The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Dennis L. Beck, Magistrate Judge
APPLICATION TO CONTINUE JOINT SCHEDULING CONFERENCE; ORDER CONTINUING JOINT SCHEDULING CONFERENCE
Date: June 2, 2009 Time: 9:00 a.m. Courtroom: Hon. Dennis L. Beck
By order dated March 5, 2009, this matter was re-scheduled for an Initial Scheduling Conference to be heard on June 2, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. That order was made upon Plaintiff's ex parte application dated March 3, 2009, in which we sought a continuance of the scheduling conference in order to conclude settlement negotiations and prepare dispositional documents. A proposed Settlement Agreement was sent to Florida Health Dynamics, LLC ("FHD") on January 29, 2009.
Some revisions were negotiated and a revised agreement was sent to FHD on February 23, 2009.
Clerk's default was entered against FHD on March 2, 2009; however, settlement negotiations continued. Since then, reminder emails have been sent to counsel for FHD on the following dates: March 4, 2009; March 6, 2009; March 16, 2009. On April 3, 2009, some minor revisions to the agreement were made (spelling corrections to names and changing dates, nothing substantive) in accordance with correspondence from counsel for FHD. A further revised agreement was sent again on April 8, 2009. Another reminder was sent on May 5, 2009 and May 8, 2009 and most recently on May 22, 2009. There were also telephone messages at various times throughout this period, and voice messages left for opposing counsel on March 2, 2009 and May 22, 2009, and approximately four more messages over the past three months.
Thus, we now seek an additional continuance of the scheduling conference in order to complete negotiation (and hopefully execution) of the settlement agreement. If executed, the agreement calls for dismissal of this action. In the absence of an executed settlement agreement, FHD's entitlement to relief from default may have to be decided by the Court.
While recognizing that we are (again) in arrears of the court-ordered schedule, we believe that these circumstances warrant an additional postponement of the Pretrial Scheduling Conference, and respectfully request that the Court order that the scheduling conference (currently set for June 2, 2009) be continued for approximately 30 days. We are hopeful that a voluntary dismissal will precede the new conference date.
Gordon K. Hill Jed H. Hansen
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