Delacruz v. Tanimura & Antle, Inc. et al

Filing 54

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi denying without prejudice 31 TAI Defendants' Motion to Deem Plaintiff a Vexatious Litigant. (vkdlc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/9/2024)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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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 SAN JOSE DIVISION 7 8 DANIEL DELACRUZ, Plaintiff, 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 v. TANIMURA & ANTLE, INC., et al., Defendants. Case No. 23-cv-03034-VKD ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE TAI DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DEEM PLAINTIFF A VEXATIOUS LITIGANT Re: Dkt. No. 31 13 14 Defendants Tanimura & Antle, Inc. (“TAI”), Mike Antle, and Carmen Ponce (collectively, 15 “TAI defendants”) move for an order deeming plaintiff Daniel Delacruz a vexatious litigant. Dkt. 16 No. 31. The motion raises serious concerns regarding whether Mr. Delacruz has engaged in 17 “abuse of the judicial process.” See De Long v. Hennessey, 912 F.2d 1144, 1148 (9th Cir. 1990). 18 However, because an order imposing pre-filing restrictions on a litigant is “an extreme remedy” 19 that should “rarely” be used, id. at 1147, and because the Court is giving Mr. Delacruz an 20 opportunity to amend his complaint, the Court at this juncture denies the TAI defendants’ motion 21 to declare Mr. Delacruz a vexatious litigant. This denial is without prejudice to the TAI 22 defendants reasserting the same request at a later point in these proceedings. 23 24 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: May 9, 2024 25 26 27 28 Virginia K. DeMarchi United States Magistrate Judge

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