I have two defamation claims of eighteen months; both parties are covered by insurance. Defendant A and B. I have presented a formal offer to both parties with proof of malice in an attempt to settle prior to mediation. No counter offer has been submitted and my lawyer now suggests just following the process by requesting mediation. There is a third party (Defendant C, not insured) that has been emailed a claim but it has not been officially served. The third party is the newspaper editor that wrote the offending articles. Their source of information came from defendants A and B. Defendant A and B’s lawyer wants to know information surrounding Defendant C’s case and whether or not I intend on officially filing the claim against them. I am trying to see through the eyes of a lawyer why this is of significance to them. It is a fact that Defendant A and B provided the information to defendant C therefore if I was to officially file the claim against defendant C might this prompt defendant A and B’s lawyers to settle to avoid being dragged into another claim? I am trying to find some form of tact in moving forward and all suggestions are appreciated. I feel my lawyers are not giving much assistance and rather just following the process.