IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
October 6, 2011
KEN MCMASTER, MAUREEN E. GALITZ, AND STEVEN E. FAWL, PLAINTIFFS,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, UNITED MANAGEMENT, UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE, AND KENNETH L. SALAZAR, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. United States District Judge
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY'S REQUEST FOR A REFUND OF HIS PRO HAC VICE APPLICATION FEE STATES BUREAU OF LAND
On September 28, 2011 Plaintiffs' attorney, Steven J. Lechner, filed a "Request for a Refund of [his] Pro Hac [Vice] Application Fee" since Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint ("FAC") was dismissed with prejudice and therefore, the Court "never ruled on [the pending] application for the admission of Steven J. Lechner pro hac vice." (ECF No. 43.)
On March 23, 2011 Lechner filed an application for admission to practice pro hac vice and paid the Clerk of the Court $180.00, as required by Local Rule 180(b)(2). (ECF No. 38.) This application had not been ruled upon when Plaintiffs' FAC was dismissed with prejudice and judgment entered in favor on Defendants on September 2, 2011. (ECF Nos. 40, 41.)
Local Rule 180(b)(2)(iii) prescribes: "If the pro hac vice application is denied, the Court may refund any or all of the fee or assessment paid by the attorney." Since Lechner's pro hac vice application was not granted, Steven J. Lechner shall be refunded the $180.00 fee paid to the Clerk of the Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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