Allstate Insurance Company v. Barnett et al

Filing 162

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE. Show Cause Response due by 11/23/2011. Signed by Judge Edward M. Chen on 11/9/2011. (emcsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/9/2011)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, 9 No. C-10-0077 EMC Plaintiff, ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE v. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 RICHARD BARNETT, et al., 12 Defendants. ___________________________________/ 13 14 15 Previously, the Court denied a request by Mr. Barnett’s counsel to participate in the final 16 pretrial conference by telephone. See Docket No. 149 (order). Counsel subsequently moved for 17 reconsideration, which the Court denied based on the complexity of the pretrial issues and Mr. 18 Barnett’s late-filed motion to continue the trial. See Docket No. 152 (order). Counsel for Mr. 19 Barnett then filed a motion to continue the pretrial conference which was, in essence, yet another 20 motion for reconsideration, which the Court denied for the same reasons. See Docket No. 155 21 (order). Thus, prior to the final pretrial conference, the Court made clear to counsel for Mr. Barnett 22 that a personal appearance was required for that conference and not simply a telephonic appearance. 23 /// 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 1 On November 8, 2011, the final pretrial conference was held, and counsel for Mr. Barnett 2 failed to make an appearance in person, as required by the Court’s three orders above. Accordingly, 3 the Court hereby issues this order to show cause. More specifically, counsel for Mr. Barnett is 4 ordered to show cause why he (not Mr. Barnett) should not be held in criminal contempt for failure 5 to comply with the Court’s orders. A response to this order to show cause must be filed by 6 November 23, 2011. 7 8 IT IS SO ORDERED. 9 Dated: November 9, 2011 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 _________________________ EDWARD M. CHEN United States District Judge 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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