Smith v. Hutchinson et al
FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS to Grant Plaintiff's 52 Motion to Dismiss Defendant J. Acebedo; FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS to Deny 39 Defendant J. Acebedo's Motion for Summary Judgment as Moot, signed by Magistrate Judge Jeremy D. Peterson on 11/20/18. Objections to F&R Due Within Fourteen Days. (Marrujo, C)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
TOY TERRELL SMITH,
Case No. 1:16-cv-01924-LJO-JDP
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
TO GRANT PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO
DISMISS DEFENDANT J. ACEBEDO
J. TORRES, et al.,
ECF No. 52
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
TO DENY DEFENDANT J. ACEBEDO’S
MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AS
ECF No. 39
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel and in forma pauperis in this
civil rights action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On July 20, 2018, defendant J. Acebedo
moved for summary judgment. ECF No. 39. On November 5, 2018, plaintiff filed a motion to
withdraw claims against defendant J. Acebedo. ECF No. 52. Plaintiff indicates that he does
not intend to file an opposition to the pending motion for summary judgment on the issue of
exhaustion of administrative remedies because J. Acebedo’s arguments are “well founded and
Where a motion for summary judgment has been served and a stipulation of dismissal
has not been filed, plaintiff may request dismissal by court order. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a).
The court may issue a dismissal order on terms it considers proper. See Fed. R. Civ. P.
41(a)(2). Here, plaintiff requests dismissal of claims against J. Acebedo because he failed to
properly exhaust his claims against J. Acebedo. See ECF No. 52. When a plaintiff has failed to
exhaust as required by 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a), the proper remedy is dismissal without prejudice.
See Lira v. Herrera, 427 F.3d 1164, 1170 (9th Cir. 2005). Accordingly, we will recommend
that the claims against defendant J. Acebedo be dismissed from this case without prejudice. If
this recommendation is adopted, the pending motion for summary judgment filed solely by J.
Acebedo should be denied as moot.
Accordingly, it is recommended that:
Plaintiff’s motion to dismiss claims against J. Acebedo be granted. ECF No. 52.
The claims against defendant J. Acebedo be dismissed without prejudice.
Defendant J. Acebedo’s motion for summary judgment be denied as moot.
ECF No. 39.
These findings and recommendations are submitted to the U.S. district judge presiding
over the case under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 304. Within 14 days of the
service of the findings and recommendations, the parties may file written objections to the
findings and recommendations with the court and serve a copy on all parties. That document
must be captioned “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” The
presiding district judge will then review the findings and recommendations under 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1)(C). The parties’ failure to file objections within the specified time may waive their
rights on appeal. See Wilkerson v. Wheeler, 772 F.3d 834, 839 (9th Cir. 2014).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 20, 2018
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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