Dave Domina appeared in the U.S. District Court, SD, Illinois for a scheduling
conference and preliminary matters in regard to
Syngenta litigation. The hearing generated two orders, which require all lawyers who are in
leadership positions to confer about appointment of a Special Master who
will work solely on settlement discussions. This is the first order of
its kind issued in the Syngenta litigation nationwide. Although we could
not predict this would occur, Domina Law Group strategically chose Illinois
to file our producer cases and this order validates that decision.
The duties of the Special Master will include conduct of settlement negotiations,
and before negotiations begin, organization of periodic meetings (probably
monthly) for the purpose of discussing structural issues that might affect
settlement, and then settlement itself when the time comes.
Again, the appointment of a Special Master to solely focus on settlement
discussions in Syngenta matters has only happened in the U.S. District
Court, SD, Illinois to date – the court in which Domina Law Group
chose to file. If you have not yet protected yourself by joining a group,
we strongly encourage you to do so, and to do so with a firm whose approach
is already proving itself to be working.