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