In Hasson v. Belin, No. 13-05-00232-CV (Tex. App.--Corpus Christi 2007, pet. denied), the appellant argued that his case was wrongfully dismissed for want of prosecution and pointed to evidence that he had been actively making efforts to settle "an allegedly related lawsuit" during the period of inactivity. Id.
The court of appeals rejected appellant's argument "that the trial court should have imputed his action in the companion litigation as diligence," based on the principle that settlement activity does not excuse failure to prosecute diligently. Id.