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Craig v. The Hertz Corporation

United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division

July 11, 2019

DONALD L. CRAIG, Plaintiff,
v.
THE HERTZ CORPORATION, Defendant.

          Judge Crenshaw/Holmes

          SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE ORDER

          JOE B. BROWN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         A settlement conference is set for 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, in Courtroom 783, 801 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

         The parties are advised that unless otherwise permitted, failure to be present with full settlement authority[2] could result in imposition of sanctions pursuant to Rule 16(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If the parties need authority from any other person, that person must be available by phone, and the Magistrate Judge must approve the absence in advance. The representative present at the settlement conference must be in a position to sign a binding agreement at the conclusion of the conference, unless the Magistrate Judge has been notified of the limitation in advance. The parties are advised the settlement conference may well run past dinner and they should plan accordingly.

         1. By 12:00 NOON on Monday, August 19, 2019, Plaintiff and Defendant shall email to the undersigned at brownchambers@ tnmd.uscourts.gov, ex parte, separate settlement conference statements which shall specify their respective settlement positions. These settlement conference statements shall not be filed with the Clerk nor served on the other parties. In their respective statements, counsel for Plaintiff and Defendant shall make a candid assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the case and shall give a good faith opinion of each client's probable success on the merits using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Nothing in the way of a jury speech shall be contained in the settlement conference statements.

         a) Each statement shall contain a summary of the parties' respective views of the law as to the theory of liability or defense.

         (i) Plaintiff's statement shall contain an assessment from Plaintiff's viewpoint of Plaintiff's damages and the strengths and weaknesses of Plaintiff's position.

         (ii) Defendant's statement shall contain an assessment of the Plaintiff's damages, Defendant's exposure to those damages, and the respective strengths and weaknesses of Defendant's position.

         b) Each statement shall contain an assessment of the economic cost of proceeding to trial as well as any appeal.

         c) Each statement shall recount, with specificity, the settlement discussions between the parties to date and the most recent demand offer as each side has made.

         d) Each statement will describe any particular obstacles or impediments to settlement.

         e) Each settlement conference statement also shall contain a statement of counsel's best judgment as to the amount which should be paid or received by his client in a settlement of the case based on counsel's evaluation and opinion and after a full discussion with the client.

         f) Each statement shall include the maximum amount the Defendants are willing to pay and the minimum amount the Plaintiff is willing to accept at the present time, [3] and any other terms on which the client insists.

         2. In the event offers and demands have not previously been made, the parties shall exchange offers and demands at least three working ...


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