Judge Orders Jury Trial in Rossi et al v. Darden et al Starting June 26, 2017

Thanks to Ged for posting about this. This is the latest entry on the court docket for Rossi et al v. Darden et al:

ORDER Setting Trial and Pretrial Schedule, Requiring Mediation, and Referring Certain Matters to Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan: Jury Trial set for period of 6/26/2017 in Miami Division before Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga. Calendar Call set for 6/20/2017 09:00 AM in Miami Division before Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga. Motions to amend pleadings or join parties due by 8/11/2016. All discovery due by 2/27/2017. Proposed order scheduling mediation due by 7/21/2016. Mediation Deadline 3/13/2017. In Limine Motions due by 4/18/2017. All pretrial motions due by 3/21/2017. Pretrial Stipulation due by 4/18/2017. Signed by Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga on 6/30/2016. (ps1)

Since this is signed by Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga, it seems like she has definitively ruled against the motion to dismiss that was filed by Industrial Heat et al., and she has agreed to a Jury Trial in the case, which is what Andrea Rossi asked for.

The date of June 26, 2017 is a bit earlier than the date of September 17th 2017 that was agreed upon by the attorneys for the two parties in the documents from the previous post on this topic. There’s a lot that can happen between now and next June. Perhaps there will be more public knowledge about the capabilities of the E-Cat by that time. The ruling says that Mediation is required before a magistrate judge, which indicates that Judge Altonaga is hoping they can settle before the trial starts. If not, the wheels have been set in motion for the highest profile court case in the history of cold fusion.

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