Chauncey Hollis v. Kelly Santoro et al

Filing 14

ORDER DENYING 9 Motion for Summary Judgment Without Prejudice signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 1/5/2017. (Jessen, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 CHAUNCEY HOLLIS, 12 13 14 15 No. 1:16-cv-01683-DAD-BAM (PC) Plaintiff, v. KELLY SANTORO, et al., Defendants. ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT WITHOUT PREJUDICE (Doc. No. 9) 16 17 Plaintiff Chauncey Hollis is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis 18 under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff initiated this action on October 6, 2016 by filing his complaint. 19 (Doc. No. 1.) Thereafter, the case was transferred to this court from the U.S. District Court for 20 the Central District of California. On November 14, 2016, plaintiff filed a motion for summary 21 judgment. (Doc. No. 9.) On November 18, 2016, plaintiff filed notice that he was declining to 22 consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction over the action for all purposes. (Doc. No. 10.) 23 Accordingly, the case has been referred to the assigned magistrate judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 24 636(b)(1)(B) and in keeping with Local Rule 302 of the United States District Court for the 25 Eastern District of California. 26 Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment is premature. The assigned magistrate judge is 27 required to screen complaints in civil actions in which prisoners seek relief from governmental 28 entities, officers or employees. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). No such screening has yet occurred in this 1 1 case and service of plaintiff’s complaint has not yet been authorized. Should plaintiff’s complaint 2 proceed beyond the screening stage, the court will direct it to be served, and will issue an order 3 setting a schedule for discovery and dispositive motions. Since no complaint has been ordered 4 served and no defendants have yet appeared in this action, dispositive motions like plaintiff’s 5 motion for summary judgment are premature. Plaintiff is advised that his complaint will be 6 screened in due course. 7 Accordingly, plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment (Doc. No. 9) is hereby denied 8 without prejudice to its re-filing at the appropriate stage of this litigation. 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. 10 Dated: January 5, 2017 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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