Choice Genetics USA, LLC v. Peetz Farmers Co-Operative Company, The
ORDER in re: Attorney Jeffrey S. Pagliuca by Judge William J. Martinez on 04/19/2016. (cthom, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge William J. Martínez
Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-0154-WJM-KLM
CHOICE GENETICS USA, LLC, an Iowa limited liability company,
THE PEETZ CO-OPERATIVE COMPANY, a Colorado cooperative,
This matter comes before the Court sua sponte. Attorney Jeffrey S. Pagliuca, of
the law firm Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, P.C. (the “Haddon Firm”), has entered his
appearance in this case, representing Plaintiff Choice Genetics USA, LLC. It is the
Court’s understanding that Attorney Jamie Hubbard is employed as an Associate
Attorney with the Haddon Firm. Ms. Hubbard was the undersigned’s Career Law Clerk
from May 2011 through February 2015. Given how recently Ms. Hubbard was a law
clerk in the undersigned’s Chambers, and in an effort to avoid even the appearance of
any possible bias or prejudice on the part of the undersigned in favor of any party to this
case, the Court Orders as follows:
On or before April 22, 2016, Attorney Pagliuca shall file with this Court a
Report summarizing in detail all steps the Haddon Firm has taken, or in the immediate
future will take, to eliminate to the fullest extent practicable any grounds upon which the
undersigned should reasonably consider his recusal from this case. The steps to be
implemented by the Haddon Firm must include, at a minimum, procedures which will
preclude Ms. Hubbard from: (a) having any access to any information about this case;
(b) assisting in the representation of Choice Genetics USA, LLC; and (c) being involved
in or consulted with in regards to any tactical or strategic decision the Haddon Firm may
make in the course of its representation of Choice Genetics USA, LLC.
Notwithstanding any Report filed by the Haddon Firm in compliance with
this Order, any other party shall have until April 27, 2016 within which to suggest the
appropriateness of my recusal from this case, to include the factual grounds and law, if
any there be, in support of such a suggestion.
Dated this 19th day of April, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
William J. Martínez
United States District Judge
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