(PC) Henderson v. Castillo et al
ORDER DENYING 30 Plaintiff's Motion for Referral to Alternative Dispute Resolution, signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 6/2/2021. (Rivera, O)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CURTIS LEE HENDERSON, SR.,
S. CASTILLO, JR., et al.,
Case No. 1:20-cv-01199-AWI-SKO (PC)
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION
FOR REFERRAL TO ALTERNATIVE
Plaintiff Curtis Lee Henderson, Sr., is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma
pauperis. On April 1, 2021, Plaintiff filed a “motion for early settlement program,” requesting
that the Court refer this case to alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). (Doc. 21.) The Court
denied the motion as premature because it had not yet directed service of the complaint, and no
defendants had appeared in this action. (Doc. 22.) The Court stated, “[i]f the defendants appear
and file an answer to the complaint, the Court will refer this case to ADR at that point.” (Id. at 2.)
On April 16, 2021, the Court issued an order directing service of Plaintiff’s complaint.
(Doc. 24.) Defendants then filed a waiver of service of process, (Doc. 28), but have not filed an
answer to the complaint.
On May 26, 2021, Plaintiff filed a second motion to refer this case to ADR. (Doc. 30.)
Plaintiff states that in its order denying his previous motion, the Court stated “that ‘when
defendants make an appearance . . . it will order an ADR settlement program.’” (Id.) However,
that is not what the Court stated. As explained above, the Court indicated that it will not refer this
case to ADR unless and until “the defendants appear and file an answer to the complaint.” (Doc.
22 at 2 (emphasis added).) If Defendants file an answer, the Court will refer this case to ADR at
that time. Plaintiff need not file an additional motion requesting that this case be referred to ADR.
Based on the foregoing, the Court DENIES Plaintiff’s motion.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
June 2, 2021
Sheila K. Oberto
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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