ST. LOUIS - A Missouri federal judge on Jan. 3 granted a motion to withdraw counsel filed by parties named in a lawsuit by the special deputy receiver (SDR) of three insolvent insurers alleging a fraudulent scheme (Jo Ann Howard & Associates P.C., et al. v. J. Douglas Cassity, et al., No. 09-01252, E.D. Mo.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 521).