Jones v. Special Commitment Center et al
ORDER granting 71 Motion to Stay. The Court orders that this case be stayed until March 1, 2017 or a proper party files for substitution. Signed by Magistrate Judge J Richard Creatura.(CMG)(cc sent to SCC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
JAMES EDWARD JONES,
CASE NO. 3:14-CV-05018-JRC
ORDER GRANTING STAY
SPECIAL COMMITMENT CENTER et
Defendants seek a stay of all proceedings until March 1, 2017 pending a motion for
substitution pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25. Dkt. 71.
On November 3, 2016, this Court entered an order staying all proceedings in this case
until January 3, 2017 as a result of plaintiff's failing health. Dkt. 65. The Court also directed the
parties to file a joint status report by December 20, 2016. Id.
On November 5, 2016, plaintiff died. Dkts. 68, 69. On December 1, 2016, defendants
filed a suggestion of death pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25 (a), which was served on plaintiff’s last
known address at the Special Commitment as well as his next of kin as listed on file Id. The
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1 status report and motion to stay were also served by mail at plaintiff’s last known address and to
2 his next of kin as listed on file with the Special Commitment Center. See Dkt. 71, Certificate of
“If a party dies and the claim is not extinguished, the court may order substitution of the
5 proper party. A motion for substitution may be made by any party or by the decedent's successor
6 or representative. If the motion is not made within 90 days after service of a statement noting the
7 death, the action by or against the decedent must be dismissed.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(a)(1). To
8 date, a motion for substitution has not been made.
The Court finds that a stay of proceedings in this matter is warranted pending a motion
10 for substitution. Accordingly, the Court orders that this case be stayed until March 1, 2017 or a
11 proper party files for substitution.
Dated this 19th day of January, 2017.
J. Richard Creatura
United States Magistrate Judge
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