The trial in the Enron securities class action has been postponed another year, until October 16, 2006, to accomodate the massive discovery in the case. (Last July, the court had set an October 17, 2005 trial date.) According to an article in today’s Houston Chronicle, Judge Melinda Harmon of the S.D. of Tex. has scheduled 18 months for factual discovery.
Quote of note: “Harmon and Enron’s bankruptcy judge even tried to force a settlement by ordering the deep-pocketed financial institutions to mediation with the representatives of shareholders and employees. But the parties were too far apart and, as in most litigation, the case needs to get further down the evidentiary road so both sides can better see exactly what can be proved in court before there may be a meeting of minds on settlement.”