The Court urges parties to undertake settlement negotiations at the earliest practicable point in the litigation. Parties who desire a settlement conference should request one in open court or by telephone call to the courtroom deputy. Settlement conferences usually will be referred to the assigned Magistrate Judge.
The Court has prepared a Standing Order setting forth its settlement conference procedures. Counsel and their clients must read and follow the procedures in the Standing Order prior to any settlement conference with the Court.
· Standing Order for Settlement Conferences
In the event that the parties seek to have this Court retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of a settlement agreement, counsel should review the following Seventh Circuit cases (among any other pertinent authorities: Dupuy v. McEwen
, 495 F.3d 807 (7th Cir. 2007); Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association v. American Express Co.
, 467 F.3d 634 (7th Cir. 2006); Shapo v. Engle
, 463 F.3d 641 (7th Cir. 2006); and Lynch v. SamataMason Inc.
, 279 F.3d 487 (7th Cir. 2002). The parties may also wish to review the article, “What’s an Attorney to Do? Ensuring Federal Jurisdiction Over Settlement Agreements in Light of Recent Seventh Circuit Cases
,” by Judge Denlow.