Mir v. Medical Board of California et al

Filing 300

ORDER Denying 299 Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application to Reopen Case. Signed by Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel on 10/24/17. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(dlg)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JEHAN ZEB MIR, Case No.: 3:12-cv-02340-GPC-AGS Plaintiff, 12 13 v. 14 KIMBERLY KIRCHMEYER et al., Defendants. 15 ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR AN ORDER TO CLERK OF THE COURT TO RE-OPEN THE CASE [ECF No. 299.] 16 17 On October 20, 2017, Plaintiff Dr. Jehan Zeb Mir filed a Notice and Ex-Parte 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Application for an Order to Clerk of the Court to Re-Open the Case. Dkt. No. 299. The Court previously denied Plaintiff’s Ex Parte Application for an Order to Stay Proceedings and Amend Order Granting Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment, Dkt. No. 292, and denied without prejudice Plaintiff’s Motion for Change of Venue. Dkt. No. 294. On September 26, 2017, the Court granted Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment1 and denied Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment. Dkt. No. 288. 25 26 While Defendants’ motion was titled “Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication of the Issues,” the Court’s order was not a partial grant of summary judgment (summary 1 27 28 3:12-cv-02340-GPC-AGS 1 Plaintiff requests that the Court order the Clerk to re-open the case. Dkt. No. 299 at 2 1. Plaintiff contends that the case was erroneously closed because the Court’s grant of 3 summary adjudication did not dispose of all of the issues in the case. This interpretation 4 is erroneous as the Court granted summary judgment as to the entirety of the case and 5 disposed of all remaining issues in the case. 6 The Court has already explained that the sole remaining claim for the Court to 7 address in its Order Granting Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment was Plaintiff’s 8 Section 1983 due process claim. See Dkt. No. 295 (quoting Dkt. No. 169 order granting 9 motion to dismiss Fourth Amended Complaint that stated the only remaining claim was 10 [p]laintiff’s Section 1983 claim for prospective relief”). Accordingly, the sole remaining 11 issue for the Court to address in its Order Granting Defendants’ Motion for Summary 12 Judgment was this due process claim. Because the Court granted summary judgment as 13 to Defendants on this claim, there are no remaining issues in this case. The Clerk 14 correctly issued a judgment on September 26, 2017. Dkt. No. 289. 15 Second, the Court will decline to entertain Plaintiff’s request to re-open the case 16 because his case is currently on appeal before the Ninth Circuit. See Dkt. No. 290 (notice 17 of appeal to Ninth Circuit); Dkt. No. 296 (assigning case no. 17-56576); Dkt. No. 297 18 (appellate briefing schedule). Once a notice of appeal is filed, the district court is 19 divested of jurisdiction over the matters being appealed. Nat. Res. Def. Council, Inc. v. 20 Sw. Marine Inc., 242 F.3d 1163, 1166 (9th Cir. 2001). This rule is judge-made; its 21 purpose is to promote judicial economy and avoid the confusion that would ensue from 22 having the same issues before two courts simultaneously. Masalosalo v. Stonewall Ins. 23 Co., 718 F.2d 955, 956 (9th Cir. 1983). The principle of exclusive appellate jurisdiction is 24 25 26 adjudication), but rather a grant of summary judgment in its entirety as to all remaining issues in the case. 27 28 3:12-cv-02340-GPC-AGS 1 not, however, absolute. Masalosalo, 718 F.2d at 956. The district court retains 2 jurisdiction during the pendency of an appeal to act to preserve the status quo. Hoffman 3 v. Beer Drivers & Salesmen's Local Union No. 888, 536 F.2d 1268, 1276 (9th Cir.1976). 4 In order to preserve the status quo during the pendency of the appeal, the court will 5 accordingly decline to re-open the case. 6 Accordingly, because (1) the district court’s Dkt. No. 288 order disposed of all 7 remaining issues in the case and (2) there is an active pending appeal in this case, the 8 Court will DENY Plaintiff’s Ex Parte Application for an Order to Clerk of the Court to 9 Re-open the Case. 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. 11 12 13 Dated: October 24, 2017 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3:12-cv-02340-GPC-AGS

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