Noel v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 7/18/14. Plaintiff shall file a written response to plaintiff's counsel's motion to withdraw no later than August 7, 2014. Alternatively, if plaintiff does not wish to continue with his case at this juncture, he may instead file a statement consenting to dismissal of the action without prejudice no later than August 7, 2014. (Kaminski, H)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CODY W. NOEL
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
On July 14, 2014, plaintiff’s counsel, Vijay Patel, filed a motion to withdraw as counsel
for plaintiff. (ECF No. 14.) According to plaintiff’s counsel, there has been a breakdown of the
attorney-client relationship, and plaintiff has purportedly failed to communicate with plaintiff’s
counsel regarding various substantive matters in the case. The motion outlines plaintiff’s
counsel’s efforts to communicate with plaintiff by letter and telephone. The proof of service
accompanying the motion to withdraw also indicates that the motion was served on plaintiff by
Certified Mail at his last-known address.
The administrative transcript in this matter was filed on April 16, 2014, and plaintiff’s
motion for summary judgment was due on July 14, 2014, the day that the instant motion to
withdraw was filed, after the court has already granted one extension to file the motion for
summary judgment. (ECF No. 13.)
In light of the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff Cody Noel shall file a written response to plaintiff’s counsel’s motion to
withdraw no later than August 7, 2014. The response shall indicate whether or not
plaintiff opposes withdrawal of plaintiff’s counsel, and if so, the reasons therefor.
2. Alternatively, if plaintiff does not wish to continue with his case at this juncture, he
may instead file a statement consenting to dismissal of the action without prejudice no
later than August 7, 2014.
3. Failure to file either a written response to the motion to withdraw or a statement of
consent to dismissal of the action by the required deadline will be deemed a statement
of non-opposition to the motion to withdraw, and will result in a summary grant of the
motion to withdraw, leaving plaintiff to proceed in this action without counsel.
4. The briefing deadlines in this action are temporarily suspended. The court will issue a
further order concerning briefing deadlines after resolution of the pending motion to
5. The Clerk of Court shall serve a copy of this order on plaintiff himself at the last-
known address for plaintiff provided by plaintiff’s counsel in the proof of service of
the motion to withdraw: Cody Noel, 2700 South Market, Unit 26, Redding, California,
6. Plaintiff’s counsel shall also use his best efforts to attempt to provide plaintiff with
notice of this order through any e-mail address or telephone number for plaintiff that
plaintiff’s counsel may have.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: July 18, 2014
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