UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN DIVISION
January 14, 2009
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Present: Hon. Alicemarie H. Stotler, U.S. District Judge
CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL
Ellen Matheson Not Present Deputy Clerk Court Reporter
PROCEEDINGS: (IN CHAMBERS)
ORDER: (1) DISCHARGING THE COURT'S DECEMBER 29, 2008, ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE; (2) VACATING THE FEBRUARY 2, 2009, RULE 26(f) REPORT FILING DEADLINE; AND (3) ORDERING PLAINTIFF TO SHOW CAUSE WHY ACTION SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED
I. Procedural History
On December 29, 2008, the Court issued an Order to Show Cause why sanctions should not be imposed for failure to file a joint report as required under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f)(2). On January 9, 2009, plaintiff filed a response. On January 12, 2009, individually-named defendants Margaret Spelling, Henry M. Paulson, and Richard George (collectively, "individually-named defendants") filed responses.
II. Order Discharging the Court's December 29, 2008, Order to Show Cause, and Vacating the February 2, 2009, Rule 26(f) Report Filing Deadline
Having read and considered foregoing responses, the Court hereby discharges the Order to Show Cause and vacates the February 2, 2009, filing deadline for the Joint Rule 26(f) Report.
III. Order to Show Cause Why Case Should Not be Dismissed
As the individually-named defendants note in their responses, the Court record indicates that this action has not being diligently prosecuted by plaintiff in that the individually-named defendants have not been properly served with a summons and complaint. More than 120 days have elapsed since plaintiff filed the First Amended Complaint. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). No proofs of service are on file for the individually-named defendants with respect to the First Amended Complaint.
It is hereby ordered that plaintiff show cause within twenty days of the date of this Order why this case should not be dismissed for failure to diligently prosecute. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m); Local Rule 41. Failure to timely comply with this Order shall result in the dismissal of the individually-named defendants and, consequently, this action.
The Clerk shall serve this minute order on all parties in this action.
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