LATEST: Britney Spears' legal team has withdrawn a request to quit the pop star's child custody case. Attorneys for Los Angeles legal company Trope + Trope filed a motion requesting permission to withdraw as the singer's counsel at the beginning of January (08). Her lawyers cited a "communication breakdown" with Spears for the request. Los Angeles Commissioner Scott Gordon, who has overseen Spears' custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, agreed to set a date for a hearing into the lawyers' request. But now Sorrel Trope and his colleagues have called off the 4 February (08) hearing, according to Trope + Trope representatives appeared to be tired of Spears' courthouse tardiness when she failed to appear for an emergency custody hearing on Tuesday (22Jan08). The troubled pop star arrived at the courthouse in Los Angeles and passed through a metal detector, but reports suggest she fled before actually entering court. When an impatient Gordon asked Spears' lawyer if the client would be appearing before him, as scheduled, he was told, "I don't know whether she'll be here or not."