Reviewing court denies motion brought by Cynthia Former and Champak Sadhu to disqualify judge assigned to the HDBS case
On Thursday October 31, 2013, the Honorable Judge Miller of the Harris County District Court denied a Motion brought by Cynthia Former and Champak Sadhu through their attorney Chris Juravich to recuse (disqualify) Judge Englehart, the Judge assigned by the Harris County District Clerk to hear HDBS' Declaratory Judgement motion. The Court concluded that the Motion brought by Attorney Juravich be denied because none of the reasons listed by him, neither indivually nor collectively, were sufficient to merit removal of Judge Englehart under the law.
HDBS seeks to move towards resolution and come to a mutually acceptable negotiated settlement with all interested parties
Despite this most recent decision, the legal battles may continue outside HDBS' control. Defendant, through Attorney Juravich, has a hearing scheduled for Monday, November 4 2013 for a Motion to "Show Authority" to remove Ashish Mahendru as HDBS counsel. This is totally unnecessary.
While HDBS EB has retained the law firm of LaSusa and Deb PLLC to explore the possibility of negotiating with all interested parties for a consolidated settlement agreement to resolve all litigation issues in the best interest of HDBS, Ashish Mahendru continues to serve as HDBS' authorized litigation attorney to defend the rights of the organization and its volunteers in court.
HDBS urges Good Faith response from defendant to pass on Monday November 4 2013 Motion to Show Authority
Through Counsel, HDBS has requested Mr. Juravich to drop Monday's unwarranted Hearing based on the fact that Mila Sengupta, HDBS President, testified in response to Juravich's questioning at the October 31st hearing that Ashish Mahendru is indeed the authorized attorney for HDBS. By doing so, she affirmed HDBS Executive Board's position. It should be noted that Mr. Juravich subpoenaed Mila Sengupta for the 3rd time in 30 days to compel her testimony and that she attended at great personal inconvenience requiring her to miss work and drive through torrential rainstorms to be questioned by Mr. Juravich for less than 3 minutes.
HDBS is hopeful that members in communication with Attorney Juravich will use their influence to ensure that Monday's Hearing is passed and that HDBS and its volunteers are not subjected to unnnecessary legal expense and harassment.
HDBS Legal Committee and Executive Board
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