which must be received by the Court and opposing counsel no later than
midnight four business days before the conference: that is, July 2, 2021. These submissions
cannot be sent to the Court by means of the ECF system. Also, attorneys must ensure that their
client and insurer, if any, have read the other side’s submission prior to the conference.
Under paragraph 8 of the Standing Order, counsel are required to seek a change in the
date of the conference if an adjournment would permit a party to obtain information that would
make the conference more fruitful. The parties should follow the instructions in paragraph 8 to
seek any change in date.
If a defendant intends to raise a lack of financial resources as a basis for its settlement
position, the defendant must comply with the procedures in paragraph 9 of the Standing Order.
Plaintiff shall make a settlement demand to defendant (or reaffirm any prior demand) no
later than 14 days prior to the conference. Defendant shall inform plaintiff of its response to the
demand no later than 7 days prior to the conference. If either party fails to comply with this
requirement, the opposing side must promptly remind that party of its failure to comply.*
Any party seeking to change the procedures required by this Order should make an
application promptly by letter filed on ECF and should include the views of all other parties as to
the proposed change. Such a letter must be sent separately from the letter required by paragraph
Dated: June 3, 2021
New York, New York
Parties are reminded that demands and responses must include all material nonmonetary elements, and that such non-monetary elements should be reflected in the portion of the
letter required by paragraph 3 that describes past settlement discussions. Additionally, any
monetary offers made before or during the settlement conference are assumed to be offers to pay
within 30 days unless the party specifically states otherwise. In this regard, please read paragraph
9 of the Standing Order carefully.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
GABRIEL W. GORENSTEIN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Standing Order Applicable to Telephonic Settlement Conferences Before Judge Gorenstein
Settlement conferences form no part of the record. All communications made as part of the conference
process are strictly confidential and may not be used for any purpose either in this litigation or
Judge Gorenstein will function as a mediator, attempting to help the parties reach agreement on terms of
settlement. This process requires that counsel and their clients be both prepared for the conference and
candid with the Court. The Court expects to hold only one settlement conference.
No later than four business days before the conference, the Court and opposing counsel must be in
receipt of a letter from counsel for each party marked prominently “Confidential Material For Use Only
at Settlement Conference,” setting forth succinctly (normally in fewer than 8 pages) the following: (1) A
discussion of the relevant facts and applicable law, with an emphasis on the issues most pertinent to
settlement -- including a discussion of liability and, if appropriate, of damages in the event liability were
established. If non-monetary relief is sought in addition to or instead of money damages, the parties
should set forth their positions as to the provision of such relief. (2) The history of settlement
discussions, if any, including any prior offers or demands. (It is normally unhelpful for a party to state in
this letter its final settlement position.) This letter must be received by opposing counsel and the Court
no later than midnight four business days before the settlement conference. Counsel must immediately
provide a copy of the opposing party’s letter to their client and/or insurer and also must ensure prior to
the conference that the client/insurer has read the other side’s letter.
This letter, along with the “Acknowledgment Form” that appears following this Standing Order,
shall be sent to the Court by email to: GorensteinSettlement@nysd.uscourts.gov
Do not use this email address for any other purpose. For example, any application relating to the
conference must be made by a letter filed on ECF.
At the settlement conference, counsel for each side will be expected to make a succinct presentation
(usually 10-20 minutes) with all other counsel and parties on the line summarizing the issues they
believe are important for the client and/or insurer of the other side to consider for purposes of
formulating a settlement position. The purpose of the presentation is to address and persuade the
opposing party, not the Court. Thus, it is usually (1) unnecessary to recount in full the background of the
dispute and (2) helpful to discuss issues raised in the opposing party’s confidential settlement letter.
After the initial statements, counsel may respond and may also have their clients speak if that is desired.
Any documents discussed at the conference must either have been provided to the other side at least five
business days before the conference or consist of documents that are in the possession of the other side
Following the presentations, the Court will meet separately with each side on a private line. In these
meetings, the parties and their counsel must be prepared to inform the Court of the amount of attorneys’
fees and expenses incurred to date, and an estimate of the remaining costs (including attorney’s fees) of
litigating the case to judgment, including any appeal.
