In re Univar USA, Inc.
Generally, the settlement agreements containing the dollar amounts of a claimant's settlements are relevant to a remaining non-settling defendant in at least two ways: first, to determine the amount of its settlement credit after a trial is completed, and second, before trial, to determine whether any settlement demand being made is reasonable when compared to the likely outcome of a trial. Because appellant demonstrated that the contents of the settlement agreements were relevant, and the appellees failed to establish that the provisions in the agreements prohibited disclosing the settlement amounts to non-settling parties, the trial court was required by the Rules of Procedure to allow the discovery of the individual settlement amounts. Beaumont Court of Appeals, No. 09-10-00148-CV, 04-21-2010