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Mediation Sessions and Court Decision on Damages Trial

posted May 9, 2014, 4:23 PM by Vivien Akiyama   [ updated Jun 3, 2014, 2:22 PM ]
Mediation Sessions
 
         Class Counsel and the State’s attorneys have been participating in  several mediation sessions to attempt to reach a settlement in the case.  The mediation sessions have been held periodically for the last several months.  The next mediation session is in early July.
 
Court Decision on Damages Trial
 
         Judge Crandall issued her decision on the damage calculation model to be used for Oahu residential claims.  The Judge ruled that the “Best Fit” model proposed by Defendants’ expert would be used and that the “annual increase” method of calculation proposed by Plaintiffs’ expert would be used.  The Judge’s ruling represents a compromise between the positions offered by Plaintiffs and Defendants.
 
         The next step in the process is determining how to proceed on individual damage calculations for Oahu residential claims.  Plaintiffs and Defendants are attempting to reach agreement on how best to decide individual damage issues and will hopefully reach agreement before the Court’s next monthly status conference to be held on June 2.  Status conferences are attended by the attorneys in the case; it is not open to the public. 
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