Peter Halmos' last-ditch toe-tapping effort to have Judge Brown's order of reference vacated has been denied by Judge Martinez.
In a comprehensive order, Judge Martinez addresses specifically the "coerced consent" issue, the "mediator then adjudicator" issue, and the SIMPLY AMAZING(!) "judicial rhetoric" issue.
Here's a taste from footnote one:
Before Judge Brown asked any either party about consent individually, however, counsel represented to Judge Brown that the parties had all agreed to consent. Judge Brown asked the parties one at a time regarding consent only after counsel made that representation. Plaintiff's motion omits any mention of this portion of the transcript.Translation = I've got your back!
Now go have some fun spending endless days proving up damages to a leaky boat.