UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 31, 2010
IN RE HYDROXYCUT MARKETING AND SALES PRACTICES LITIGATION
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz United States District Judge
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO INTERVENE
On February 12, 2010, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a) and La. Rev. Stat. § 37:218, attorneys and entities Jeffrey P. Berniard, Berniard Law Firm, Madro Bandaries, Madro Bandaries PLC, Gregory P. DiLeo, and Jennifer B. Eagan filed a Motion to Intervene [docket entry 82] ("Motion"). The motion was set for hearing on July 23, 2010. No opposition or response to the Motion was filed. The matter was deemed suitable for determination without oral argument and was submitted on the papers.
Upon consideration of the Motion and relevant authority, the Motion is hereby GRANTED. Louisiana courts have consistently recognized the right of the discharged attorney to enforce his claim for fees by means of intervention in the suit in which the attorney provided service. "Also recognized has been the right of a discharged attorney to enforce his properly perfected claim for a contracted fee under La. Rev. Stat. § 37:218 not only against his former client, but also against the opposing party in the suit filed by his former client." Simmons v. Chambliss, 852 So. 2d 1237, 1239 (La. App. 2003); see also Oubre v. Lousiana Citizens Fair Plan, 8 So. 3d 99,102 (La. App. 2009).
Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that Jeffrey P. Berniard, Berniard Law Firm, Madro Bandaries, Madro Bandaries PLC, Gregory P. DiLeo, and Jennifer B. Eagan shall be named as plaintiffs in intervention for purposes of enforcing their claims for attorneys fees in this case.
Any party who may oppose the right to or amount of fees, however, shall be entitled to a hearing upon request. See Robichaux v. Cade, 357 So. 2d 849, 852 (La. App. 1978).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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