Schindler et al v. Merced City School District, et al

Filing 35

ORDER REGARDING JOINT STIPULATION TO DISMISS REGINA SCHINDLER AS AN INDIVIDUAL PLAINTIFF as to 34 , signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 9/4/2020. (Regina Schindler (an individual) terminated)(Martin-Gill, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 9 10 REGINA SCHINDLER, an individual, DUWAYNE C., a minor, by and through his guardian ad litem REGINA SCHINDLER, (Doc. No. 34) v. 12 14 15 16 17 MERCED CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, operating as CHARLES WRIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; OLIVIA ZARATE, an individual employee; KEN COOPER, an individual employee; VERONICA VILLA, an individual employee; BRIAN MEISENHEIMER, an individual employee; DOUG COLLINS, and DOES 1 through 50, inclusive, Defendants. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ORDER REGARDING JOINT STIPULATION TO DISMISS REGINA SCHINDLER AS AN INDIVIDUAL PLAINTIFF Plaintiffs, 11 13 Case No. 1:19-cv-01188-DAD-BAM On September 1, 2020, Plaintiff Regina Schindler and Defendants Merced City School District, operating as Charles Wright Elementary School, Olivia Zarate, Ken Cooper, Veronica Villa, Brian Meisenheimer and Doug Collins filed a stipulation for voluntary dismissal of Plaintiff Regina Schindler’s individual claims against all defendants in this action with prejudice pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii).1 (Doc. No. 34.) The stipulation is signed by counsel for Plaintiffs Regina Schindler and Duwayne C., counsel for Defendants Merced City School District, operating as Charles Wright Elementary School, Ken Cooper, 26 27 28 The parties cite Federal Rule of Civil Procedure “41(a)(ii),” which the Court construes as Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(ii), which is the only equivalent provision of Rule 41. 1 1 1 Veronica Villa, Brian Meisenheimer and Doug Collins, and counsel for Defendant Olivia Zarate. 2 The stipulation indicates that Plaintiff Regina Schindler’s individual action against all defendants 3 should be dismissed with prejudice as to all claims, causes of action, and parties, and each party 4 shall bear that party’s attorney’s fees and costs. (Id. at 1.) The stipulation also provides that 5 notwithstanding the dismissal of her individual claims, Plaintiff Regina Schindler will continue to 6 serve as Guardian Ad Litem2 for Plaintiff Duwayne C., whose claims and causes of action are not 7 affected by the stipulation. (Id.) 8 In relevant part, Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) provides that a plaintiff may dismiss an action 9 without a court order by filing a stipulation of dismissal signed by all parties who have appeared. 10 Upon the entry of such a stipulation, dismissal is effective automatically and does not require 11 judicial approval. See Commercial Space Mgmt Co. v. Boeing Co., 193 F.3d 1074, 1077 (9th Cir. 12 1999); Porter v. Spencer, No. 1:07-CV-0825 AWI SMS, 2018 WL 6198468, at *1 (E.D. Cal. 13 Aug. 13, 2018) (acknowledging dismissal under 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) is “self-executing”). Accordingly, in light of the stipulated dismissal, Plaintiff Regina Schindler’s individual 14 15 claims against all defendants have been terminated by operation of law without further order from 16 the Court. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(ii). Notwithstanding the dismissal of her claims, Regina 17 Schindler shall continue to serve as Guardian Ad Litem for Plaintiff DUWAYNE C. The Clerk 18 of the Court is directed to update the docket. 19 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. 21 Dated: September 4, 2020 /s/ Barbara A. McAuliffe UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 _ 2 Prior to removal of the action to this Court, the state superior court appointed Regina Schindler as Guardian Ad Litem for Plaintiff Duwayne C. (Doc. No. 1 at 59-60.) 2

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