Targin Sign Systems, Inc. v. Preferred Chiropractic Center, LTD.
MEMORANDUM Order. (attachments) Signed by the Honorable Milton I. Shadur on 8/2/2010:Mailed notice(srn, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION TARGIN SIGN SYSTEMS, INC., etc., Plaintiff, v. PREFERRED CHIROPRACTIC CENTER, LTD., Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
09 C 1399
MEMORANDUM ORDER This is not the first time that Caroline Abraham has seen fit to communicate with this Court directly (or in this instance, with this Court's minute clerk, which amounts to the same thing under the circumstances) by a letter.1 This memorandum order is
issued in the expectation that, with the brief explanation provided here, no further repetition of that practice will take place. To begin with, though Ms. Abraham has stated on each occasion that she cannot afford a lawyer, that does not entitle her to enlist this Court as a proxy for a lawyer to represent her interests, as she requests. As and when any issue relevant to
this litigation is posed to this Court in the proper way, it will deal with such issue (just as it has done in the past).
At one time Ms. Abraham had been named a third-party defendant by defendant Preferred Chiropractic Center, Ltd., but its Third-Party Complaint was dismissed voluntarily in early January of this year.
Ms. Abraham must also understand that no ex parte communications are proper--that is, all parties to an action must be provided with copies of any communication sent to the court. Accordingly this Court will attach Ms. Abraham's July 25 letter and its enclosures to this memorandum order, and it orders that those materials be made part of the court file. Finally, if what has been said has not already made this clear to Ms. Abraham, no further communications of a type that do not conform to the prescribed standards for court submissions will be entertained. And as for Ms. Abraham's current indication
that she has problems with plaintiff's counsel, this Court is not in a position to rule on those problems as submitted.
________________________________________ Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge Date: August 2, 2010
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