-HBP Reed et al v. Delta Airlines, Inc. et al, No. 1:2010cv01053 - Document 23 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: The plaintiff's application for appointment of counsel filed December 21, 2010 is denied at this time without prejudice to renewal, as set forth in this Order. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 12/21/2010) (jpo)
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-HBP Reed et al v. Delta Airlines, Inc. et al Doc. 23 United States District Court Southern District of New York FILED . -, -,------- SHARON REED, Plaintiff, 10 Civ. 1053 (JGK) - against DELTA AIRLINES, INC., ET AL., Defendants. MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER JOHN G. KOELTL, District Judge: The plaintiff's application for appointment of counsel filed December 21, 2010 is denied at this time without prejudice to renewal. For the Court to order the appointment of counsel, a plaintiff must, as a threshold matter, demonstrate that her claim has substance or a likelihood of success on the merits. See v. Police Officers, 802 F.2d 58, 61-62 (2d Cir. 1986). Only then can the Court consider the other factors appropriate to determination of whether counsel should be appointed: "plaintiff's ability to obtain representation independently, and [the plaintiff's] ability to handle the case without assistance in the light of the required factual investigation, the complexity of the legal issues, and the need for expertly conducted cross-examination to test veracity. II v. A. Sargenti Co., Inc., 877 F.2d 170, 172 (2d Cir. 1989). Dockets.Justia.com At this point in the proceedings 1 the Court denies the plaintiff's application for appointment of counsel without prejudice to renewal. The defendant concedes that the plaintiff is entitled to a reimbursement of $650 plus interest on her breach of contract claim failed to refund to her. l representing money that the defendant Thus 1 the plaintiff has shown a likelihood of success on the merits to that limited extent. This apparently meritorious claim, however 1 is not complex and requires little if any factual investigation. AccordinglYI the appointment of counsel is not warranted on the basis of this claim. As to the plaintiff/s other claims l however 1 the Court cannot determine based on the record that the plaintiff is likely to succeed on the merits of these claims. The plaintiff should work with the Pro Se Office of the Court for any additional help that she needs and should also seek to obtain private counsel. contacted at: Pro Se Office S.D.N.Y., 500 Pearl St l l The Pro Se Office may be United States District Court New York l N.Y. 10007 1 1 212-805-0175. SO ORDERED. Dated: New York, New York December(:;if ' 2010 G. Koeltl District Judge