Fox v. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
OPINION and ORDER Denying Plaintiff's Motion For Reconsideration 22 And Extending Scheduling Deadlines 24 . Signed by District Judge Bernard A. Friedman. (JCur)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Civil Action No. 16-CV-14030
HON. BERNARD A. FRIEDMAN
PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION
OPINION AND ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR
RECONSIDERATION AND EXTENDING SCHEDULING DEADLINES
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the
Court’s July 7, 2017, Order granting plaintiff’s attorney’s motion to withdraw [docket entry 22].
Defendant has filed a response. Pursuant to E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(f)(2), the Court shall decide this
motion without a hearing.
On July 7, 2017, the Court granted plaintiff’s attorney’s motion to withdraw.
Plaintiff’s attorney had cited an irreconcilable breakdown of the attorney-client relationship.1 Mot.
to Withdraw p. 2. He and plaintiff had fundamentally disagreed regarding future action. Id. This,
under Michigan’s rules of professional conduct, suffices to allow an attorney to withdraw.
Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration fails to offer any reason why the Court should
vacate its order. Indeed, plaintiff does not disagree that there was not a fundamental disagreement
or irreconcilable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship. Pro se filings should be construed
liberally, Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520–21 (1972), but the Court’s liberality is not limitless.
Plaintiff has not shown that the Court erred, so his motion for reconsideration is denied.
Defendant’s response notes that this irreconcilable difference presented itself in the middle of plaintiff’s deposition.
Further, “in light of the uncertainty regarding plaintiff’s representation,” defendant
requests that all scheduling deadlines be extended. The Court finds that defendant has shown good
cause for such an extension and that it is in the interests of justice.
IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration is denied.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all future deadlines shall be extended sixty days;
the Clerk shall issue an amendment scheduling order reflecting this change.
Dated: August 23, 2017
s/Bernard A. Friedman
BERNARD A. FRIEDMAN
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served upon counsel of record and
any unrepresented parties via the Court's ECF System to their respective email or First Class
U.S. mail addresses disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on August 23, 2017.
s/Johnetta M. Curry-Williams
Acting in the Absence of Carol Mullins
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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