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Peter Graves v. Hillary Rodham Clinton and James Steinberg

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


September 27, 2011

PETER GRAVES, PLAINTIFF,
v.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND JAMES STEINBERG, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

The court is in receipt of plaintiff's "Response to Summary Judgment," which plaintiff filed on September 26, 2011.*fn1 Defendants' motions to dismiss and for summary judgment are set to be heard on September 29, 2011. Plaintiff's "response" constitutes plaintiff's second written opposition to defendants' motions, or a sur-reply. In either case, plaintiff's filing violates this court's order entered August 29, 2011, and the court's Local Rules, which do not permit the filing of multiple opposition briefs or sur-reply briefs. (See Order, Aug. 29, 2011, at 2-3 (providing that "plaintiff shall file only one written opposition to defendants' motion, and that opposition must be filed no later than September 15, 2011."), Dkt. No. 67.)

Plaintiff has demonstrated a consistent inability to follow the court's orders and Local Rules and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and plaintiff's recent filing is simply one more example of plaintiff's complete and blatant disregard for the court's orders and the applicable rules of procedure. Although the undersigned previously warned plaintiff that his failure to comply with the court's orders, the court's Local Rules, or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure would result in a recommendation that his case be dismissed with prejudice pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b),*fn2 the undersigned will nonetheless consider defendants' motions on the merits and hear those motions on September 29, 2011. However, pursuant to the order entered August 29, 2011, plaintiff's "Response to Summary Judgment" filed on September 26, 2011, is summarily disregarded and will not be considered in resolving defendants' pending motions.*fn3 (Order, Aug. 29, 2011, at 3 ("Plaintiff's failure to file a single, timely written opposition will result in a recommendation that plaintiff's case be dismissed with prejudice, and shall also constitute plaintiff's consent to the dismissal. Any documents filed by plaintiff after September 15th that are addressed to defendants' pending motions will be summarily disregarded." (emphasis omitted).)

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that pursuant the court's August 29, 2011 order and the court's Local Rules, plaintiff's "Response to Summary Judgment" filed on September 26, 2011, shall be disregarded and not considered in resolving defendants' pending motion to dismiss and for summary judgment.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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