Fatte Alberts v. Pizzaman's Pavilion et al
NOTICE Regarding Defendant Michael Jensen's Ex Parte Communication, signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 11/13/2020. (Marrujo, C)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
FATTE ALBERTS, a California
PIZZAMAN’S PAVILION and MICHAEL
NOTICE REGARDING DEFENDANT
MICHAEL JENSEN’S EX PARTE
On November 11, 2020, court staff received an ex parte communication from defendant
Michael Jensen seeking guidance on various matters including a request for assistance in
obtaining counsel on behalf of defendant Pizzaman’s Pavilion.1 The message the court received
is copied below:
I am inquiring about
My motion to dismiss was denied in the case above and the
The court again notes that although defendant Pizzaman’s Pavilion appears on the docket as
representing itself, this entry on the docket is in error. Consistent with federal law, Local Rule
183 provides that “[a] corporation or other entity may appear only by an attorney.”
federal court states that i [sic] will need to secure an attorney in
order to be heard.
As you are aware, we have been in a six month shut down due to
COVID 19, and my business was deemed non-essential in my
County, and I am about to lose my entire business and cannot afford
$30k for an attorney in a court that is nine hours away from me.
This is definitely the wrong court but the judge believes it is the
Can you please inform me of the procedure i [sic] would have to
follow without being able to secure legal representation?.
Is there legal penalties for being so broke that an attorney is out of
I appreciate your time in this matter.
Email from Michael Jensen to courtroom deputy Jami Thorp (Nov. 11, 2020 10:03 PST).
The court cannot provide legal advice to litigants, including litigants proceeding pro se.
The court also cannot engage in ex parte communications with litigants or their counsel. To the
extent defendant Jensen has need to communicate with the court again by email, he is directed to
copy counsel for the plaintiff on any such communications sent to the court.
The court will provide the following sources of information to defendant Jensen; however,
the provision of these links is not to be construed as a recommendation, endorsement, or
requirement by the court:
Representing Yourself (Pro Se Litigant), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Lawyer Referral Services, The State Bar of California,
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 13, 2020
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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