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Pre-trial conference set in MCMC case

SLAYTON -- An initial pre-trial conference has been scheduled between the Murray County Medical Center, MCMC CEO Mel Snow and Physicians Assistant Daniel Woldt for Aug. 27, according to documents filed in the District of Minnesota Federal Court.

Pre-trial conferences are often used to encourage the settlement of cases, and allow the judge and lawyers to review the evidence and clarify the issues in the dispute.

According to the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure, the trial counsel for each party will also meet in person within 14 days of the filing of the notice, or at a later date agreed upon by both parties. At the meeting, the nature and basis of their claims and defenses will be discussed, as will the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case.

Woldt filed a lawsuit against the MCMC and Snow in May. He alleges he was maligned after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud.

On July 1, MCMC and Snow filed their response to the accusations. Their attorneys recently released a statement denying any alleged wrongdoing and claimed that Woldt is using the legal process to air job performance issues.