Carter v. University of Texas at Dallas et al

Filing 22

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S #16 Motion to Disqualify Counsel - Signed by Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen. (CCie)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION GEANIECE D. CARTER, Plaintiff, No.19-12381 v. District Judge Paul D. Borman Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS, ET AL., / ORDER On August 12, 2019, Plaintiff Geaniece D. Carter filed a pro se civil complaint [ECF No. 1]. Before the Court is her motion to disqualify the Texas Attorney General as counsel for Defendants [ECF No. 16]. Motions to disqualify counsel are disfavored and “disqualification is considered a drastic measure which courts should hesitate to impose except when absolutely necessary.” Glenn v. Nasscond, Inc., No. 15-10270, 2016 WL 409409 at *2 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 3, 2016) (quoting Valley-Vulcan Mold Co. v. Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp., 237 B.R. 322, 337 (B.A.P. 6th Cir. 1999)). As Defendants point out in their response [ECF No. 18], the University of Texas at Dallas is an agency of the State of Texas, and under Texas law is entitled to representation by the State of Texas. Plaintiff does not allege that she had a prior clientattorney relationship with the Texas Attorney General, and therefore lacks standing to request disqualification. See State Farm Auto. Ins. Co. v. Elite Health Care Ctrs., Inc., 2019 WL 2576360, *2 (E.D. Mich. 2019)(citing Willis v. First Nat’l Bank Ass’n, 916 F.2d 714 (1990)(Table). In addition, Plaintiff has not identified any conflict of interest -1- that would necessitate disqualification. See Dana Corp. v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mut. of Northern Ohio, 900 F.2d 882, 889 (6th Cir. 1990). Therefore, Plaintiff’s motion to disqualify defense counsel [ECF No. 16] is DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/R. Steven Whalen R. STEVEN WHALEN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Dated: October 9, 2019 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify on October 9, 2019, that I electronically filed the foregoing paper with the Clerk of the Court sending notification of such filing to all counsel registered electronically. I hereby certify that a copy of this paper was mailed to non-registered ECF participants on October 9, 2019. -2-

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