Don't Piss Off the Judge

An actual judicial order issued last week by a federal judge in Austin, Texas.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
AUSTIN DIVISION


THERESA MORRIS, WIFE OF
BOB MORRIS,
                Plaintiff,

-vs-


JOHN COKER, ALLIS-CHALMERS
CORPORATION AND/OR STRATE
DIRECTIONAL DRILLING, INC.,

                Defendants.

ORDER

BE IT REMEMBERED on this day the Court reviewed the files in the above-styled causes, and now enters the following opinion and orders.

Non-parties Lance Langford, Erik Hoover, and Brigham Oil & Gas, L.P. invite the Court to quash subpoenas issued to them on behalf of Jonathan L. Woods, in relation to a matter currently pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette-Opelousas Division, because the subpoenas were not properly served, are overly broad and unduly burdensome, and seek privileged information. In response, the Court issues the following invitation of its own:

Greetings and Salutations!

You are invited to a kindergarten party on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2 of the United States Courthouse, 200 W. Eighth Street, Austin, Texas.

The party will feature many exciting and informative lessons, including:

Invitation to this exclusive event is not RSVP. Please remember to bring a sack lunch! The United States Marshals have beds available if necessary, so you may wish to bring a toothbrush in case the party runs late.

Accordingly,

IT IS ORDERED that defense counsel Jonathan L. Woods, and movants' attorney Travis Barton, shall appear in Courtroom 2 of the United States Courthouse, 200 W. Eighth Street, Austin, Texas, on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., for a memorable and exciting event;

IT IS FINALLY ORDERED that Mr. Barton is responsible for notifying Mr. Woods of this order by providing him with a copy by mail or fax on this date.

SIGNED this the 26th day of August 2011.

SAM SPARKS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

(See the order -- PDF, 76K)

Update: We hear from the Texas Lawyer Blog that attorney Travis Barton provided this update: "On August 29, we informed the Court that the underlying case had settled and all issues had been resolved in the week before the Court issued the August 26 order. The Court cancelled the hearing." Opposing attorney Jonathan Woods had no comment.

Posted September 2, 2011

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