Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. v. Alibaba Group Holding, Ltd. et al

Filing 85

ORDER GRANTING 66 PLAINTIFF'S COUNSEL'S MOTIONS TO WITHDRAW by Hon. William Alsup. (whalc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/12/2017)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 IN RE GLOBAL EQUITY MANAGEMENT (SA) PTY. LTD. No. C 17-02177 WHA No. C 17-02178 WHA No. C 17-02435 WHA 12 ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S COUNSEL’S MOTIONS TO WITHDRAW 13 14 15 / 16 17 In 2015 and 2016, plaintiff Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (GEMSA), 18 represented by Attorney William Ramey, brought the three above-captioned patent infringement 19 actions in the Eastern District of Texas against various defendants. These actions transferred to 20 our district in April 2017. Attorney John Thomas appeared for GEMSA shortly thereafter. 21 Attorneys Ramey and Thomas then filed motions to withdraw as counsel from all three 22 actions. All defendants opposed on the bases that (1) GEMSA, as a corporation, cannot appear 23 in these actions without counsel, and (2) Attorney Ramey allegedly pursued these actions in an 24 abusive manner and should not be permitted to escape the possible imposition of sanctions at 25 the end of litigation by withdrawing now. 26 Both issues have since been defused. In their reply briefs, Attorneys Ramey and 27 Thomas agreed that their withdrawal, if permitted, would not terminate the Court’s authority to 28 award any appropriate sanctions against either of them. Additionally, Attorneys William Thomson, Jr., and David Randall have appeared as new counsel for GEMSA in all three actions. 1 Accordingly, Attorneys Ramey and Thomas’s motions to withdraw as counsel from all 2 three actions are GRANTED, save and except that the Court will retain jurisdiction over them to 3 entertain any motions for sanctions or further relief at the end of said actions. 4 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 7 Dated: September 12, 2017. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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