Means v. City and County of San Francisco, Department of Public Health

3:09-cv-00941 | N.D. Cal. | Oct 8, 2010

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SHERRY LYNN MEANS, Plaintiff, NO. C09-0941 TEH v. ORDER SHORTENING TIME ON MOTION TO WITHDRAW AND VACATING TRIAL DATE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, et al.,

Defendants. The Court is in receipt of the parties’ October 8, 2010 stipulation to an order shortening time on Plaintiff’s counsel’s motion to withdraw. The motion to withdraw shall be heard by the Court on Monday, October 25, 2010, at 10 a.m. , and the parties are ORDERED to adhere to the following schedule:

1. Plaintiff’s counsel shall personally serve a copy of this order on Plaintiff Sherry Lynn Means on or before Tuesday, October 12, 2010 . If Ms. Means cannot be personally located, she shall be served by overnight mail to her post office address of Post Office Box 5335, South San Francisco, California 94083. In any event, Plaintiff’s counsel shall file a proof of service with this Court no later than October 12. Plaintiff’s counsel shall also telephone Ms. Means on or before October 12 to communicate the contents of this order.

2. Plaintiff’s counsel may file a motion to withdraw as Ms. Means’s attorney no later than Tuesday, October 12, 2010 . The motion shall be personally served on all parties, including Ms. Means. Service on Ms. Means shall comply with all procedures and meet all deadlines described in Section 1 of this order.

3. If Ms. Means wishes to oppose Plaintiff’s counsel’s motion, she must personally appear before this Court, Courtroom 12 at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California, on Monday, October 25, 2010, at 10 a.m. Ms. Means is advised that she will need a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, to enter the courthouse.

4. If Ms. Means does not oppose Plaintiff’s counsel’s motion, Ms. Means must personally appear before this Court on Monday, October 25, 2010, at 10 a.m. , or make an appearance through her new attorney.
5. If neither Ms. Means nor her new counsel make an appearance on October 25, the Court will have no alternative but to conclude that Ms. Means is no longer interested in pursuing this matter and the Court will therefore dismiss this case with prejudice. The Court advises Ms. Means that “dismissal with prejudice” means that she will not be able to recover on any of the claims raised in the complaint filed in this case. This is true even if Ms. Means were to find a new attorney at a later date. Thus, if Ms. Means has any interest in pursuing the claims raised in the complaint, she must personally appear on October 25 if she has not found substitute counsel. The Court will be amenable to granting Ms. Means a limited extension of time in which to find new counsel if Ms. Means can demonstrate that she has been diligently searching for counsel or that she is now prepared to do so.
5. If Defendants’ counsel wish to oppose Plaintiff’s counsel’s motion, the opposition shall be filed and personally served no later than Tuesday, October 19, 2010 . Plaintiff’s counsel shall advise Ms. Means of the contents of Defendants’ opposition (1) no later than 24 hours after being served, and (2) using the procedures described in Section 1 of this order.
6. Any reply must be filed and personally served on all parties, including Ms. Means, no later than Thursday, October 21, 2010 . Service on Ms. Means shall comply with all procedures described in Section 1.
7. Prior to October 25, and until the Court enters a final order on Plaintiff’s counsel’s motion to withdraw, Curtis G. Oler remains counsel of record for Ms. Means. // // //
In light of the foregoing schedule, the trial date of November 2, 2010, is VACATED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Dated:10/08/10 THELTON E. HENDERSON, JUDGE

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT