Collins v. First Financial Services, Inc., et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 193 Joint Motion to Continue the Judicial Settlement Conference Or, In the Alternative, To Allow Defendants to Appear By Counsel Only and denying as moot 194 Motion to Excuse Attendance at Settlement Conference - The court withdraws referral of this matter to magistrate judge for court-hosted settlement conference, and the court STAYS court-hosted settlement conference activities pending resolution of the motions for sanction and further order of this court as may be warranted. Signed by District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan on 4/13/2017. (Tripp, S.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
MARY ANN COLLINS,
FIRST FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.;
GATEWAY FUNDING DIVERSIFIED
MORTGAGE SERVICES, L.P.; DONALD
N. LANDGRAFF; FEDERAL HOME
LOAD MORTGAGE CORPORATION;
KYLE DILLON SMITH; JENNIFER
SANFORD PUGLIESE; SHAWN MARIE
CARNI; ELIZABETH WEBSTER;
SANDRA S. FADEL; and PHH
This matter is before the court on above-captioned defendants’ joint motion to continue
judicial settlement conference (DE 193), and certain defendants’ motion to excuse attendance of
officer, manager, or director (DE 194). Upon consideration of the developments in this matter
following the court’s January 6, 2017, text order, including motions for sanctions now filed (DE 187,
189, 191), the court determines that a court-hosted settlement conference will not at this time serve
the purposes of just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of this action. Therefore, the court
The court has constructively amended the case caption to reflect the current array of
GRANTS that part of the instant motion seeking continuance of conference, and in other respects
the motion is DENIED. The motion to excuse attendance of officer, director, manager, accordingly
is DENIED AS MOOT. Therefore, the court WITHDRAWS referral of this matter to magistrate
judge for court-hosted settlement conference, and the court STAYS court-hosted settlement
conference activities pending resolution of the motions for sanction and further order of this court
as may be warranted.
SO ORDERED, this the 13th day of April, 2017.
LOUISE W. FLANAGAN
United States District Judge
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