Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RRA Update -- Still Waiting For Ruling On Emergency Enlargement


Remember that post from Friday which detailed efforts by RRA lawyers Steve Lippman and Riley Cirulnick to get an emergency enlargement of upcoming deadlines in a matter pending before Judge Cooke?

If you'll recall, Matthew S. Nelles at Ruden McClosky opposed the requested enlargement, basically arguing that the discovery deadlines date back to April and the RRA lawyers were dilatory in a number of respects and should have completed the discovery well before the whole Scott Rothstein stuff broke.

(Matt, if I missed something please feel free to chime in).

Well here comes the reply, filed Monday, which provides further insight into the difficulties faced by the RRA lawyers still at that firm trying to service clients:
GFM is accurate that ACE/Mr. Bennett/Ebway's counsel was "incommunicado" for the period their firm was undergoing this upheaval. Response at p.1. This is precisely why the extensions sought are appropriate. A receiver was appointed and questions about what counsel could and could not do had to be addressed. The computers were down; no email, no word processing, no research capability. Counsel are looking for new homes and making arrangements to move there. The short extensions sought under these circumstances are more than justified.
In a footnote these lawyers also note that Monday, the day of this filing, RRA's "entire computer system (including emails and phone) were disabled for approximately 2-3 hours."

Incidentally, it looks from the certificate of service that Steve and Riley landed or are landing over at Arthur Rice's firm.

Good luck fellas.

Oh, I almost forgot -- I managed to unearth a rare photograph of me taken with Scott and Kim Rothstein at an event we all attended last year.

Enjoy!

UPDATE -- Judge Cooke granted and denied the motion in part. She granted the enlargement as to the summary judgment deadline, but agreed with Matt as to the discovery deadlines, finding no causal relationship between the Scott Rothstein fiasco and failing to complete discovery within the court-ordered deadlines.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

SFL, you look like Jared Beck.

Anonymous said...

SFL, by that grin on Kimmies face you must be under her skirt

Fake Ishmael Boorg said...

SFL you look like you ought to be in Pennsylvania at a barn raising.

Mac said...

Was SR seriously an AV rated lawyer? This is why I think the MH ratings are utter bullshit. More of a popularity contest. Might as well tell people how many Facebook friends you have.

Anonymous said...

No way that's a Tom James suit. He's personally ruining the brand.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Actually, it's the Tom James special all-black Lubavitch line, complete with peyes and fedora.

Pretty sharp I think.

Anonymous said...

What bunch of tools...

Anonymous said...

Look at the button on Scotts' suit-- it is about to pop.

Anonymous said...

She has the same expression in every picture.

Anonymous said...

pained

Anonymous said...

Not for nothing, but Matt Nelles is a jerk. What a lack of professional courtesy.

Anonymous said...

Court granted the enlargement. I guess it did not help Matt to forget how to show professional courtesy because the Judge remembered how to do so.

Anonymous said...

So opposing was pointless and maybe counterproductive.

love dat kimmy said...

Boy do I lust after the Kimster. Her life would be so much better if he had just met me instead of that tub-o-torts.

Anonymous said...

Dude looks like Robin Williams.

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