Court enforces settlement announced in open court
Denise Hudson fell behind on her Condominium Association dues and approached Earl W. Stilson for financial help. She ultimately executed a deed to the unit to Stilson and eventually he sought to enforce the deed. She then claimed that he had merely loaned her money, demanded sexual relations in return for the loan, and then improperly attempted to evict her from the property. The dispute ended up in court and went to mediation where, eventually, Hudson agreed to a settlement that was announced in open court. Hudson then refused to comply with the settlement terms and sought an evidentiary hearing on the terms of settlement. The judge refused to grant a hearing and Hudson appealed. The Court of Appeals confirmed that the terms of the settlement were made part of the record at the time of settlement and enforced those terms; it concluded that no hearing was necessary to confirm the terms announced in the court.