Jones v. Aetna Life Insurance Company

Filing 5

NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT AND ORDER that Plaintiff shall file on or before 11/15/06 his written election to either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a United States district judge. Signed by Judge Lawrence O Anderson on 10/30/06. (DNH)

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Jones v. Aetna Life Insurance Company Doc. 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Calvin Jones, Plaintiff, vs. Aetna Life Insurance Company, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV-06-2547-PHX-LOA NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT AND ORDER Pursuant to Local Rule 3.8(a), LRCiv, Rules of Practice, effective December 1, 2005, all civil cases are, and will be, randomly assigned to a U.S. district judge or to a U.S. magistrate judge. This matter has been assigned to the undersigned U.S. Magistrate Judge. As a result of the aforesaid Local Rule and assignment, if all parties consent in writing, the case will remain with the assigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(c)(1) for all purposes, including trial and final entry of judgment. If any party chooses the district judge option, the case will be randomly reassigned to a U.S. district judge. To either consent to the assigned magistrate judge or to elect to have the case heard before a district judge, the appropriate section of the form, entitled Consent To Exercise Of Jurisdiction By United States Magistrate Judge1, must be completed, signed and filed. The party filing the case or removing it to this Court is responsible for serving all parties with the The consent/election form may be obtained directly from the Clerk of the Court or by accessing the District of Arizona's web site at www.azd.uscourts.gov. To find the consent/election form on the District's web site, click on "Local Rules" at the top of the page, then click on"Forms" on the left side of the page and then click on and print the appropriate form. Case 2:06-cv-02547-SRB Document 5 Filed 10/30/2006 Page 1 of 3 Dockets.Justia.com 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 consent forms. Each party must file a completed consent form and certificate of service with the Clerk of the Court not later than 20 days after entry of appearance, and must serve a copy by mail or hand delivery upon all parties of record in the case. Any party is free to withhold consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction without adverse consequences. 28 U.S.C. 636(c)(2); Rule 73(b), Fed.R.Civ.P.; Anderson v. Woodcreek Venture Ltd., 351 F.3d 911, 913-14 (9th Cir. 2003) (pointing out that consent is the "touchstone of magistrate [judge] jurisdiction" under 28 U.S.C. 636(c). A review of the Court's file indicates that Plaintiff's Complaint was filed on October 25, 2006. Plaintiff shall have until November 15, 2006, within which to make his selection to either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a United States district judge. It is unknown if a copy of the appropriate consent form electronically transmitted to Plaintiff's counsel on October 25, 2006 by the Clerk's office was served with the Complaint per the written instructions from the Clerk. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff shall file on or before November 15, 2006 his written election to either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a United States district judge. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall serve upon the Defendant the appropriate consent form electronically transmitted to Plaintiff's counsel at the time of the filing of his Complaint at the time of service of his Complaint upon the Defendant. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant shall either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a district judge within twenty (20) days of Defendant's formal appearance herein. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel and any party, if unrepresented, shall hereinafter comply with the Rules of Practice for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, as amended on December 1, 2005. The District's Rules of Practice may be found on the District Court's internet web page at www.azd.uscourts.gov/. -2Case 2:06-cv-02547-SRB Document 5 Filed 10/30/2006 Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 All other rules may be found as www.uscourts.gov/rules/. The fact that a party is acting pro se does not discharge this party's duties to "abide by the rules of the court in which he litigates." Carter v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 784 F.2d 1006, 1008 (9th Cir. 1986). DATED this 30th day of October, 2006. -3Case 2:06-cv-02547-SRB Document 5 Filed 10/30/2006 Page 3 of 3

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