Blake-Orr v. SCANA Corporation
Order vacating without prejudice 43 Order Dismissing Case (60 Day Settlement Order) , granting 49 MOTION to be relieved as counsel. The Clerk of Court is directed to reopen the case and restore it to the docket. Plaintiff should notify the court no later than July 31, 2017, of substitute counsel or that she intends to proceed pro se. Signed by Honorable Margaret B Seymour on 6/30/2017. (asni, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
SCANA Services, Inc., d/b/a SCANA
C/A No. 3:16-1756-MBS
This matter is before the court on motion of J. Lewis Cromer and Shannon M. Polvi
(“Counsel”), on behalf of themselves and of the firm of Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC, to be
relieved as counsel for Plaintiff Laura Blake-Orr. The motion was filed on May 17, 2017. Counsel
indicate that there has been a break down in the attorney-client relationship. In accordance with
Local Civil Rule 83.I.07, D.S.C., Counsel (1) provided the court with a mailing address and phone
number for Plaintiff; and (2) confirmed that Plaintiff had been provided with a copy of the motion
and an explanation of her right to object. Plaintiff responded to counsel’s motion on June 23, 2017.
Plaintiff does not object to counsel’s withdrawal from representation, but asks the court to stay
deadlines in order to allow her to obtain new counsel.
The within matter was closed by Rubin Order on March 9, 2017, as the court was informed
the case had settled. On May 10, 2017, the court stayed the Rubin Order to allow completion of the
settlement. It now appears that Plaintiff may wish to withdraw from the settlement agreement.
Based on the information before it, the court grants counsel’s motion to be relieved as
counsel (ECF No. 49). The court further vacates the Rubin Order (ECF No. 43), without prejudice.
The Clerk of Court is directed to reopen the case and restore it to the docket. Plaintiff should notify
the court no later than July 31, 2017, of substitute counsel or that she intends to proceed pro se.
PLAINTIFF IS CAUTIONED THAT SHOULD SHE FAIL TO TIMELY COMPLY
WITH THIS ORDER, SHE COULD BE SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS, INCLUDING
DISMISSAL OF HER COMPLAINT FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE PURSUANT TO
FED. R. CIV. P. 41(B).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Margaret B. Seymour
Senior United States District Judge
Columbia, South Carolina
June 30, 2017
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