This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 06/14/2019 at 08:58:04 (UTC).

ROMIT RUSSOTA VS COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION ET AL

Case Summary

On 06/12/2017 ROMIT RUSSOTA filed a Personal Injury - Other Personal Injury lawsuit against COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judge overseeing this case is CHRISTOPHER K. LUI. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    ****4601

  • Filing Date:

    06/12/2017

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Other Personal Injury

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Stanley Mosk Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Presiding Judge

CHRISTOPHER K. LUI

 

Party Details

Plaintiff and Petitioner

RUSSOTA ROMIT

Defendants and Respondents

DOES 1 THROUGH 100

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION

SUAREZ RUBEN

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff and Petitioner Attorneys

LIBMAN MICHAEL J.

FINE EDWARD S. ESQ.

LIBMAN MICHAEL JACOB

Defendant and Respondent Attorneys

MURCHISON & CUMMING LAW OFFICES OF

EILER JAMES OLNEY

 

Court Documents

Opposition

9/13/2018: Opposition

REPLY OF DEFENDANTS COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION AND RUBEN SUAREZ TO PLAINTIFF'S OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO RECLASSIFY UNLIMITED CIVIL CASE TO LIMITED CIVIL CASE; ETC.

9/19/2018: REPLY OF DEFENDANTS COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION AND RUBEN SUAREZ TO PLAINTIFF'S OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO RECLASSIFY UNLIMITED CIVIL CASE TO LIMITED CIVIL CASE; ETC.

Minute Order

9/26/2018: Minute Order

Ex Parte Application

10/31/2018: Ex Parte Application

Motion in Limine

3/21/2019: Motion in Limine

Motion in Limine

3/21/2019: Motion in Limine

Motion in Limine

3/21/2019: Motion in Limine

Minute Order

3/25/2019: Minute Order

Declaration

4/4/2019: Declaration

Notice of Ruling

4/5/2019: Notice of Ruling

Ex Parte Application

6/6/2019: Ex Parte Application

NOTICE OF POSTING OF JURY FEES;CIVIL DEPOSIT

6/12/2018: NOTICE OF POSTING OF JURY FEES;CIVIL DEPOSIT

Unknown

6/12/2018: Unknown

ANSWER OF DEFENDANT COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION TO COMPLAINT OF PLAINTIFF ROMIT RUSSOTA

8/3/2017: ANSWER OF DEFENDANT COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION TO COMPLAINT OF PLAINTIFF ROMIT RUSSOTA

DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL AND NOTICE OF POSTING JURY FEES

8/3/2017: DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL AND NOTICE OF POSTING JURY FEES

PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS

9/25/2017: PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS

Unknown

9/29/2017: Unknown

DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL AND NOTICE OF POSTING JURY FEES

9/29/2017: DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL AND NOTICE OF POSTING JURY FEES

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Docket Entries

  • 06/06/2019
  • at 08:30 AM in Department 4A, Christopher K. Lui, Presiding; Hearing on Ex Parte Application (order for a short continue of trial and expert discovery deadlines only;) - Held - Motion Granted

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  • 06/06/2019
  • Ex Parte Application (order for a short continue of trial and expert discovery deadlines only;); Filed by Romit Russota (Plaintiff)

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  • 06/06/2019
  • Minute Order ( (Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application order for a short continue o...)); Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/30/2019
  • at 08:30 AM in Department 4A, Christopher K. Lui, Presiding; Jury Trial - Not Held - Advanced and Continued - by Court

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  • 04/23/2019
  • at 10:00 AM in Department 4A, Christopher K. Lui, Presiding; Final Status Conference - Not Held - Advanced and Continued - by Court

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  • 04/15/2019
  • at 10:00 AM in Department 4A, Christopher K. Lui, Presiding; Final Status Conference - Not Held - Advanced and Continued - by Court

