Following a status meeting held on Wednesday, the Kleiman v Wright trial is now tentatively scheduled for June 1, 2021. According to United States District Judge Beth Bloom, the delay is due to all jury trials’ postponement until April due to COVID-19 and the need to prioritize criminal proceedings.
In a joint motion, the parties had initially requested that the trial be reset to April 5, 2021. Even though June 1 is now the provisional trial date, all other deadlines are as they appear in the joint motion:
- Lists of exhibits and objections are due by March 16
- Demonstrative and description exhibits are due by 222 March (evidence)
A status conference call on May 11 will also be open.
Judge Bloom also suggested the parties make another attempt at mediation, the second attempt in the case. While both parties expressed skepticism about the chances of success for another mediation, both said they were open to it. Bloom committed to scheduling the mediation at some point between now and the May 11 status call.
As for what’s next in the event, until the May 11 call, where Bloom said the schedule might be revisited and that she will update the status of the Florida courts, there are no unresolved matters to be resolved.
Earlier this week, the parties had received rulings on requests to exclude evidence and testimony at trial, which saw some testimony prevented from being presented at trial, notably including comments made earlier in the proceedings by Magistrate Judge Reinhart denigrating Wright’s credibility.
The case will not see a courtroom until May of next year in the absence of any miracle in mediation. A settlement is reached, or any other unforeseen development.
There is also the problem of the probate petition from Lynn Wright, in which Lynn, as a member of W&K (the formal defendant corporation that Kleiman uses to prosecute Wright), is seeking to secure an injunction that prohibits Ira from using her company in this way. This can affect this case, and on December 3, it is scheduled to be heard.