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Friday, 20 March 2020 22:08

Judge Grants and Denies Parts of Mediation Extension Request in Ongoing Lawsuit

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com

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A Florida Middle Court judge ruled to grant and dismiss portions of Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate)’s request for additional time prior to its scheduled mediation with defendants, Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, in their ongoing legal feud.

Earlier this week, Allstate requested an extension until July 31, due to COVID-19’s expanding impact. According to Allstate’s motion, the requested date is 15 days after the discovery deadline. The mediation date was previously scheduled for March 23.

 

The defendants acknowledged COVID-19’s impact and suggested rather than continuing the mediation, the parties and their counsel should instead proceed with the scheduled mediation by remote electronic means, according to court documents.

 

The presiding judge agreed more time should be allotted, but did not agree to Allstate’s requested date.

 

“Upon a review of the parties’ submissions, the court finds that an extension of the mediation deadline is warranted. However, the court does not find a four-month extension (which takes the mediation deadline beyond the discovery deadline) is appropriate at this time,” a portion of the court’s order reads.


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