(PC) Gradford v. Velasco et al

Filing 69

ORDER re: Motion to Dismiss Requiring Response From Plaintiff, signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 6/7/2021. Fourteen Day Deadline. (Marrujo, C)

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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 WILLIAM J. GRADFORD, 12 13 14 Plaintiff, No. 1:20-cv-00543-NONE-EPG (PC) ORDER RE; MOTION TO DISMISS; REQUIRING RESPONSE FROM PLAINTIFF v. (ECF No. 65) F. VELASCO, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 On May 25, 2021, Plaintiff William J. Gradford, a former pretrial detainee proceeding pro 18 se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action, filed a motion titled “plaintiff’s request to 19 dismiss this case.” (ECF No. 65). In the abundance of caution, the Court will require Plaintiff to 20 clarify its purpose. 21 By its title, the filing appears to be Plaintiff’s attempt to voluntary dismiss his case 22 without a court order as permitted under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1). And, to this 23 end, Defendants have filed a statement indicating that they do not oppose dismissal. See Fed. R. 24 Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) (permitting dismissal after the service of an answer by a stipulation of 25 dismissal signed by all parties who have appeared). 26 However, Plaintiff previously filed a motion to dismiss (ECF No. 42) before in this action, 27 which he later moved to withdraw (ECF No. 49) based on his professed confusion. The Court 28 permitted Plaintiff to withdraw his motion. (See ECF Nos. 50, 68). Plaintiff appears to have 1 1 2 renewed his request. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff shall submit a notice within 14 3 days of service of this order, stating whether his May 25, 2021 filing (ECF No. 65) intends to 4 voluntarily dismiss this case, meaning that the action will be terminated from the docket without 5 prejudice and the case will no longer continue against the Defendants. Importantly, a dismissal 6 does not mean that this case will be transferred to another judge. If Plaintiff fails to respond 7 within the 14-day period, it will be presumed that he intends to dismiss this case, as indicated in 8 his filing. 9 10 11 12 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 7, 2021 /s/ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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