UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 8, 2010
SHAWNA HARTMANN & CAREN HILL, PLAINTIFF,
CAL. DEP'T CORRS. & REHABILITATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Plaintiffs, two state prisoners proceeding through counsel, have filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This matter came before the court on defendants' motion for intradistrict transfer. On January 8, 2010, the undersigned heard oral arguments from the parties.
For the reasons discussed at the hearing, the court finds that this action arises out of Madera County, which is part of the Fresno Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. See Local Rule 120(d). Pursuant to Local Rule 120(f), a civil action which has not been commenced in the proper division of a court may be transferred to the proper division of the court. Accordingly, the court will transfer this action to the Fresno Division of the court.
Defendants in this case have filed two separate motions to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. On December 23, 2009, the court granted plaintiffs an extension of time to January 22, 2010, to file their opposition to defendants' motions. The motions to dismiss are currently noticed for hearing on February 5, 2010. This court will not vacate or continue the hearing date on those motions at this time. Instead, the court will allow the newly assigned magistrate judge in the Fresno Division of the court to proceed with the case as scheduled or to modify the hearing date as desired.
Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Defendants' December 3, 2009 motion for intradistrict transfer (Doc. No. 31) is granted;
2. Defendants' January 5, 2010 motion to strike (Doc. No. 40) is denied;
3. This action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California sitting in Fresno; and
4. All future filings shall reference the new Fresno case number assigned and shall be filed at:
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