Johnson v. Ralda et al
ORDER to SHOW CAUSE signed by District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 7/14/2011. Within 14 days of date of this Order, Mr. Johnson shall SHOW CAUSE in writing why he should not be sanctioned for his representation that his recuperation from surgery required lengthy continuances he secured in other cases. He shall file a copy of his Response in this case and in others referenced in body of this Order. Clerk directed to file copy of Order in other cases referenced in body of text. (Marciel, M)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SCOTT N. JOHNSON,
No. CIV S-11-106 KJM GGH
TOWN AND COUNTRY GARDEN
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
This case was on calendar on June 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for a pretrial scheduling
conference. The case was the first on calendar; neither counsel appeared. The evening before
the hearing Mr. Johnson’s assistant told the courtroom deputy that the case had settled; the
courtroom deputy told Mr. Johnson’s assistant that the case would remain on calendar until a
notice was filed confirming settlement. The courtroom deputy spoke to Mr. Johnson on the
morning of June 22 and reiterated that the case remained on calendar because neither counsel
had filed a notice of settlement. The notice was filed at 10:13 a.m.
In addition, in the following cases also assigned to this judge, Mr. Johnson asked
for and received three month continuances because of surgery scheduled for June 15: Johnson v.
Lack Family Investments, Civ. No. S-11-0003 (ECF No. 15 at 1 n.1); Johnson v. Lack Family
Investments, Civ. No. S-11-0897 (ECF No. 11 at 1 n.1); Johnson v. Ducray, Civ. No. S-10-3095
(ECF No. 17 at 1 n.1); Johnson v. Felipe Lopez Ralda, et al., Civ. No. S-10-3029 (ECF No. 18 at
1 n.1). In granting those continuances, the court relied on “Mr. Johnson’s representation that a
lengthy continuance is necessary because he will be unable to appear during his recuperation.”
Despite this representation in the other cases, Mr. Johnson continues to act in this case at least,
despite his surgery, and has not sought a continuance of this case.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
1. Within fourteen days of the date of this order, both counsel in this case shall
show cause in writing why they should not be sanctioned $250.00 each for not timely filing their
notice of settlement and, because the notice of settlement had not been filed, for not appearing at
the pretrial scheduling conference;
2. Within fourteen days of the date of this order, Mr. Johnson shall show cause in
writing why he should not be sanctioned for his representation that his recuperation from surgery
required the lengthy continuances he secured in other cases, and file a copy of his response in
this case and in the others referenced above in the body of this order; and
3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to file a copy of this order in the cases
referenced above in the body of this order.
DATED: July 14, 2011.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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