Sanchez et al v. Arriba Juntos
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE why case should not be dismissed for failure to appear through counsel. Plaintiff shall appear at a show cause hearing on May 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM unless this order is expunged before that date. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on February 27, 2017. (jcslc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/27/2017)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ANGELINA SANCHEZ, et al.,
Case No. 16-cv-00750-JCS
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY CASE
SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED
United States District Court
Northern District of California
Plaintiff Angelina Sanchez brought this action on behalf of the United States and the City
and County of San Francisco pursuant to the state and federal False Claims Acts. The Court
recently granted Sanchez’s attorneys’ request to withdraw as counsel.
Because a qui tam plaintiff under the False Claims Act represents the interests of the
government, and because an adverse result in such an action would be binding on the government,
a plaintiff may not proceed on such a claim without counsel. Stoner v. Santa Clara Cty. Office of
Educ., 502 F.3d 1116, 1126−28 (9th Cir. 2007). Where a qui tam plaintiff lacks counsel, a court
should allow the plaintiff a “reasonable time to find counsel,” but must dismiss the action without
prejudice to the government if the plaintiff fails to retain counsel. Id. at 1128.
Sanchez is therefore ORDERED TO SHOW CAUSE no later than May 5, 2017 why this
action should not be dismissed for failure to appear through counsel. Sanchez must appear for a
hearing on this order at 2:00 PM on May 5, 2017 in Courtroom G. This order to show cause will
be expunged if new counsel for Sanchez enters an appearance before that date.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: February 27, 2017
JOSEPH C. SPERO
Chief Magistrate Judge
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