Regional standards has been in the wind as briefs and motions were in the process of being prepared as ordered for several parties. The courts put a temporary end to that on Feb. 18, when it filed a motion to hold proceedings in abeyance. It did this because there is pending mediation that could bring a settlement to the entire case. The abeyance, or temporary inactivity, expires on March 3, 2014, and from there it is uncertain exactly what will occur.

"With the assistance of a mediator, through this Court's appellate mediation program, all parties and intervenors are nearing agreement on final terms of a settlement of this case," read the official United States Court of Appeals motion. "We anticipate that the negotiations on settlement and implementation will be completed by March 3, 2014. In addition, the government will seek approval of the settlement pursuant to 28 C.F.R Part Y. We will undertake our best efforts to obtain such approval within the same time frame."

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