About 2.5 years ago, the case was filed against a doctor (semi/retired) who sold his medical business. The business got income mainly from treating Medicaid patients. However, after took over the business, it was found that the business did billing to government in a way of violation of healthcare regulation and the new owner cannot operate that way. The new owner demanded a full refund of the business. In the meantime, the same doctor also sold his other business operating in a similar way and incurred government's investigation. However, defendant tried to avoid court service and written order attorney was used to get response from the defendant. Despite of the delaying effort by the defendant, the attorney of the plaintiff (new owner) seems not push the case reasonably forward in terms of asking for trial date etc. As a result the case has not gone even a single hearing (mediation was turned down or not respond by the defendant) by the judge or jury. The plaintiff's attorney delay the case on his end. For example, back in Sept of last year, the plaintiff talked to his attorney urging him to move forward on the case to set up trial date. His attorney said he will do it soon . But now five months has passed, his attorney still do not respond to the plaintiff's inquiry for updating the case. The above example is a typical situation in almost every step in the last 2.5 years since the filing of the case. It is almost predictable that the case could have gone nowhere by its third year. The witnesses to testify the case are harder and harder to find. The plaintiff tries to figure out whether this is a mal-practice situation. But he cannot find another law firm who is willing to look at mal-practice. If the plaintiff gets another attorney, he has to pay a large amount of fee to get it started since finding an attorney based on contingency basis is not easy. Any suggestion how to move this forward?
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