Doe v. Nevada Republican Party et al

Filing 10

ORDER DISMISSING CASE. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that John Doe's 9 motion to terminate this case is GRANTED. This case is DISMISSED. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE THIS CASE. Signed by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey on 5/8/2024. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - ALZ)

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 3 John Doe, 4 5 v. Plaintiff 6 Nevada Republican Party, et al., 7 Case No.: 2:24-cv-00412-JAD-EJY Order Granting Plaintiff’s Motion to Terminate Case [ECF No. 9] Defendants 8 A pro se plaintiff who identifies himself as John Doe brought this action against the 9 Nevada Republican Party and its officers for the manner in which this year’s presidential caucus 10 was handled. 1 He moved to seal this case and proceed anonymously, citing mainstream media’s 11 reports of “credible threats to Republicans in high levels of power and distinction whose actions 12 do not fall in line with the current tide of the Republican party.” 2 I denied those requests, finding 13 that Doe did not meet his burden to show that his “need for anonymity outweighs prejudice to 14 the opposing party and the public’s interest in knowing the party’s identity.” 3 But, 15 acknowledging his trepidation over pursuing this case with his name attached, I gave him 14 16 days to file a notice of voluntary dismissal if he did not wish to publicly proceed with this case. 4 17 On May 1, 2024, Doe filed a “motion to terminate the case,” asserting that he “does not 18 wish to live under the cloud of anxiety that could easily accompany this lawsuit” and that, “at the 19 insistence of his spouse,” he terminates the case. 5 I construe this motion as a notice of voluntary 20 21 22 23 1 ECF No. 1. 2 ECF No. 2. 3 ECF No. 8 at 2. 4 Id. at 5. 5 ECF No. 9. 1 dismissal under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41. Technically, because the opposing party in 2 this case has not served an answer or any other pleading, Doe could have dismissed this case 3 without seeking a court order. 6 But in the interests of clarity and finality, I grant Doe’s motion 4 and close this case. 5 Conclusion 6 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that John Doe’s motion to terminate this case [ECF No. 7 9] is GRANTED. This case is DISMISSED. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE 8 THIS CASE. 9 10 _____________ _________________ U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey May 8, 2024 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 6 Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i). 2

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