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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Global Financial Support, Inc.

United States District Court, S.D. California

July 12, 2019

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, Plaintiff,
v.
GLOBAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT, INC., d/b/a STUDENT FINANCIAL RESOURCE CENTER, d/b/a COLLEGE FINANCIAL ADVISORY; and ARMOND ARIA a/k/a ARMOND AMIR ARIA, individually, and as owner and CEO of GLOBAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT, INC., Defendants.

          ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL FOR ALL DEFENDANTS

          HON. GONZALO P. CURIEL UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Presently before the Court is a June 3, 2019 motion by counsel for Defendants Global Financial Support, Inc. (“Global Financial”), and Armond Aria (collectively “Defendants”) to withdraw as attorney of record. (ECF No. 75.) On June 20, 2019, Plaintiff Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Plaintiff”) filed a notice of non-opposition. (ECF No. 78.) For the reasons articulated below, the motion is

         GRANTED.

         I. BACKGROUND

         On October 29, 2015, Plaintiff brought suit against Defendants under for alleged violations of Sections 1031(a), 1036(a)(1)(B), 1053 and 1055 of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536(a)(1)(B), 5564(a) and 5565 in connection with the offering, marketing, sale and provision of student financial aid advisory services, and under Section 1016 of Regulation P, 12 C.F.R. § 1016.4(a). (ECF No. 1.)

         On April 7, 2016, Defendants filed a motion to stay proceedings for the civil suit while the criminal suit was pending. (ECF No. 25.) On April 26, 2016, all discovery was stayed pending resolution of Defendants' motion to stay. (ECF No. 30.) On May 17, 2016, this Court issued an order staying proceedings for 120 days. (ECF No. 34.) This Court issued additional orders extending stay for sixty days at a time on:

• January 19, 2017. ECF No. 42.
• March 13, 2017. ECF No. 46.

         On May 12, 2017, this Court extended stay for 45 days until June 26, 2017. ECF No. 48. Then, it proceeded to order 60-day extensions on stay on • July 13, 2017. ECF No. 51.

• August 22, 2017. ECF No. 53.
• October 19, 2017. ECF No. 55.
• December 20, 2017. ECF No. 57.
• February 20, 2018. ECF ...

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