A Delaware federal judge on Friday postponed a key hearing on motions to dismiss a lawsuit by the survivors of the deadly Feb. 1 takeover of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, after an attorney for two former governors said the parties were actively pursuing talks in the case.

The decision to scrap oral argument, originally scheduled for Nov. 20, came just hours after Richards, Layton & Finger director C. Malcolm Cochran IV wrote to U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews of the District of Delaware on Thursday afternoon asking for the delay. Though the letter was filed by a member of the state’s legal team, Cochran said both sides were united in making the request.

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