March 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM ET
Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee, had accused Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz of ignoring warning signs that Madoff was running a fraud during their 25 years of investing with him.
The owners countered that they did not know Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme.
On March 5, Rakoff had ruled that the owners must repay as much as $83.3 million of fictitious profit from Madoff's firm. The trial was expected to consider whether they should return an additional $303 million.
A hearing to consider final approval of the settlement is set for April 13. Picard and the Mets owners will work on details with former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who has been mediating the dispute.