AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Yeager, et al.

Filing 169

ORDER signed by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 3/25/2015 DIRECTING the parties to include in the closing briefs ordered following the #167 Evidentiary Hearing, to be filed by 4/21/2015, a response to the court's impression that a hearing on General Yeager's competence is required. (Michel, G.)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 AT&T MOBILITY LLC, 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 No. 2:13-cv-0007-KJM-DAD Plaintiff, v. ORDER GENERAL CHARLES E. “CHUCK” YEAGER (RET.); ED BOWLIN; CONNIE BOWLIN; AVIATION AUTOGRAPHS; BOWLIN & ASSOCIATES, INC.; LAW OFFICES OF JOANNA R. MENDOZA, P.C.; DE LA PENA & HOLIDAY, LLP; LESSER LAW GROUP, Defendants. 19 20 21 The court held an evidentiary hearing on March 24, 2015, to allow the parties to 22 present evidence regarding attorney Parker White’s authority to enter a settlement agreement on 23 General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager’s (Ret.) and Victoria Yeager’s behalf. See Minutes, ECF No. 24 167. During the hearing, General Yeager represented himself, and Victoria Yeager represented 25 herself. The court previously has seen General Yeager in trial of a related case in June 2012. See 26 Case No. 07-cv-2517 (E.D. Cal.). During that trial, while represented by counsel, General Yeager 27 took the stand and testified clearly in response to questions. In contrast, at the hearing in this case 28 on March 24th, General Yeager’s demeanor and responses to the court’s questions appeared 1 1 markedly different. As a result, the court developed a concern that General Yeager may not be 2 competent to represent himself in this matter. When asked at the end of the hearing whether 3 General Yeager was competent to represent himself, Victoria Yeager answered emphatically that 4 he was not. Having carefully considered the matter, the court’s impression is that a hearing is 5 necessary to address the threshold question of General Yeager’s competence to represent himself 6 at this point in time. 7 The court has ordered closing briefs following the evidentiary hearing to be filed 8 by April 21, 2015. In these same briefs the parties are now directed to respond to the court’s 9 impression that a hearing on General Yeager’s competence is required. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 10 17(c)(2) (“The court must appoint a guardian ad litem—or issue another appropriate order—to 11 protect a minor or incompetent person who is unrepresented in an action.”). See also Shankar v. 12 United States Dep’t of Homeland Sec., No. 13-01490, 2014 WL 523960 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 6, 2014); 13 Elder-Evins v. Casey, No. 09-05775, 2012 WL 2577589 (N.D. Cal. July 3, 2012). 14 15 IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: March 25, 2015. 16 17 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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