Rice v. Obama et al
ORDER dismissing this action without prejudice by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 9/29/15. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-01676-GPG
BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States, and
JACOB L. LEW, Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury,
ORDER DISMISSING CASE
Petitioner is a prisoner in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the
Federal Correctional Institution at Florence, Colorado. On July 24, 2015, Petitioner
submitted to the Court for filing a pro se “Bill in Equity” (ECF No. 1), an “Affidavit in
Support of Bill in Equity” (ECF No. 3), a “Memorandum of Points and Authorities in
Support of the Bill in Equity” (ECF No. 4), a “Notice of Lack of Remedy at Law in Support
of Bill in Equity” (ECF No. 5), a document titled “Appointment of New Trustees” (ECF No.
6), and a “Petition to Seal” (ECF No. 7). Petitioner also paid the $46.00 filing fee for a
miscellaneous action and a miscellaneous action was opened.
On August 5, 2015, Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher entered an order
directing the clerk of the Court to commence a regular civil action and to close the
miscellaneous action because whatever claims Petitioner intends to assert must be
raised in a regular civil action. The instant civil action was opened and Petitioner was
directed to cure certain deficiencies if he wishes to pursue his claims. Petitioner
specifically was ordered to file on the proper form a Prisoner Complaint and either to pay
the balance of the filing fee for a civil action or to file a properly supported Prisoner’s
Motion and Affidavit for Leave to Proceed Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915.
Petitioner subsequently filed a “List of Exhibits in Support of Bill in Equity” (ECF
No. 11) and a document (ECF No. 12) titled “Response to Clerk of Court Instruction for
Clear, Concise Statement of Cause of Action (Breach of Trust) and Other Issues.” On
September 17, 2015, Magistrate Judge Gallagher entered a minute order reminding
Petitioner that he must cure the deficiencies specified in the August 5 order if he wishes to
pursue his claims. Magistrate Judge Gallagher also directed the clerk of the Court to
mail to Petitioner the forms necessary to cure the deficiencies.
Petitioner has not cured the deficiencies as directed. Instead, on September 25,
2015, he filed a response (ECF No. 14) to Magistrate Judge Gallagher’s September 17
minute order in which he states he is formally withdrawing this action. The Court
construes the response as a notice of voluntary dismissal.
Pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1)(A) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Petitioner
Amay dismiss an action without a court order by filing: (i) a notice of dismissal before the
opposing party serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment.@ No
response has been filed by any opposing party in this action. A voluntary dismissal
pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1)(A) is effective immediately upon the filing of a written notice of
dismissal, and no subsequent court order is necessary. See J. Moore, Moore=s Federal
Practice & 41.02(2) (2d ed. 1995); Hyde Constr. Co. v. Koehring Co., 388 F.2d 501, 507
(10th Cir. 1968). The notice closes the file. See Hyde Constr. Co., 388 F.2d at 507.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the instant action is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to the
response (ECF No. 14) that the Court construes as a notice of voluntary dismissal.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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