United States of America v. Danley et al
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE by Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. Show Cause Hearing set for 9/8/2017 at 10:00 AM in Las Cruces - 360 Dona Ana Courtroom (South Tower) before Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. (sr)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Civ. No. 17-179 MV/GJF
JUSTIN DANLEY, et al.,
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
On August 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT, the Court held a Rule 16 telephonic scheduling
conference at which Melinda L. Wolinsky, counsel for Defendant New Mexico Department of
Taxation and Revenue (“NMTRD”), failed to appear. See ECF No. 20. Ms. Wolinsky did not
communicate with the Court in advance regarding her inability to appear. The CM/ECF system
provided electronic notice of the scheduling conference to the parties on June 15, 2017. 1 Id.
The Court is aware that Ms. Wolinsky has filed an Unopposed Motion to Dismiss the
Plaintiff’s complaint against NMTRD. ECF No. 22. The mere pendency of that motion is of
utterly no moment. Not only has that motion not been ruled on, the motion did not also seek
dismissal of the claims against NMTRD that were brought in Defendant J & M Storage’s
crossclaim. See ECF No. 4 at 4 (“Crossclaim against all other Defendants”) (emphasis added).
Consequently, Ms. Wolinsky’s client remains in this case and her appearance at this morning’s
telephonic hearing was mandatory.
This is not Ms. Wolinsky’s first failure to comply with deadlines in this case. She failed
to timely file an Answer or a Motion under Rule 12 [ECF No. 20], which resulted in the Court
The CM/ECF system provided electronic notice of the hearing to Ms. Wolinsky at email@example.com
on June 15, 2017 at 4:47 p.m. MDT.
issuing an Order to Show Cause. 2 Id. In light of Ms. Wolinsky’s recidivist violations, the Court
is contemplating the full panoply of appropriate sanctions.
THEREFORE, the Court HEREBY ORDERS Ms. Wolinsky, as well as Defendant New
Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue, through either Acting Cabinet Secretary John
Monforte or General Counsel Tonya Noonan Herring, to SHOW CAUSE, by appearing in
person at the United States Courthouse in Las Cruces, New Mexico in the Dona Ana Courtroom
on September 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., to explain Ms. Wolinsky’s failure to appear at the Rule 16
scheduling conference. 3
IT IS SO ORDERED.
THE HONORABLE GREGORY J. FOURATT
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Ms. Wolinsky also did not appear to the meet and confer for the Joint Status Report [ECF No. 23], but the Court
understands that she did not appear due to a “serious family emergency[.]”
Counsel for the other parties in this case are not required to attend this hearing.
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