Graham v. Geico General Insurance Company et al

Filing 9

NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT AND ORDER. This matter has been assigned to Magistrate Judge Lawrence O Anderson; Defendants Geico General Insurance Company and American Family Mutual Insurance Company shall each have until 12/10/08 within which to file their written elections to either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a United States district judge; Plaintiff Rebecca Graham shall either consent to proceed before a magistrate judge or elect to proceed before a district judge by 12/10/08. Signed by Magistrate Judge Lawrence O Anderson on 11/21/08. (REW, ) Modified on 11/25/2008 to correct spacing. (DNH).

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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 ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) Geico General Insurance Company, a) foreign entity; American Family Mutual) Automobile Insurance Company, a foreign) entity; John Does I-X; ABC Corporations) I-X and Black and White Partnerships) ) and/or Sole Proprietorships I-X, ) ) Defendants. ) Rebecca Graham, No. CV-08-02107-PHX-LOA NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT AND ORDER Pursuant to Local Rule (?LRCiv") 3.8(a), Rules of Practice, effective December 1, 2007, 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, 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 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 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 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 Defendant Geico General Insurance Company filed a Notice of Removal on November 14, 2008 and Defendant American Family Mutual Insurance Company filed an Answer on November 19, 2008. Defendants Geico General Insurance Company and American Family Mutual Insurance Company shall each have until Wednesday, December 10, 2008, within which to make their selections to either consent to magistrate-judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a U. S. district judge. The Court's docket reflects the appropriate consent form was electronically transmitted to Defendant Geico General Insurance Company's counsel on November 17, 2008 by the Clerk's office. Accordingly, 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. -2- 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 IT IS ORDERED that Defendants Geico General Insurance Company and American Family Mutual Insurance Company shall each have until Wednesday, December 10, 2008 within which to file their written elections to either consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction or elect to proceed before a United States district judge. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff Rebecca Graham shall either consent to proceed before a magistrate judge or elect to proceed before a district judge by Wednesday, December 10, 2008. 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). IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel and any party, if unrepresented, shall use the above caption, number and initials until further order of the Court. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defense counsel for Geico General Insurance Company shall use proper capitalization in all future captions as mandated by LRCiv 7.1(a)(3). DATED this 21st day of November, 2008. -3-

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