It's always difficult when the judge sits on a ruling for an extended period of time; on the one hand, you want to get the ruling in a timely fashion, on the other hand, you don't want to upset him. My suggestion would be to file a motion for clarification. The body of the motion could go something like this:
- On December 8, 2010, the parties concluded the closing arguments in this matter.
- At that time, the court indicated that it was taking the matter under advisement.
- Based on the court's statements, the undersigned presumed that a ruling would be forthcoming in the very near future.
- As of the writing of this motion, the undersigned has not yet received a ruling from the court.
- The undersigned is seeking direction as to when a ruling will be forthcoming and/or if the court is in need of something additional from the parties to issue a ruling.
Send the motion to the judge, the mere receipt of the motion may trigger a response. Otherwise, simply set it for a hearing.
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