IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
March 13, 2013
GEORGE S. LOUIE, PLAINTIFF,
STOMER FAMILY 2000 REVOCABLE TRUST DBA STROMER REALTY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
By order filed January 4, 2013, the court continued the stay in this case for approximately six (6) months, and ordered status reports to be filed on or before July 12, 2013. (Dkt. No. 99.)*fn1
Thereafter, on February 14, 2013, intervening non-party lien claimant Elena Sadur ("Sadur") filed a motion to modify the stay presently in place. (Dkt. No. 101.) The motion is presently set for hearing on March 21, 2013, and Sadur's attorney has filed a request for a telephonic appearance at the hearing. (Dkt. No. 104, 111.) After reviewing the papers in support of the motion, the court finds that oral argument would not be of material assistance in deciding the motion and resolves the motion on the record and briefing submitted. See E.D. Cal. L.R. 230(g).
Sadur requests that the stay in this case be modified to allow her to file liens in any other case in which plaintiff George Louie is a plaintiff. However, Sadur does not explain why, or provide any authority that, the present stay in this case would impact her ability to file liens in other cases. The liabilities allegedly owed by plaintiff to Sadur do not derive from this case, but instead from judgments in other cases. Sadur is merely a non-party lien claimant in this case, attempting to enforce her rights as a judgment creditor of judgments entered in other cases. As such, any stay in this particular case does not preclude Sadur from pursuing her rights derived from another case in other non-stayed cases. Therefore, the court denies Sadur's motion to modify the stay.
The court also observes that attorney Keith Cable, who has represented and still represents plaintiff in other lawsuits in this court, filed several documents in opposition to Sadur's motion and request for telephonic appearance, ostensibly on plaintiff's behalf. The court has disregarded such filings (and any responsive filings by Sadur), because Mr. Cable is not a party to this case and has not entered an appearance on behalf of plaintiff, who is presently proceeding without counsel. If Mr. Cable intends to substitute in as counsel for plaintiff, especially in light of plaintiff's apparent illness, Mr. Cable shall file a notice of appearance within 28 days of this order.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The March 21, 2013 hearing on non-party lien claimant Sadur's motion to modify the stay is VACATED.
2. Sadur's request for a telephonic appearance (dkt. no. 111) is DENIED AS MOOT.
3. Sadur's motion to modify the stay (dkt. no. 101) is DENIED.
4. If attorney Keith Cable intends to represent plaintiff in this action, he shall file a notice of appearance within 28 days of this order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.