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1) You can do a case inquiry yourself only if you have your own PACER account, which you would have to register for with the clerk of court. The only other way to check is to physically go to the clerk of court's office at the US District Court
and the clerk will look it up for you. To hire an attorney to do only this for you, some will do it for free if they are going to get the case from you and others would charge you about $200.
2) If your attorney missed deadlines and the court will not grant you leave to file out of time based on your attorney leaving his firm, then you have grounds to file a malpractice claim against the attorney and seek to recover from him anything you lost in your suit by his failure to act.
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