Court Denies Audible Request for Settlement Conference in ‘Captions’ Case
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Court Denies Audible Request for Settlement Conference in ‘Captions’ Case

Audible attorneys this week asked for the case to be referred to a Magistrate judge for a settlement conference, but after the publisher plaintiffs rejected the idea, judge Valerie Caproni denied the request Is Audible looking for the exit? In a letter to the court on Thursday, lawyers for Audible suggested a 30-day hold on the litigation over its Captions program, and a referral to a magistrate judge to oversee settlement talks during that period. But the plaintiff publishers threw cold water on that proposal, prompting federal judge Valerie Caproni to deny Audible’s request. "The Court does not refer parties to the Magistrate Judge for a settlement conference unless all participants believe such a referral would be productive," Caproni wrote in her brief decision. "Accordingly, Audible’s request for a referral is denied at this time. Should the parties change their mind and come to an agreement on next steps, including the need to resolve the pending motions, they must promptly inform the Court." The prospect of settlement talks comes after a September 25 hearing, during which Caproni appeared highly skeptical of Audible’s fair use defense. However, upon learning at the hearing that a Captions launch was not imminent and […]

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