Judge: Daniel M. Crowley, Case: 19STCV18370, Date: 2022-08-17 Tentative Ruling

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Case Number: 19STCV18370    Hearing Date: August 17, 2022    Dept: 28

Plaintiff’s Counsel Law Offices of Samer Habbas’s Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel

Having considered the moving papers, the Court rules as follows.


On May 28, 2019, Plaintiff Anthony Pancho (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendants Pomona Valley Chiropractic Clinic (“PVCC”) and Rafael Rios (“Rios”) for negligence.

On June 14, 2019, Rios filed an answer.

On July 18, 2022, Plaintiff’s Counsel Law Offices of Samer Habbas filed a Motion to be Relieved as Counsel, to be heard on August 10, 2022. The Court continued the hearing to August 17, 2022.

Trial is currently scheduled for December 28, 2022.



Plaintiff’s counsel, Law Offices of Samer Habbas request to be relieved as counsel for Plaintiff.



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. (Ramirez v. Sturdevant (1994) 21 Cal.App.4th 904, 915.)


Counsel has submitted a completed MC-051, MC-052 and MC-053 form. Counsel has provided a declaration stating that there has been an irreconcilable breakdown between parties. Counsel has indicated that Plaintiffs were served via mail, with a return receipt requested, as confirmed via phone conversation. Counsel submitted proof of service on all parties, in addition. As such, the Court grants the motion.  




Counsel for Plaintiff’s Motion to be Relieved as Counsel is GRANTED. Counsel for Plaintiff will be relieved upon filing proof of service upon the client of the Order Granting Attorney’s Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel--Civil (Judicial Council form MC-053).

               Counsel for Plaintiff is ordered to give notice of this ruling.

Counsel for Plaintiff is ordered to file the proof of service of this ruling with the Court within five days.

The parties are directed to the header of this tentative ruling for further instructions.