Lahore et al v. SCME Mortgage Banlers,Inc. et al

Filing 31

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE RE: RULE 11 SANCTIONS. On or before 2/11/2010 , Plaintiffs' counsel shall file a response to the Order to Show Cause. In his response, counsel shall set forth the legal basis for his Motion to Consolidate or a good fai th extension of the law. Failure to comply with any part of this Order will be deemed sufficient grounds for sanctions. Signed by Judge James Ware on February 8, 2010. (jwlc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/8/2010) Modified text on 2/9/2010 (ecg, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Marco Lahore, et al., v. Plaintiffs, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION NO. C 09-04776 JW ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE RE: RULE 11 SANCTIONS 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 SCME Mortgage Banlers, Inc., et al., Defendants. / On February 8, 2010, the Court conducted a hearing on Plaintiffs' Motions for Remand and to Consolidate,1 and Defendants Aurora and UVC's Motions to Dismiss.2 At the hearing, the Court questioned Plaintiffs' counsel as to the legal basis for Plaintiffs' Motion to Consolidate a pending state court unlawful detainer action, which has yet been removed to this Court (and indeed, might not be removal under the "forum defendant" rule), with this federal action. Plaintiffs' counsel represented that he has found authority in this district that would permit the Court to exercise "supplemental jurisdiction" over a state unlawful detainer action without having the action before the Court.3 Since the Court finds no legal basis for Plaintiffs' counsel's position, the Court (Plaintiffs' Notice of Motion and Motion for Remand to State Court Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1446 and L.R. 7-2 and Authorities in Support, hereafter, "Motion for Remand," Docket Item No. 8.; Plaintiffs' Notice of Motion and Motion to Stay Unlawful Detainer Action and Consolidate, hereafter, "Motion to Consolidate," Docket Item No. 20.) (Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint, hereafter, "Aurora's Motion," Docket Item No. 4.; Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint; and Joinder of Motion to Dismiss Filed by Aurora Loan Services, LLC, hereafter, "UVC's Motion," Docket Item No. 12.) 3 2 1 Counsel represented that he had "left his research at home." 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ORDERS counsel to show cause why he should not be sanctioned pursuant to Rule 11 of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Rule 11 authorizes sanctions against an attorney who signs a "pleading, written motion, [or] other paper" brought for an improper purpose or that is frivolous, i.e., is not well grounded in fact, warranted by existing law, or made in good faith. Christian v. Mattel, Inc., 286 F.3d 1118, 1127 (9th Cir. 2002). By prohibiting "frivolous" and "legally unreasonable" filings, Rule 11 "imposes upon counsel an affirmative duty of investigation both as to law and fact before filing." Rachel v. Banana Republic, Inc., 831 F.2d 1503, 1508 (9th Cir. 1987). On or before February 11, 2010, Plaintiffs' counsel shall file a response to the Order to Show Cause. In his response, counsel shall set forth the legal basis for his Motion to Consolidate or a good faith extension of the law. Failure to comply with any part of this Order will be deemed sufficient grounds for sanctions. 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: February 8, 2010 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: David S. Hoffman dshoffmanesq@aol.com Donald Michael Scotten donald.scotten@akerman.com Justin D. Balser justin.balser@akerman.com Justin Donald Balser justin.balser@akerman.com Michael Patrick Rooney mike@mikerooneylaw.com Dated: February 8, 2010 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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