Ortiz et al v. Metlife Home Loans et al

Filing 8

ORDER granting Without Prejudice 3 Defendant's Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim. The Clerk of the Court is directed to close this case. Signed by Judge M. James Lorenz on 5/16/2013. (sjt)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 DANIEL G. ORTIZ, et al., Plaintiffs, 12 13 v. 14 METLIFE HOME LOANS, et al., Defendants. 15 16 17 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil No. 13cv 540 L(WVG) ORDER GRANTING WITHOUT PREJUDICE DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS [doc. #3] Defendant Metlife Home Loans1 moves to dismiss the complaint in the above-captioned 18 case for failure to state a claim. The motion was set for hearing on April 29, 2013. Under the 19 Civil Local Rules, plaintiffs’ opposition to defendant’s motion was due on or before April 15, 20 2013. See CIV. L.R. 7.1.e.2. On April 22, 2013, defendant filed a reply noting that plaintiffs had 21 failed to timely file their opposition. 22 On April 23, 2013, plaintiffs attempted to file a Notice concerning the motion to dismiss. 23 However, the Notice was stricken for plaintiffs’ failure to comply with a variety of procedural 24 rules. (Discrepancy Order filed April 23, 2013.) Since April 23, 2013, plaintiffs have not sought 25 to refile their Notice or any other document. 26 Plaintiffs, who are represented by counsel, have not opposed the motion nor have they 27 28 1 Defendant UTLS Default Services, LLC has not been served with the complaint in this action. Accordingly, this action will be dismissed as to UTLS Default Services, LLC. 13cv540 1 sought additional time in which to respond to the motion to dismiss. 2 Civil Local Rule 7.1.f.3.c provides that "[i]f an opposing party fails to file papers in the 3 manner required by Local Rule 7.1.e.2, that failure may constitute a consent to the granting of 4 that motion or other ruling by the court." When an opposing party receives notice under Federal 5 Rule of Civil Procedure 5(b) and is given sufficient time to respond to a motion to dismiss, the 6 Court may grant the motion based on failure to comply with a local rule. See generally Ghazali 7 v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 52 (9th Cir. 1995) (per curiam) (affirming dismissal for failure to file 8 timely opposition papers where plaintiff had notice of the motion and ample time to respond). 9 Here, plaintiffs were properly served with defendant’s motion, which was filed on March 10 15, 2013, and therefore they had a month to oppose the motion. Because the motion to dismiss is 11 unopposed, and relying on Civil Local Rule 7.1(f.3.c), the Court deems plaintiffs’ failure to 12 oppose defendant’s motion as consent to granting it. 13 Based on the foregoing, IT IS ORDERED defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint 14 is GRANTED without prejudice. The Clerk of the Court is directed to close this case. 15 IT IS SO ORDERED. 16 DATED: May 16, 2013 17 18 M. James Lorenz United States District Court Judge 19 COPY TO: 20 HON. WILLIAM V. GALLO UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 21 22 ALL PARTIES/COUNSEL 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 13cv540

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