Turner v. Splunk Inc et al

Filing 15

ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO UNSEAL ACTION. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 11/16/2020. (ahmS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/16/2020)Any non-CM/ECF Participants have been served by First Class Mail to the addresses of record listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF)

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Case 3:20-cv-04941-JSC Document 15 Filed 11/16/20 Page 1 of 2 1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 TERRANCE TURNER, Plaintiff, 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 v. Case No. 20-cv-04941-JSC ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO UNSEAL ACTION SPLUNK INC., Defendant. 12 13 Plaintiff Terrance Turner, proceeding without an attorney, filed this civil action alleging a 14 multi-billion dollar fraud involving the government and private business. Although Mr. Turner 15 filed the action in the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the court transferred it here 16 based on improper venue. (Dkt. No. 4.) Because the complaint appeared to be a qui tam action 17 under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729-3733, which can only be brought through counsel, 18 the Court issued an Order to Plaintiff advising him that he could only proceed with the qui tam 19 action through counsel. (Dkt. No. 8.) In response to the Court’s Order, Plaintiff filed a document 20 stating that he would like to convert the action into a “negligence & breach of contract action.” 21 (Dkt. No. 14.) Plaintiff simultaneously filed an amended complaint which omits the qui tam 22 claims. (Dkt. No. 11.) The Clerk is therefore directed to UNSEAL this action. 23 24 25 Plaintiff shall serve Defendant in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4. A case management conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on February 4, 2021. As Plaintiff is proceeding without counsel, the Court directs his attention to the Pro Se 26 Handbook available at: https://cand.uscourts.gov/wp- 27 content/uploads/2020/02/Pro_Se_Handbook_2020_links.pdf. He may also obtain free legal 28 advice by contacting the Legal Help Desk at 415.782.8982. Case 3:20-cv-04941-JSC Document 15 Filed 11/16/20 Page 2 of 2 1 2 3 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 16, 2020 5 6 JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States Magistrate Judge 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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