Fallay v. City and County of San Francisco et al

Filing 264

ORDER continuing hearing on 257 Motion for Withholding Order to August 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM in light of 263 Letter from Zainab Fallay. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on July 26, 2017. (jcslc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/26/2017) (Additional attachment(s) added on 7/26/2017: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service) (klhS, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 AUGUSTINE FALLAY, 7 Case No. 08-cv-02261-CRB (JCS) Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, et al., 10 Re: Dkt. No. 257 Defendants. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California ORDER CONTINUING HEARING ON MOTION FOR WITHHOLDING ORDER Defendants First American Specialty Insurance Company, Robert Dalton, and Cindy Lloyd 12 13 (collectively, the “FASIC Defendants”), who previously obtained a judgment against Plaintiff 14 Augustine Fallay (“Augustine”), have moved for a withholding order allowing them to collect that 15 judgment from the wages of Augustine’s wife, Zainab Fallay (“Zainab”).1 Augustine filed an 16 opposition brief, the FASIC Defendants filed a reply, and the motion had been set for a hearing on 17 August 11, 2017. On July 25, 2017, Zainab filed a letter to the Court (dkt. 263) stating that she is separated 18 19 from Augustine, that she has not been involved with this case, that she only recently received 20 notice of the present motion from Augustine, and that she is not able to attend the August 11 21 hearing due to the recent suicide of her son, who was honorably discharged from the United States 22 Army days before his death. In light of Zainab’s letter, the hearing on the FASIC Defendants’ motion is 23 24 25 26 CONTINUED to August 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM in Courtroom G, located on the fifteenth floor of the federal courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California. The FASIC Defendants should be prepared to address, among other relevant issues: (1) why Zainab did not 27 1 28 For clarity and ease of reference, this order refers to Mr. and Mrs. Fallay by their first names. No disrespect is intended. 1 receive notice of the FASIC Defendants’ motion to withhold her wages; and (2) the effect of 2 Zainab’s separation from Augustine on the present motion, see Cal. Fam. Code § 771(a) (“The 3 earnings and accumulations of a spouse . . . while living separate and apart from the other spouse, 4 are the separate property of the spouse.”). Zainab should be prepared to address when she 5 separated from Augustine and whether the two still live together. 6 Zainab, who is not currently represented by counsel, is encouraged to consult with the 7 Federal Pro Bono Project’s Legal Help Center in either of the Oakland or San Francisco federal 8 courthouses. The San Francisco Legal Help Center office is located in Room 2796 on the fifteenth 9 floor at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California. The Oakland office is located in 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Room 470S on the fourth floor at 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California. Appointments can be made by calling (415) 782-8982 or signing up in the appointment book located outside either office, and telephone appointments are available. Lawyers at the Legal Help Center can provide basic assistance to parties representing themselves but cannot provide legal representation. If Zainab chooses to consult with the Legal Help Center, the Court requests that the Legal Help Center provide an ex parte recommendation as to whether Zainab is an appropriate candidate for appointment of volunteer counsel. The Clerk is instructed to serve a copy of this order on Zainab by mail and to add her to the docket of this case as an interested party. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 26, 2017 ______________________________________ JOSEPH C. SPERO Chief Magistrate Judge 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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