Yesterday, Judge Hollander asked if either party in the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt copyright case would be interested in a settlement conference with a magistrate judge. I said that I am willing to participate, but Schmalfeldt said he was not interested. Because one party was interested, Judge Hollander referred the case to Magistrate Judge Timothy Sullivan. I do not yet know anything concerning the schedule going forward.
If successful, this process can lead to a binding consent decree (the violation of which would be contempt of court). If it’s unsuccessful, we can proceed to the motions to dismiss.