Baker et al v. Ocwen Loan Servicing et al

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-02676

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE. Show Cause Response due by 12/28/2015. Proof of Service this Order upon General Counsel or Senior Client Contact due by 12/21/15. Signed by Judge Jeffrey S. White on 12/14/15.

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 JEFFREY BAKER, et al., Case No. 15-cv-02676-JSW Plaintiffs, 8 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE v. 9 10 OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, et al., Defendants. 11 12 This case came before the Court for a case management conference on December 11, 2015, Northern District of California United States District Court 13 at 11:00 a.m. Ryan K. Woodson, Esq., counsel for Defendants in this matter, failed to appear. 14 Alternate counsel appeared on behalf of Defendant. Counsel did not seek leave from this Court 15 for alternate counsel to appear in lead counsel's place. Additionally, alternate counsel was not 16 prepared with regard to either the case itself or Mr. Woodson's schedule. Indeed, alternate 17 counsel had not been informed which party he was to represent, and had not spoken with Mr. 18 Woodson regarding this case. 19 This Court's Civil Local Rules provide as follows: 20 Unless excused by the Judge, lead trial counsel for each party must attend the initial Case Management Conference. Requests to 21 participate in the conference by telephone must be filed and served at least 7 days before the conference or in accordance with the 22 Standing Orders of the assigned Judge. 23 N.D. Cal. Civil L.R. 16-10(a). 24 Additionally, this Court's Order Setting Case Management Conference in this case 25 provided: 26 The parties shall appear in person through lead counsel to discuss all items referred to in this Order and with authority to enter 27 stipulations, to make admissions and to agree to further scheduling dates. 28 1 (Do ocket No. 11 1.) 2 On Deccember 10, 2015 2 at 10:33 3 a.m., Defeendants filedd a motion foor leave for M Mr. 3 Wo oodson to ap ppear telepho onically at th he case manaagement connference the following dday. The 4 Court denied th his motion by b order issueed on Decem mber 10, 20115 at 11:46 aa.m. The Orrder Denying g 5 Deefendants' Motion M to App pear Telepho onically at C Case Manageement Confeerence reiteraated: 6 As set forth h in the orderr setting the case managgement confeerence, all parties mustt appear in person p throough lead coounsel with authority 7 to enter into o stipulationss, to make addmissions, aand to agree to further scheduling dates. d 8 9 (Do ocket No. 50 0 (emphasis in original).) 10 THE COURT hereb by issues an ORDER TO O SHOW CA AUSE why C Counsel Ryaan K. 11 Wo oodson, Esq., should nott be sanction ned in the am mount of $2,5500.00 for vviolation of thhis Court's 12 rules and orderrs. No later than t Decemb ber 28, 20155, Mr. Wooddson shall shhow cause, inn writing, Northern District of California United States District Court 13 wh hy sanctions should not be b imposed. If Mr. Wooodson fails too show causee in writing, the Court 14 willl impose mo onetary sancctions in the amount of $$2,500.00. A Any award of sanctions m must be paid d 15 by Mr. Woodso on personallly, and not by Mr. Wooddson's clientts. 16 No later than Decem mber 21, 2015, Mr. Wooodson shall sserve a copyy of this ordeer upon 17 gen neral counseel or a seniorr client contaact on behalff of each of hhis clients, aand shall filee a proof of 18 serrvice with this Court thatt includes the name and title of eachh individual sserved. 19 IT IS SO S ORDER RED. 20 Daated: Decemb ber 14, 2015 5 21 22 ___________________________ JE EFFREY S. W WHITE 23 Unnited States D District Judgge 24 25 26 27 28 2