Blaszkowski et al v. Mars Inc. et al
Plaintiff's MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney for Debbie Rice by All Plaintiffs. Responses due by 9/11/2008 (MacIvor, Catherine)
Blaszkowski et al v. Mars Inc. et al
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA MIAMI DIVISION CASE NO. 07-21221 CIV ALTONAGA/Turnoff RENEE BLASZKOWSKI, et al., individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiffs/Class Representatives, vs. MARS INC., et al Defendants. ________________________________/ MALTZMAN FOREMAN PA AND KEEGAN AND BAKER, LLP'S MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL OF RECORD FOR PLAINTIFF DEBBIE RICE Pursuant to S.D. Fla. L.R. 7.1 and 11.1, and Rule 4-1.16(b) of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the undersigned counsel and the law firm of Maltzman Foreman, P.A. and Keegan and Baker, LLP respectfully request this Court to grant them leave to Withdraw as Counsel of Record for Plaintiff Debbie Rice, and in support thereof, states as follows: I. Introduction Debbie Rice retained the law firm of Maltzman Foreman to represent her in the above styled class action litigation on approximately July 19, 2007. The last
communication that any attorney at the law firm of Maltzman Foreman had with Debbie Rice was approximately at the end of May 2007 at which time she indicated that she wished to voluntarily dismiss her claims without prejudice. From the end of May 2007 until present, counsel at the law firm of Maltzman Foreman have repeatedly attempted to
contact Debbie Rice by telephone and email communication to no avail. Debbie Rice has never responded to any of these communications. Moreover, her last known telephone number is now no longer in service. II. Representation of Debbie Rice has been rendered unreasonably difficult and there is good cause to withdraw Rule 4-1.16 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar allows for counsel to withdraw from representation if: (1) withdrawal can be accomplished without material adverse effect on the interests of the client; (2) the client insists upon taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant, imprudent, or with which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement; (3) the client fails substantially to fulfill an obligation to the lawyer regarding the lawyer's services and has been given reasonable warning that the lawyer will withdraw unless the obligation is fulfilled; (4) the representation will result in an unreasonable financial burden on the lawyer or has been rendered unreasonably difficult by the client; or (5) other good cause for withdrawal exists. Given the fact that Debbie Rice has not informed counsel at Maltzman Foreman PA of her new contact information or responded to any communication, representation of Debbie Rice has been rendered impossible, and is sufficient legal grounds for withdrawal under Rule 4-1.16(4). Beard v. Shuttermart of Cal., Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10575, *7 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 13, 2008) ("A client's repeated failure to communicate with counsel in not responding to phone calls and written communication is sufficient to be considered conduct making it unreasonably difficult for counsel to carry out the litigation."); Benefield v. City of New York, 2006 NY Slip Op 26482, *3 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2006) ("Conflicts of interest, and a failure to communicate with the attorney, may be added to the list of reasons which may justify counsel's withdrawal. A client who fails to respond
to communications from his or her attorney may render continued representation unreasonably difficult."); Nat'l Career College, Inc. v. Spellings, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50705, *8 (D. Haw. July 11, 2007) (granting motion to withdraw based on based on "Plaintiffs' failure to communicate on all aspects of handling the case"). Furthermore, by failing to communicate with counsel, Debbie Rice has failed to fulfill her obligations to counsel at Maltzman Foreman PA and Keegan and Baker, LLP and has provided good cause for withdrawal III. Conclusion For the reasons set forth more specifically above, the undersigned counsel and law firm of Maltzman Foreman, P.A. and Keegan and Baker, LLP respectfully request this Court to enter an Order granting their Motion to Withdraw as Counsel for Plaintiff Debbie Rice, and for all other relief that this Court deems just and proper.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL RULE 7.1(3) Prior to filing this Motion and pursuant to this Court's local rules, the undersigned hereby certifies that she conferred with Defendants' representative and was advised that the all Defendants take no position as to the motion and Defendant Natura does not oppose the motion. Dated: August 22, 2008 Miami, FL S/ Catherine J. MacIvor CATHERINE J. MACIVOR (FBN 932711) firstname.lastname@example.org MALTZMAN FOREMAN, PA One Biscayne Tower 2 South Biscayne Boulevard -Suite 2300 Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: 305-358-6555 / Fax: 305-374-9077 PATRICK N. KEEGAN email@example.com JASON E BAKER firstname.lastname@example.org KEEGAN & BAKER, LLP 4370 La Jolla Village Drive Suite 640 San Diego, CA 92122 Tel: 858-552-6750 / Fax 858-552-6749 Attorneys for Plaintiffs
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE WE HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing was electronically filed with the Clerk of the Court via CM/ECF on this 22 day of August, 2008. We also certify that the foregoing was served on all counsel or parties of record on the attached Service List either via transmission of Notices of Electronic Filing generated by CM/ECF or in some other authorized manner for those counsel or parties who are not authorized to receive electronic Notices of Filing. S/ Catherine J. MacIvor ________________________________________ Catherine MacIvor
SERVICE LIST CASE NO. 07-21221 ALTONAGA/Brown CATHERINE J. MACIVOR email@example.com JEFFREY B. MALTZMAN firstname.lastname@example.org JEFFREY E. FOREMAN email@example.com DARREN W. FRIEDMAN firstname.lastname@example.org MALTZMAN FOREMAN, PA One Biscayne Tower 2 South Biscayne Boulevard -Suite 2300 Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: 305-358-6555 / Fax: 305-374-9077 Attorneys for Plaintiffs EDGAR R. NIELD email@example.com 4370 La Jolla Village Drive Suite 640 San Diego, CA 92122 Telephone: 858-552-6745 Facsimile: 858-552-6749 Attorney for Plaintiffs Attorneys for Defendants Menu Foods, Inc. and Menu Foods Income Fund LONNIE L. SIMPSON E-Mail: Lonnie.Simpson@dlapiper.com S. DOUGLAS KNOX E-Mail: Douglas.firstname.lastname@example.org DLA PIPER US LLP 100 N. Tampa Street, Suite 2200 Tampa, Florida 33602-5809 Telephone: (813) 229-2111 Facsimile: (813) 229-1447 Attorneys for Defendants Menu Foods, Inc. and Menu Foods Income Fund WILLIAM C. MARTIN E-Mail: email@example.com DLA PIPER RUDNICK GRAY CARY US LLP 203 North LaSalle Street Suite 1900 Chicago, Illinois 60601-1293 Attorneys for Defendants Menu Foods, Inc. and Menu Foods Income Fund ALEXANDER SHAKNES E-Mail: Alex.Shaknes@dlapiper.com AMY W. SCHULMAN E-Mail: Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org DLA PIPER US LLP 1251 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10020 Telephone: (212) 335-4829 PATRICK N. KEEGAN email@example.com JASON E BAKER firstname.lastname@example.org KEEGAN & BAKER, LLP 4370 La Jolla Village Drive Suite 640 San Diego, CA 92122 Telephone: 858-552-6750 Facsimile: 858-552-6749 Attorneys for Plaintiffs
MARK C. GOODMAN email@example.com SQUIRE, SANDERS & DEMPSEY LLP One Maritime Plaza Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94111-3492 Telephone: (415) 954-0200 Facsimile: (415) 393-9887
JOHN B.T. MURRAY, JR. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ROBIN L. HANGER E-Mail: email@example.com BARBARA BOLTON LITTEN firstname.lastname@example.org SQUIRE, SANDERS & DEMPSEY LLP 1900 Phillips Point West 777 South Flagler Drive Attorneys for Defendants PETCO Animal West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-6198 Supplies Stores Inc., PetSmart, Inc., Wal- Telephone: (561) 650-7200 Facsimile: (561) 655-1509 Mart Stores, Inc. and Target Corporation Attorneys for Defendants PETCO Animal Supplies Stores Inc., PetSmart, Inc., WalMart Stores, Inc. and Target Corporation JEFFREY S. YORK E-Mail: email@example.com MICHAEL GIEL E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org McGUIRE WOODS LLP 50 N. Laura Street, Suite 3300 Jacksonville, FL 32202 Telephone: (904) 798-2680 Facsimile: (904) 360-6330 Attorneys for Defendant Natura Pet Products, Inc. OMAR ORTEGA Email: email@example.com DORTA & ORTEGA, P.A. Douglas Entrance 800 S. Douglas Road, Suite 149 Coral Gables, Florida 33134 Telephone: (305) 461-5454 Facsimile: (305) 461-5226 Attorneys for Defendant Mars, Inc. and Mars Petcare U.S. and Nutro Products, Inc. ALAN G. GREER firstname.lastname@example.org RICHMAN GREER WEIL BRUMBAUGH MIRABITO & CHRISTENSEN 201 South Biscayne Boulevard Suite 1000 Miami, Florida 33131 Telephone: (305) 373-4000 Facsimile: (305) 373-4099 Attorneys for Defendants The Iams Co. KRISTEN E. CAVERLY E-Mail: email@example.com HENDERSON & CAVERLY LLP 16236 San Dieguito Road, Suite 4-13 P.O. Box 9144 (all US Mail) Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-9144 Telephone: 858-756-6342 x)101 Facsimile: 858-756-4732 Attorneys for Natura Pet Products, Inc.
