Antonio Vernon v. CBS Television Studios et al
MEMORANDUM Order: For the reasons stated in this memorandum order, this case will be reassigned. Signed by the Honorable Milton I. Shadur on 9/20/2017:Mailed notice(clw, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS, et al.,
Case No. 17 C 568
On February 16, 2017 this Court issued a minute entry (Dkt. No. 41) in this action, which
had been transferred to this District Court from its place of origin in the Central District of
California, that denied plaintiff Antonio Vernon ("Vernon") (1) leave to proceed in forma
pauperis, (2) the appointment of counsel and (3) leave to file a proposed Second Amended
Complaint, while directing Vernon to file a proposed Third Amended Complaint ("TAC")
instead. That minute entry also set a July 19 status hearing to address the anticipated TAC.
Unfortunately this Court then fell victim to the sudden onset of spinal stenosis in late May,
requiring major surgery on June 8, and so this Court was compelled to issue brief memorandum
orders in all cases on its calendar that previously had hearings set in both June and July (the time
period required for post-operative nerve rehabilitation is a lengthy one).
Meanwhile no TAC was filed. This Court continued to monitor its calendar while away
from the courthouse and, when more than six months had elapsed since the entry of the
February 16 minute entry, it dismissed this action on August 28 for want of prosecution
(Dkt. No. 45).
Now Vernon has filed a pro se "Motion To Reinstate and File Third Amended
Complaint" (Dkt. No. 48, filed on September 14). In that motion Vernon represents that he had
in fact prepared a TAC but had not filed it because he "was in limbo awaiting a rescheduled
status hearing and contacted the court to understand the status of the case and the timeframe for a
This Court finds that assertion sufficiently plausible to justify granting the motion for
reinstatement, and it so orders. But the unfortunate timing of the surgery and the ensuing
rehabilitative efforts have left this Court without any law clerk support, requiring the
reassignment of substantially its entire calendar to its colleagues on a computer-generated
random assignment basis.
Accordingly this Court is now requesting the District Court's Executive Committee to
reassign this action to one of its colleagues under the same computer-dictated procedure. It is
expected that the assignee judge will then proceed to a determination as to whether leave to file
the proposed TAC should be granted.
Milton I. Shadur
Senior United States District Judge
Date: September 20, 2017
In that respect Vernon states that he called members of this Court's staff for that
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