The participation of each party (that is, the client), in addition to the party’s lawyer, is essential to the
settlement process. Also, if an insurance company has any role in approving a settlement, the
decisionmaking representative of the carrier must participate in addition to the insured. Because it is
important that the decisionmakers on settlement hear their adversaries’ presentations and be available to
answer questions from the Court, the person who participates must be the person with ultimate
responsibility for determining the amount of any settlement. That is, corporations (and any other party
that is not a natural person) and insurers must have the person ultimately responsible within the
organization for giving settlement authority participate in the conference, not someone who has received
authority from someone else. If a party believes that the individuals scheduled to participate in the
conference on behalf of that party’s adversary do not comply with this requirement, that party shall
immediately confer with the adverse party and inform the Court by letter promptly if no resolution is
reached. (In cases where the City Comptroller has authority over settlement, the Assistant Corporation
Counsel shall arrange in advance of the conference for a representative of the Comptroller either to
attend the conference or to be available by telephone.)
If a party does not speak fluent English, the party must arrange for the participation of an experienced
simultaneous interpreter. (A consecutive interpreter is not acceptable; also, the attorney on the case may
not serve as the interpreter). Simultaneous interpreters are readily available in the commercial
marketplace at reasonable rates. Counsel should call Chambers if there is any difficulty in securing an
interpreter. The simultaneous interpreter must have two telephones and must speak to the client(s) on a
second, separate telephone line in a call arranged by counsel.
If a party fails to have all of the required persons participate in the settlement conference – that is, the
attorney, plus the client (which, for a non-individual means a decision-making employee of the client as
described in paragraph 6, above), plus the decision-making representative from the insurance carrier (if
applicable), plus an interpreter if needed – that party may be required to reimburse all of the other
parties for their time, and may face other sanctions.
If counsel becomes aware of the need or potential need for a change in the date of the conference,
counsel must make an application for the change as soon as counsel is aware of such need. If the
application is made more than 14 days in advance of the conference, no cause need be provided.
Otherwise, counsel must provide reasons for seeking the change in date. In addition, the parties are
required to seek a change in date or an adjournment sine die if an adjournment would permit discovery
or exchange of information that would make the conference more fruitful. To seek a new date within 45
days of the originally-scheduled date, contact Chambers at (212) 805-4260 to obtain an alternative
available date and time. Counsel must thereupon immediately consult with all other counsel as to
counsel’s and their clients’ and insurers’ availability on such date. The party must then file a letter on
ECF forthwith requesting the new date and time and indicating that it is agreed to by all parties. If the
party wishes to postpone by more than 45 days, an adjournment sine die should be sought by letter,
should provide the position of each party as to the request, and should specify an approximate time
period when the conference should be held. Note: the scheduled conference date is not changed unless
counsel are informed that the written application to change the date has been granted.
If a defendant intends to claim that its financial situation is relevant to any potential or actual settlement
offer (either based on the amount offered or a proposal to pay any portion in more than 30 days), the
defendant shall inform plaintiff of this fact no later than 14 days before the conference. The parties
should then discuss whether plaintiff seeks proof of such claim and whether the defendant is willing to
provide such proof, which must be provided in advance of (not during) the conference. A summary of
any discussions on this topic shall be included in the letters required under paragraph 3.
The scheduling of a settlement conference has no effect on any deadlines or other pending obligations in
Complete this form (please print or type) or its equivalent, sign it, and send it (for receipt no later than
midnight four business days prior to the conference) (1) to all other attorneys who will be participating in the
conference and (2) to Judge Gorenstein. Please read the certifications below carefully as your signature
indicates your compliance with them.
Name of Case:
Windward Bora LLC v. Glenn Swinney et al.
20 Civ. 1087 (GBD) (GWG)
I acknowledge that my client and I must participate in a settlement conference on July 9, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.
I am attorney for __________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________[state name of party or parties].
(For corporate or other non-individual clients): The name and title of the representative(s) of my
client who will participate in the conference is:________________________________________________
Name/title of insurance representative [if any]:________________________________________________
I certify that the person participating in the conference is the person with ultimate responsibility for
determining the settlement amount: that is, the person responsible for giving settlement authority, not
someone who has received authority from another person. In addition, if there is an insurance carrier
with authority over settlement, a representative from such carrier in charge of giving settlement
authority will participate.
I certify that I will promptly supply a copy of opposing counsel’s settlement letter to all persons
participating in the conference, and I will ensure that each person has read opposing counsel’s letter
prior to the conference.
I certify that I have read both the Court’s Order scheduling this conference as well as the “Standing
Order Applicable to Telephonic Settlement Conferences Before Judge Gorenstein.”
[signature of attorney]
[print attorney’s name]
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