Martinez v. County of Tulare et al
ORDER Entering Judgment in Favor of Plaintiff Maria Eva Martinez and Against Defendant County of Tulare signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 1/17/2017. CASE CLOSED. (Jessen, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MARIA EVA MARTINEZ,
TULARE COUNTY, SAN DIEGO
COUNTY, and DOES 1-100,
ORDER ENTERING JUDGMENT IN FAVOR
OF PLAINTIFF MARIA EVA MARTINEZ
AND AGAINST DEFENDANT COUNTY OF
(Doc. No. 23)
In a notice dated January 4, 2017, plaintiff Maria Eva Martinez accepted defendant
County Tulare’s offer of judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68(a). (Doc. No.
23.) Plaintiff attached as an exhibit to this notice defendant County of Tulare’s offer of judgment
to resolve any liability claimed in the action by obligating the County of Tulare to pay plaintiff
$50,000, which includes all costs of suit and attorneys’ fees, and to provide specified non-
monetary relief. (Doc. No. 23 at 3–5.) The offer of judgment was dated December 21, 2016. (Id.
at 5) On January 9, 2017, plaintiff filed the offer and notice of acceptance as well as a proof of
service. (Doc. Nos. 23 and 23-1.) Trial is currently scheduled for September 19, 2017. (Doc.
Rule 68(a) states, in relevant part:
At least 14 days before the date set for trial, a party defending
against a claim may serve on an opposing party an offer to allow
judgment on specified terms, with the costs then accrued. If, within
14 days after being served, the opposing party serves written notice
accepting the offer, either party may then file the offer and notice of
acceptance, plus proof of service. The clerk must then enter
It is widely accepted that “[t]he [Rule 68] offer, once made, is non-negotiable; it is either
accepted, in which case it is automatically entered by the clerk of court, or rejected, in which case
it stands as the marker by which the plaintiff’s results are ultimately measured.” Beauchamp v.
Anaheim Union High School District, 816 F.3d 1216, 1223 (9th Cir. 2016) (quoting Nusom v.
Comh Woodburn, Inc., 122 F.3d 830, 834 (9th Cir. 1997)).
In this matter the Rule 68 offer was made at least fourteen days before the trial date and
was accepted within fourteen days after being made and served. Thereafter, plaintiff has since
filed the offer and notice of acceptance as well as a proof of service with the court. Accordingly,
because the procedural requirements of Rule 68 have been met:
1) The Clerk of the Court is directed to enter judgment in favor of plaintiff Maria Eva
Martinez and against defendant County of Tulare according to the terms of the offer and
notice (Doc. No. 23);
2) All future dates and hearings in the matter are hereby vacated; and
3) The Clerk of the Court is directed to close the case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
January 17, 2017
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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