It's a rainy dreary day inside the bunker and you can tell by the color of the robes, which have gone all the way from gray to slightly off-gray.
On such days there is really only one thing that can cheer up the denizens -- a nice discussion of whether you can reference at trial settlement of a prior Fabre defendant.
You not only can't mention it, you can't even imply it anymore:
Here, as in Webb, Green and Loyola, the Defendants did not expressly use the words “settlement”, “release” or “dismissed by the court.” See § 768.041(3), Fla. Stat. (2012). However, the Defendants made repeated references, in testimony and argument, to the fact that Bern had sued Perez and that Perez was a prior defendant in the case, leading the jury logically and reasonably to conclude Bern had settled her claim against Perez prior to trial.Wow -- smart jury.
Doesn't everyone feel better now?