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  • 04/05/2019
  • at 08:30 AM in Department 4A, Christopher K. Lui, Presiding; Hearing on Ex Parte Application (To Continue Trial and all related trial deadlines) - Held - Motion Granted

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  • 04/05/2019
  • Minute Order ( (Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application To Continue Trial and all re...)); Filed by Clerk

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  • 04/05/2019
  • Notice of Ruling; Filed by Costco Wholesale Corporation (Defendant)

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  • 04/05/2019
  • Ex Parte Application (To Continue Trial and all related Trial Deadlines); Filed by Romit Russota (Plaintiff)

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  • 08/03/2017
  • DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL AND NOTICE OF POSTING JURY FEES

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  • 08/03/2017
  • Receipt; Filed by Costco Wholesale Corporation (Defendant)

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  • 08/03/2017
  • Demand for Jury Trial; Filed by Costco Wholesale Corporation (Defendant)

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  • 08/03/2017
  • CIVIL DEPOSIT

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  • 08/03/2017
  • Answer; Filed by Costco Wholesale Corporation (Defendant)

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  • 07/06/2017
  • PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS

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  • 07/06/2017
  • Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint); Filed by Romit Russota (Plaintiff)

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  • 06/12/2017
  • Complaint; Filed by Romit Russota (Plaintiff)

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  • 06/12/2017
  • SUMMONS

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  • 06/12/2017
  • COMPLAINT FOR: 1. PREMISES LIABILITY; 2. NEGLIGENCE; ETC

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: BC664601    Hearing Date: February 13, 2020    Dept: 28

Motion to be Relieved as Counsel

Having considered the moving papers, the Court rules as follows. opposing papers have been filed.

BACKGROUND

On June 12, 2017, Plaintiff Romit Russota (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Defendants Costco Wholesale Corporation and Ruben Suarez alleging premises liability and negligence for a slip-and-fall that occurred on January 17, 2016.

On November 14, 2019, the Court dismissed Defendant Ruben Suarez with prejudice.

On January 13, 2019, Michael J. Libman, counsel for Plaintiff, filed a motion to be relieved as counsel pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section 284, subdivision (2).

A trial setting conference is set for March 4, 2020.

PARTY’S REQUEST

Michael J. Libman seeks to be relieved as counsel for Plaintiff because there has been a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.

LEGAL STANDARD

California Rule of Court rule 3.1362 (Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel) requires (1) notice of motion and motion to be directed to the client (made on the Notice of Motion and Motion to be Relieved as Counsel—Civil form (MC-051)); (2) a declaration stating in general terms and without compromising the confidentiality of the attorney-client relationship why a motion under Code of Civil Procedure section 284(2) is brought instead of filing a consent under Code of Civil Procedure section 284(1) (made on the Declaration in Support of Attorney's Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel—Civil form (MC-052)); (3) service of the notice of motion and motion and declaration on all other parties who have appeared in the case; and (4) the proposed order relieving counsel (prepared on the Order Granting Attorney's Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel—Civil form (MC-053)).

The court has discretion to allow an attorney to withdraw, and such a motion should be granted provided that there is no prejudice to the client and it does not disrupt the orderly process of justice. (See Ramirez v. Sturdevant (1994) 21 Cal.App.4th 904, 915.)

DISCUSSION

Michael J. Libman has completed forms MC-051, MC-052, and MC-053.  These documents were served on Plaintiff on January 13, 2020 by U.S. mail.  Michael J. Libman declares that there has been a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.

The Court finds the motion is properly granted.  There is no evidence showing Plaintiff would be prejudiced of the orderly process of justice would be disrupted in granting this motion.  Trial is not set in this matter.  Plaintiff has enough time to retain substitute counsel and for that counsel to prepare for trial.

CONCLUSION

The motion is GRANTED.

Michael J. Libman is relieved as counsel for Plaintiff effective upon the filing of the proof of service of Order Granting Attorney’s Motion to be Relieved as Counsel–Civil form MC–053.

Michael J. Libman is ordered to give notice of this ruling.