Head v. Disttech, Inc et al
ORDER denying Plaintiff's 69 Motion to Appoint Guardian Ad Litems for the Purpose of Evaluating Settlement. The parties are ORDERED to refile this Motion as a stipulated motion, noted for same-day consideration, no later than December 6, 2017. Signed by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (PM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
ROMERO HEAD, as the court-appointed
Personal Representative of the Estate of
ROMEO A. HEAD,
CASE NO. C16-1727 RSM
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO
APPOINT GUARDIAN AD LITEMS
DISTTECH, LLC, et al.,
This matter comes before the Court on the Plaintiff’s Motion to Appoint Guardian Ad
17 Litems for the Purpose of Evaluating Settlement. Dkt. #69. The Court finds that, under LCR
18 17(c), it has authority to appoint independent guardian ad litems for minors in this case for the
19 purposes of settlement. Defendants object to the guardians proposed by Plaintiff, arguing that
20 they are “professionally aligned with Plaintiff’s counsel.” Dkt. #70 at 1. Plaintiff disagrees
21 with this assertion, but has suggested several other attorneys for the Court to consider,
22 presumably attorneys who are not professionally aligned with Plaintiff’s counsel.
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The Court believes this issue can best be resolved by cooperation between the parties
and will order the parties to refile this motion as a stipulated motion as soon as possible, listing
agreed upon, independent guardian ad litems for the Court’s consideration. Counsel is directed
to obtain the consent of proposed guardian ad litems before filing.
Having reviewed the relevant briefing and the remainder of the record, the Court hereby
finds and ORDERS that Plaintiff’s Motion to Appoint Guardian Ad Litems for the Purpose of
Evaluating Settlement, Dkt. #69, is DENIED. The parties are ORDERED to refile this Motion
as a stipulated motion, noted for same-day consideration, no later than December 6, 2017.
DATED this 29 day of November, 2017.
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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