Nev. Case Highlights Settlement Authority Dilemmas For Cos.

By Richard Mason (May 18, 2022, 11:05 AM EDT) — Courts routinely order litigants to bring to a settlement conference or mediation a client representative upon whom the client has conferred full settlement authority.

Courts are in general agreement that the rationale behind requiring the attendance of a person with full settlement authority is so the parties’ view of the case may adjust during the conference, whereas authority only for a limited dollar amount or sum certain may fail to comply with the requirement of full authority to settle.[1]

Yet, authorities differ as to what “full settlement authority” means in practice — particularly as to whether a defendant is required to…

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