Monday, September 17, 2012

U.S. v. USDC NMI (9th Cir. - Sept. 12, 2012)

Judge Clifton's opinion is exactly right.

It's permissible and makes sense for a district court to tell the parties that someone with "full settlement authority" has to personally participate in a settlement conference.

But not here.

Check it out.  The lesson to be learned is that sometimes even general rules that are entirely permissible need to give way to particular facts.