Thanks to Ged for pointing out the following entry in the Rossi vs. Leonardo court docket about a new attorney representing Leonardo Corporation:
NOTICE of Attorney Appearance by Brian W. Chaiken on behalf of Leonardo Corporation, Andrea Rossi. Attorney Brian W. Chaiken added to party Leonardo Corporation.
Mr. Chaiken is a partner at the Florida law firm Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright, P.L. which has offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
One interesting thing from the above profiles is that he points out his experience in settling cases; he states that as Executive VP of Legal Affairs for Supra Telecom that he “settled numerous litigation cases for a combined total of more than $100 million”, and “Settled numerous litigation cases for a combined total of more than $100 million; litigated complex commercial cases, including federal anti-trust and trademark infringement, before state and federal courts, state regulatory commissions, and private arbitrators.”
An out-of-court settlement in this particular case seems to me a this point to be rather unlikely, based on what we have seen and heard from both sides, but I certainly don’t see it as being out of the question. Judge Altonaga has ordered compulsory mediation in this case and perhaps an attorney like Mr. Chaiken who is experienced in complex commercial cases could help find ways to reach an agreement.