UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION
October 31, 2011
MORENO, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Otis D. Wright, II United States District Judge
Order DENYING Motion to Withdraw 
On October 19, 2011, Judith E. Hoover ("Hoover") brought a Motion to withdraw as counsel for Plaintiffs, Henry Moreno, Michelle Moreno, Elisha Moreno, James Moreno, Monique Moreno, Timothy Byrd, Kelli Byrd, E.B., and G.B. (Dkt. No. 32.) After full consideration of the papers filed in support, the Court hereby DENIES the Motion without prejudice.
On October 26, 2001, the Court ordered that this case and Case No. ED CV 10-08189 be consolidated. In doing so, the Court indicated that within thirty days, "Plaintiffs shall file an amended complaint setting forth the claims against each defendant. If Plaintiffs fail to do so, the Court will dismiss all claims without prejudice." (Dkt. No. 34.)
Hoover indicates that lead counsel in this case has been diagnosed with cancer, has recently been undergoing chemotherapy, and has intermittent contact with Hoover in recent months. (Mot. at 3.) While Hoover maintains that her "withdrawal will not prejudice any party," (Mot at 4), if the Court permits Hoover to withdraw, Plaintiffs will likely be prejudiced as they may be without competent counsel to file an amended complaint as ordered by the Court. Such failure will result in dismissal of their claims. Accordingly, Hoover's Motion must be denied at this time. Upon filing of an amended complaint, however, Hoover may renew her motion to withdraw. IT IS SO ORDERED.
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