Cannon v. Speedway LLC

Filing 23

ORDER regarding plaintiff's request for more time to hire new counsel 22 Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh. (MBea)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MARY ANN CANNON, Plaintiff, Case No. 16-10257 HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH vs. SPEEDWAY LLC, Defendant. ___________________________________/ ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST FOR MORE TIME TO HIRE NEW COUNSEL (DOC. 15) This matter is before the Court on plaintiff Mary Ann Cannon’s request for more time to hire new counsel. On January 10, 2017 the Court held a hearing on plaintiff’s counsel’s motion to withdraw. Plaintiff was served with notice of this hearing, but did not attend. Counsel asserted that a serious breakdown of the attorney-client relationship occurred to the extent that he could no longer effectively represent plaintiff. The Court granted counsel’s motion and stayed the case for thirty (30) days for plaintiff to retain new counsel and file an appearance. (Doc. 18). The order provided that in the event that no one files an appearance for plaintiff, she shall be deemed to be proceeding pro se and the Court will rule on the outstanding summary judgment motion without oral argument. -1- On June 20, 2017, the Court received a letter from plaintiff stating that she is having a hard time finding a new lawyer and asking the Court to “please be patient with me.” The Court construes this letter as a request for more time to find counsel. It has been over six months since the plaintiff’s counsel withdrew and no attorney has filed an appearance on plaintiff’s behalf. In her letter plaintiff does not provide any explanation regarding the efforts she has made to find new counsel. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment was filed November 14, 2016 and has been pending for eight months. The Court will not continue the stay on the pending motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff was represented by counsel at the commencement of this action, throughout discovery and during the briefing of her response to the summary judgment motion. Plaintiff will not be prejudiced by the Court making a determination on defendant’s motion without holding oral argument. If plaintiff hires new counsel, they should file an appearance immediately. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 20, 2017 s/George Caram Steeh GEORGE CARAM STEEH UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -2- CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on July 20, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail and also on Mary Ann Cannon, 770 Coleman, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. s/Barbara Radke Deputy Clerk -3-

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