As a general rule, based on years of experience, once the involved legal teams reach four consecutive continuances — of what would be a routine hearing, if the parties were ardently angling to go to trial — I would take this latest one as a highly-probable sign — that serious settlement discussions are progressing.
[Back-story here — it is the continual bumping of the dates — from June, to July; from July to September; and now well into October — that has me smelling settlement, and a long form global agreement — on naming and advertising conventions, between these two wholly-unrelated behemoths.]
I could be wrong, but the thought is that no one really wants to waste the court’s time — and the clients’ money, more importantly — traveling and appearing, to set trial schedules, if a settlement may be soon reached. So, that’s my bet — from the overnight order, in the federal District Court of New Jersey, then:
. . . .Reset Hearings: The Scheduling Conference set for 9/14/2016 is adjourned to 10/7/2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Newark – Courtroom 2C before Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer. . . .
Onward. Gray; somewhat somber here.