IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 25, 2011
MORRIS MESTER, PLAINTIFF,
MILLER AND REED, DEFENDANTS.*FN1
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel. On December 22, 2010, the undersigned issued an order to show cause why this action should not be stayed for three months based on plaintiff's alleged inability to write due to a wrist injury. On January 19, 2011, defendants filed a response. Defendants are not opposed to the proposed three-month stay, but note that Dr. Swingle's declaration states there have been discrepancies between the symptoms plaintiff reports and the results of diagnostic tests. (Dkt. No. 59 at 2, citing Case No. 2:10-cv-2105 LKK EFB P (Dkt. No. 25 at ¶¶ 5, 7, 10, 12 & 20).*fn2 Defendants request plaintiff be required to file a status report at the end of the three month period, and that defendants be permitted to object to further requests for stay should medical reports indicate plaintiff is capable of proceeding.
As plaintiff was previously informed, this court is unable to stay this action for an indefinite period of time. While the court is sympathetic to plaintiff's medical issues, it is incumbent upon plaintiff to prosecute this action.*fn3 The court will grant plaintiff a three month stay from the date of the filing of his notice. Plaintiff will be required, by a date certain, to file a status report indicating the status of his wrist injury, and whether he is able to proceed. Defendants will be afforded an opportunity to respond to plaintiff's status report. Plaintiff is cautioned that failure to comply with this order may result in a recommendation that this action be dismissed. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this action is stayed. On or before March 11, 2011, plaintiff shall file a status report providing the status of his injury, and stating whether he is able to proceed. Defendants' reply, if any, shall be filed fourteen days thereafter. The Clerk of the Court is directed to administratively terminate this action.