Parties who wish to set a settlement conference with Judge Martin should request one in open court or contact the Courtroom Deputy at (312) 435-5833.
Judge Martin has adopted a Standing Order setting forth his settlement conference procedures. Counsel and their clients must read and follow the procedures in that Standing Order prior to any settlement conference with the Court.
Standing Order for Settlement Conference
In the event that the parties seek to have this federal court retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of a settlement agreement, counsel should review the following Seventh Circuit cases, among any other pertinent authorities, prior to the settlement conference:
Depuy v. McEwen, 495 F.3d 807 (7th Cir.2007); Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ass’n v. American Express Co., 467 F.3d 634 (7th Cir. 2006);Shapo v. Engle, 463 F.3d 641 (7th Cir. 2006); and Lynch v. Samatamson Inc., 279 F.3d 487 (7th Cir.2002). Counsel may also wish to review Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow’s article titled "What’s an Attorney to Do? Ensuring Federal Jurisdiction Over Settlement Agreements in Light of RecentSeventh Circuit Cases" and the sample dismissal orders in the article’s appendix.
In preparation for the settlement conference, the parties should consider the Settlement Checklist/Term Sheet that Judge Martin may require the parties to complete at the conclusion of the settlement conference. This document covers the most common issues raised in finalizing a settlement agreement.