Bolds-Johnson v. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Inc. et al

Filing 39

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER Directing MedStar to file, under seal, its Motion for Sanctions. Signed by Judge Peter J. Messitte on 6/4/2024. (kb3s, Deputy Clerk)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MARYLAND PETER J. MESSITTE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 6500 CHERRYNVOOD LANE GREENBELT,MARYLAND 20770 301-344-0632 MEMORANDUM TO: Counsel of Record FROM: Judge Peter J. Messitte RE: Bolds-Johnson v. MedStar S. Md. Hosp. Ctr.. Inc.. et al. No. 24-cv-42^ DATE: . * * Defendants Medstar Medical Group, LLC and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Inc. (MedStar) have recently filed a Motion for Sanctions against Plaintiff LaToya Bolds-Johnson and her counsel. See ECF No. 31. Although the Court has received a hardcopy of the Motion and its supporting documents, those papers have not been filed on this case's electronic docket. The day after MedStar filed its Motion for Sanctions, Sharika M. Robinson, Esq., who has appeared in this case pro hac vice, filed a Motion to Withdraw as Counsel for Ms. Bolds-Johnson. ECF No. 35. MedStar filed a response to Ms. Robinson's Motion, indicating that while MedStar takes no position as to Ms. Robinson's withdrawal, MedStar requests that the Court order Ms. Robinson to respond to its Motion for Sanctions. See ECF No. 36. Thereafter, counsel for Ms. Bolds-Johnson filed a reply in support of Ms. Robinson's Motion to Withdraw, leveling accusations that defense counsel has violated the Court's Local Rules by asking the Court to order Ms. Robinson to respond to its Motion for Sanctions, among other allegations. See ECF No. 37. The Court's Local Rule 105.8(b) provides that "a party need not respond to any motion" for sanctions "unless otherwise ordered by the Court." D. Md. Local R. 105.8(b). Accordingly, the Court ORDERS: 1. MedStar SHALL file, under seal,"its Motion for Sanctions and supporting documents on the case's electronic docket within three (3)days of this Order; 2. Counsel for Ms. Bolds-Johnson, including Ms. Robinson, SHALL respond to MedStar's Motion for Sanctions within seven (7) days of this Order; and - 3. The Court DEFERS ruling on Ms. Robinson's Motion to Withdraw as Counsel until such time as MedStar's Motion for Sanctions is resolved. Despite the informal nature of this ruling, it shall constitute an(Order of the Court and the Clerk is directed to docket it accordingly. ^ ter J. Messitte United-States District Judge CC: Court file Counsel of Record

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