BENJAMIN REID E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ANA CRAIG E-Mail: email@example.com CARLTON FIELDS, P.A. 100 S.E. Second Street, Suite 4000 Miami, Florida 33131-0050 Telephone: (305)530-0050 Facsimile: (305) 530-0050 Attorneys for Defendants Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. KARA L. McCALL firstname.lastname@example.org SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP One S. Dearborn Street Chicago, ILL 60633 Telephone: (312) 853-2666 Attorneys for Defendants Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
JOHN J. KUSTER email@example.com JAMES D. ARDEN firstname.lastname@example.org SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP 787 Seventh Avenue New York, New York 10019-6018 Telephone: (212) 839-5300 Attorneys for Defendants Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. RICHARD FAMA E-Mail: email@example.com JOHN J. McDONOUGH E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org COZEN O'CONNOR 45 Broadway New York, New York 10006 Telephone: (212) 509-9400 Facsimile: (212) 509-9492 Attorneys for Defendant Del Monte Foods
SHERRIL M. COLOMBO E-Mail: email@example.com COZEN O'CONNOR 200 South Biscayne Boulevard Suite 4410 Miami, Florida 33131 Telephone: (305) 704-5945 Facsimile: (305) 704-5955 Attorneys for Defendant Del Monte Foods Co.
DANE H. BUTSWINKAS E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PHILIP A. SECHLER E-Mail: email@example.com THOMAS G. HENTOFF E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PATRICK J. HOULIHAN E-Mail: email@example.com AMY R. DAVIS firstname.lastname@example.org JULI ANN LUND email@example.com WILLIAMS & CONNOLLY LLP 725 12th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005 Telephone: (202)434-5000 Attorneys for Defendants Nutro Products, Inc. Mars, Incorporated and Mars Petcare U.S.
JOHN F. MULLEN E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org COZEN O'CONNOR 1900 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Telephone: (215) 665-2179 Facsimile: (215) 665-2013 Attorneys for Defendant Del Monte Foods, Co. ROBERT C. TROYER E-Mail: email@example.com HOGAN & HARTSON 1200 17th Street One Tabor Center, Suite 1500 Denver, Colorado 80202 Telephone: (303) 899-7300 Facsimile: (303) 899-7333 Attorneys for Defendants Nestle Purina Petcare Co. JAMES K. REUSS E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org LANE ALTON & HORST Two Miranova Place Suite 500 Columbus, Ohio 43215 Telephone: (614) 233-4719 Attorneys for Defendant The Kroger Co. of Ohio
CAROL A. LICKO E-Mail: email@example.com HOGAN & HARTSON Mellon Financial Center 1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1900 Miami, Florida 33131 Telephone (305) 459-6500 Facsimile (305) 459-6550 Attorneys for Defendants Nestle Purina Petcare Co. CRAIG A. HOOVER E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org MIRANDA L. BERGE E-Mail: email@example.com HOGAN & HARTSON L.L.P. 555 13th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 Telephone: (202) 637-5600 Facsimile: (202) 637-5910 Attorneys for Defendants Nestle Purina Petcare Co. D. JEFFREY IRELAND E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org BRIAN D. WRIGHT E-Mail: email@example.com LAURA A. SANOM E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FARUKI IRELAND & COX 500 Courthouse Plaza, S.W. 10 North Ludlow Street Dayton, Ohio 45402 Attorneys for Defendant The Iams Co.
W. RANDOLPH TESLIK CRAIG P. KALIL E-Mail: email@example.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ANDREW J. DOBER JOSHUA D. POYER E-Mail: email@example.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD ABALLI MILNE KALIL & ESCAGEDO 2250 Sun Trust International Center LLP 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW One S.E. Third Avenue Washington, D.C. 20036 Miami, Florida 33131 Telephone: (202) 887-4000 Telephone: (303) 373-6600 Facsimile: (202) 887-4288 Facsimile: (305) 373-7929 Attorneys for Defendants New Albertson's Inc. Attorneys for New Albertson's Inc. and and Albertson's LLC Albertson's LLC RALPH G. PATINO E-Mail: email@example.com DOMINICK V. TAMARAZZO E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CARLOS B. SALUP E-Mail: email@example.com PATINO & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 225 Alcazar Avenue Coral Gables, Florida 33134 Telephone: (305) 443-6163 Facsimile: (305) 443-5635 Attorneys for Defendants Pet Supplies "Plus" and Pet Supplies Plus/USA, Inc. HUGH J. TURNER, JR. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org AKERMAN SENTERFITT & EDISON 350 E. Las Olas Boulevard Suite 1600 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301-2229 Telephone: (954)463-2700 Facsimile: (954)463-2224 Attorneys for Defendant Publix Super Markets, Inc. C. RICHARD FULMER, JR. E-Mail: rfulmer@Fulmer.LeRoy.com FULMER, LEROY, ALBEE, BAUMANN, & GLASS 2866 East Oakland Park Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306 Telephone: (954) 707-4430 Facsimile: (954) 707-4431 Attorneys for Defendant The Kroger Co. of Ohio ROLANDO ANDRES DIAZ E-Mail: email@example.com PETER S. BAUMBERGER E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org KUBICKI DRAPER 25 W. Flagler Street, Penthouse Miami, Florida 33130-1712 Telephone: (305) 982-6708 Facsimile: (305) 374-7846 Attorneys for Defendant Pet Supermarket, Inc.
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