IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 19, 2011
STEPHEN C. PEHLE, PLAINTIFF,
RONALD DAVID DUFOUR; AND DUFOUR ENTERPRISES, INC., DEFENDANTS.
On November 18, 2010, the district judge in this action issued a minute order referring the matter to the undersigned for a two day bench trial to be held within ninety days. Dckt. No. 46. The minute order also provided that a final pretrial order shall be issued by the undersigned and scheduled a hearing on defendants' counsel's motion to withdraw as counsel for hearing before the district judge on January 13, 2011. Id. Therefore, on November 23, 2010, the undersigned issued an order directing the parties to meet and confer and to file, on or before December 8, 2010, a joint status report addressing various scheduling matters. Dckt. No. 47.
On December 8, 2010, the parties filed a joint status report and requested that the court defer the parties' required completion of the status report until after the district judge rules on defendants' counsel's motion to withdraw as counsel for defendants, which was noticed for hearing on January 13, 2011 and which was taken under submission by the district judge onJanuary 11, 2011.*fn1 Dckt. Nos. 34, 46, 49. The parties contend that aspects of the status report, "such as choosing trial dates cannot be performed until defendants' counsel's status is determined and, in any event, would be rendered moot if the case is resolved. Dckt. No. 48.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that within fourteen days of the filing of any order regarding defendants' counsel's motion to withdraw, the parties shall once again meet and confer about the matters set forth in the December 8, 2010 order and shall file a further status report addressing those matters.