Jemery James Ehart, et al v. Ghillie Suits.Com, Inc. et al

Filing 132

ORDER by Judge James Ware granting 127 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. The Court stays all currently scheduled filing deadlines in the case for thirty (30) days to give New York Fire-Shield Inc. sufficient time to find substitute counsel. Ms. Coll ier shall remain as counsel of record for thirty (30) days for the purposes of receiving and providing legal documents until there is identification of substitute counsel. On or before June 15, 2009, Defendant shall file a Notice of Identification of Substitute Counsel. Failure to do so may result in sanctions. Counsel shall send a copy of this Order to Defendant and file the necessary certificate of service. The stay on all deadlines will be lifted on June 15, 2009.(jwlc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/15/2009) Modified docket text on 5/16/2009 (ecg, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jeremy James Ehart, et al., v. Plaintiffs, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION NO. C 06-06507 JW ORDER GRANTING COUNSEL'S MOTION TO WITHDRAW United United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Ghillie Suits.Com, Inc. et al., Defendants. / Presently before the Court is Sharon C. Collier and the law firm of Archer Norris' ("Archer Norris"), counsel for Defendant and Cross-Complainant New York Fire-Shield, Inc. ("New York"), Motion to Withdraw as Counsel of Record. (See Docket Item No. 127.) Archer Norris seeks permission to withdraw as counsel on the ground that New York has refused to pay attorneys fees and costs incurred by Archer Norris. In a civil case, counsel may not withdraw from an action until relieved by order of the Court. See Civ. L. R. 11-5. Rule 3-700(C) of the California Rules of Professional Conduct provides that a lawyer may withdraw from representing a client where, among other things, (1) the client breaches an agreement with or obligation to the lawyer as to expenses or fees, or (2) other conduct renders it unreasonably difficult for the lawyer to carry out the employment effectively. Rule 3-700(C)(1)(d), (f). This is because the attorney-client relationship in civil cases is usually an economic relationship. Here, Archer Norris presents the declaration of Sharon C. Collier, which details the basis for the present Motion. (Declaration of Sharon C. Collier in Support of Motion for Leave to Withdraw 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 as Counsel of Record for Defendant/Cross-Complainant New York Fire-Shield Inc., hereafter, "Collier Decl.," Docket Item No. 129.) According to Collier, New York has refused to pay attorneys fees and expenses incurred by the firm, and has refused to authorize activities that would necessitate incurring third-party costs. (Collier Decl. 2-3.) Collier informed New York on January 14, 2009 that this Motion would be brought if payment of fees and expenses was not received. (Id. 4.) New York has not consented to Archer Norris' withdrawal, and Archer Norris has warned New York of the consequences of its inability to proceed pro se. (Id. 6-7.) In light of the circumstances presented by Archer Norris, the Court finds that sufficient grounds exists for allowing Archer Norris' withdrawal. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Archer Norris' Motion to Withdraw as Counsel of Record. The Court stays all currently scheduled filing deadlines in the case for thirty (30) days to give New York Fire-Shield Inc. sufficient time to find substitute counsel. Ms. Collier shall remain as counsel of record for thirty (30) days for the purposes of receiving and providing legal documents until there is identification of substitute counsel. On or before June 15, 2009, Defendant shall file a Notice of Identification of Substitute Counsel. Failure to do so may result in sanctions. Counsel shall send a copy of this Order to Defendant and file the necessary certificate of service. The stay on all deadlines will be lifted on June 15, 2009. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: May 15, 2009 JAMES WARE United States District Judge 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT COPIES OF THIS ORDER HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO: Craig Evan Needham cneedham@ndkylaw.com Daniel JT Sciano dsciano@tsslawyers.com Danielle Kono Lewis dlewis@selmanbreitman.com David Mitchell Lester d.lester@mpglaw.com Kirsten M. Fish kfish@ndkylaw.com Lori Beth Feldman lbfeldmanlaw@aol.com Michael Lloyd Smith mls@mmker.com Paul Edmond Stephan pstephan@selmanbreitman.com Sharon Cohen Collier scollier@archernorris.com Dated: May 15, 2009 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: /s/ JW Chambers Elizabeth Garcia Courtroom Deputy United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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