Jackson et al v. The Aliera Companies Inc et al

Filing 150

ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFF'S 143 MOTION TO LIFT STAY AND DEFENDANT'S 146 MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL. The stay on the proceedings in this case as it relates to Aliera is lifted effective immediately. Defense counsel shall continue to represent Aliera for fifteen (15) days from the date of this order to allow Aliera time to retain substitute counsel. Signed by Judge Barbara J. Rothstein.(MW)

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Case 2:19-cv-01281-BJR Document 150 Filed 10/06/21 Page 1 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 JACKSON, et al. Case No.: 19-cv-01281-BJR Plaintiffs, v. 10 11 THE ALIERA COMPANIES, INC., et al. 12 ORDER REGARDING MOTION TO LIFT STAY AND MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL Defendants. 13 14 Currently before the Court are Plaintiffs’ Motion to Lift Stay (Dkt. No. 143) and a motion 15 to withdraw as counsel filed by the attorneys for Defendant The Aliera Companies Inc. 16 (“Aliera”) (Dkt. No. 146). The Court held a telephone conference regarding the motions, a 17 portion of which was held in camera, on October 6, 2021. The Court now rules on the motions as 18 follows: 19 In late 2020, this Court stayed the proceedings in this matter pending arbitration. On 20 September 2, 2021, the arbitrator in The Matter of the Arbitration between Gerald and Roslyn 21 Jackson, et al. v. The Aliera Companies, Inc., at al., American Arbitration Association Case No. 22 01-21-0001-0892, entered an Arbitration Award dismissing the arbitration for lack of jurisdiction 23 and returning it to proceed in this Court. Thereafter, Plaintiffs moved to lift the stay of the 1 Case 2:19-cv-01281-BJR Document 150 Filed 10/06/21 Page 2 of 2 1 proceedings in this Court. Having reviewed the motion and heard the parties’ arguments, the 2 Court HEREBY GRANTS the motion and the stay on the proceedings in this case as it relates to 3 Aliera is lifted effective immediately. 4 Further, the Court rules on defense counsel’s motion to withdraw as the attorneys for 5 Aliera as follows. The Court GRANTS the motion with the proviso that defense counsel shall 6 continue to represent Aliera for fifteen (15) days from the date of this order to allow Aliera time 7 to retain substitute counsel. At the expiration of the fifteen (15) day period, defense counsel is 8 released of any obligation to Aliera with respect to this case, regardless of whether substitute 9 counsel has made an appearance in this matter. 10 Dated this 6th day of October 2021. 11 A 12 Barbara Jacobs Rothstein U.S. District Court Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 2

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