Leicester Stovell, the Washington, D.C., lawyer who says he is LeBron James' father, isn't getting any extra slack in his paternity lawsuit just because he's representing himself.
The federal judge overseeing Stovell's lawsuit today struck his latest filing from the record because she said it violates a local rule of civil procedure. The unwritten order by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the District of Columbia is visible in the case docket.
“Although Plaintiff is proceeding pro se, the Court notes that he is an active member of the District of Columbia bar and is expected to comply with all applicable rules of this Court,” the docket warns.
Last week, Stovell filed a 22-page document including a “supplemented memorandum of law in opposition to defendants’ motion to dismiss” and “supplemental points and authorities.” The docket says Stovell did not consult the court before filing the brief or provide a required certificate of service, and that a local rule forbids a supplemental brief more than 14 days after service of a motion.
Lawyers for LeBron James and his mother, Gloria James, are asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed.
Stovell is a solo practitioner who previously worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In a phone interview, he said is considering whether to amend his latest filing, but he said the filing should not make a material difference in the outcome of the motion to dismiss.