Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Robert Half International, Inc., et al

Filing 4

NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT AND ORDER - IT IS ORDERED that Pla shall file on or before 2/25/08 its written election to either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a United States district judge. Pla shall serve upon the Dfts the appropriate consent form provided at the time of the filing of its Complaint at the time of service of its Complaint upon the Dfts. Dfts Robert Half International, Inc., and Otto Bock Healthcare, LP, shall each either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a district judge within 20 days of each Dft's formal appearance herein. Signed by Magistrate Judge Lawrence O Anderson on 2/6/08. (SAT)

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Robert Half International, Inc., et al Doc. 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Opportunity) ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) Robert Half International, Inc., d/b/a) Office Team, an Arizona corporation; Otto) Bock Healthcare, LP, an Arizona foreign) limited partnership d/b/a OrthoRehab, ) ) ) Defendants. ) Equal Employment Commission, No. CV-08-0221-PHX-LOA NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT AND ORDER Pursuant to Local Rule (?LRCiv") 3.8(a), Rules of Practice, effective 16 December 1, 2007, all civil cases are, and will be, randomly assigned to a U.S. district 17 judge or to a U.S. magistrate judge. This matter has been assigned to the undersigned U.S. 18 Magistrate Judge. 19 As a result of the aforesaid Local Rule and assignment, if all parties 20 consent in writing, the case will remain with the assigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 21 U.S.C. 636(c)(1) for all purposes, including trial and final entry of judgment. If any party 22 chooses the district judge option, the case will be randomly reassigned to a U.S. district 23 judge. To either consent to the assigned magistrate judge or to elect to have the case 24 heard before a district judge, the appropriate section of the form, entitled Consent To 25 26 27 28 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 1 Exercise Of Jurisdiction By United States Magistrate Judge1, must be completed, signed Dockets.Justia.com 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 and filed. The party filing the case or removing it to this Court is responsible for serving all parties with the 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 party to a federal civil case has, subject to some exceptions, a constitutional right to proceed before an Article III judge." Dixon v. Ylst, 990 F.2d 478, 479 (9th Cir. 1993) (citing Pacemaker Diagnostic Clinic of Am. Inc. v. Instromedix, Inc., 725 F.2d 537, 541 (9th Cir. 1984) (en banc)). A review of the Court's file indicates that Plaintiff's Complaint was filed on February 4, 2008. Plaintiff shall have until February 25, 2008 within which to make its 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 February 4, 2008 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 February 25, 2008 its written election to either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a United States district judge. 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. -2- 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 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall serve upon the Defendants the appropriate consent form provided at the time of the filing of its Complaint at the time of service of its Complaint upon the Defendants. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants Robert Half International, Inc., and Otto Bock Healthcare, LP, shall each either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a district judge within twenty (20) days of each 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, 2007. The District's Rules of Practice may be found on the District Court's internet web page at www.azd.uscourts.gov/. 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 6th day of February, 2008. -3-

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