In a telephone hearing today in the South Carolina Federal Court Magistrate Judge Thomas E Rogers, III made the following rulings after TELEPHONE CONFERENCE with the parties and counsel.
1. Howard K. Stern on behalf of the Estate for Anna Nicole Smith had agreed to the Attorney of Record to Withdraw and the Memorandum for reasons to withdraw be sealed The Court Agreed and Ordered that the reason be sealed and Susan M. Brown’s current attorney can and as of today has withdrawn from the case.
2. Stern offered to give The Brown Law Offices and Susan M. Brown thirty days to seek new counsel. Magistrate Judge Thomas E Rogers, III ruled Brown had only ten (10) days to find new counsel or would represent herself Pro Se.
3. Smith’s Estate had offered a “reasonable period of time for the Brown defendants to have discovery”. Magistrate Judge Thomas E Rogers, III ruled that; “Court will stay scheduling deadlines for a period of 10 days
4. The Estate says the only Motion currently pending before the court is the amount of attorneys fees that Brown and her firm owes for the Contempt proceedings, no ruling on that was made today. L. Lin Wood, Luke Lantta and Nicole Jennings Wade, lead attorneys are optimistic that a mediated settlement is possible but has not happened to date, therefore if necessary the Estate is ready for final Pretrial Motions to be filed and then a jury trial.
April 21, 2011 Anna Nicole Smith's Estate Joint Status Report on Case Against Susan M. Brown Et. Al. (233)
April 14, 2011 Anna Nicole Smith's Local Counsel Request to be Excused from hearing as Lead attorney Luke Lantta will be present for Executor Howard K. Stern (276)
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April 21, 2011
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