IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 11, 2011
CITY OF MADERA, MADERA POLICE DEPT., OFFICER CHAVEZ,
OFFICER SHEKIANIAN, AND DOES FOR 1 THROUGH 100,
ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION,
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION RECONSIDERATION, and ORDER VACATING PRIOR SUMMARY
ORDERS (Doc. Nos. 56, 59, 63, 73)
This case arose from an encounter between Plaintiff and members of the City of Madera Police Department. On April 16, 2010, the Court granted summary judgment for Defendants on all claims save one. See Doc. No. 56. On May 20, 2010, after having authorized a second summary judgment, the Court granted summary judgment for Defendants on Plaintiff's last claim. See Doc. No. 59. The case closed on May 20, 2010.
On April 15, 2011, Plaintiff filed a pro se motion requesting relief under Rule 60. Plaintiff also requested that he represent himself, and that his attorney of record, Steve Geringer, be relieved. On July 21, 2011, the Court referred the matters to Magistrate Judge Shiela K. Oberto pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 302 for the entry for Findings and Recommendations. *fn1
On July 27, 2011, the Magistrate Judge relieved attorney Geringer and substituted Plaintiff to represent himself.
On August 22, 2011, the Magistrate Judge Issued a Findings and Recommendation. The Magistrate Judge found that attorney Geringer had essentially abandoned his client and that reconsideration should be granted, the orders on summary judgment be set aside, and Plaintiff be given sixty (60) days to file oppositions to Defendants' motions for summary judgment. The Findings and Recommendation stated that objections were due within fifteen (15) days of service.
Fifteen days have passed, and no party has filed any objections to the Findings and Recommendation.
Having fully reviewed Plaintiff's motion, the analysis of the Findings and Recommendation, and the papers on file as required by 28 U.S.C. § 636, the Court agrees with the Findings and Recommendation. The Court finds the Findings and Recommendation to be supported by the record and by proper analysis.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The August 22, 2011, Findings and Recommendation is ADOPTED IN FULL;
2. Plaintiff's Rule 60 motion for reconsideration is GRANTED;
3. The Clerk shall RE-OPEN this case;
4. The Court's orders on Defendants' motions for summary judgment (Doc. Nos. 56 & 59) are VACATED;
5. Plaintiff shall file a response to Defendants' two motions for summary judgment (Doc. Nos. 53 & 57) with sixty (60) days of service of this order; *fn2 and
6. Defendants shall file a reply to Defendants' opposition within ten (10) days of the service of the opposition.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE