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Dennly R. Becker; the Becker Trust Dated March 25 v. Wells Fargo Bank

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


October 14, 2011

DENNLY R. BECKER; THE BECKER TRUST DATED MARCH 25, 1991, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., INC.; ET AL. DEFENDANTS.

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

ORDER

Plaintiffs Dennly Becker ("Becker") and the Becker Trust Dated March 25, 1991 ("Becker Trust") (collectively, the "plaintiff"*fn1 ) is proceeding without counsel in this action.*fn2 There are two different motions currently pending before the undersigned, as well as a stipulation between Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Inc. ("defendant") and plaintiff. This order addresses both of the pending motions and the pending stipulation.

I. BACKGROUND

The first pending motion is plaintiff's Motion to Amend his pleading and request to file a Third Amended Complaint. (Dkt. No. 70.) Plaintiff's Motion to Amend is set to be heard on November 17, 2011. (Id. at 1.)

The second pending motion is defendant's Motion to Dismiss plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint. (Dkt. No. 71.) Defendant's Motion to Dismiss is set to be heard on November 10, 2011. (Id. at 1.)

The pending joint stipulation asks the court to continue the hearing date for defendant's Motion to Dismiss so that it can be heard on November 17, 2011, at the same time as plaintiff's Motion to Amend is to be heard. (Dkt. No. 75.)

II. DISCUSSION

Defendant filed its pending Motion to Dismiss targeting plaintiff's Second

Amended Complaint, and although the status of that Second Amended pleading has not yet been resolved, plaintiff filed a Motion to Amend his pleading and a request to file a Third Amended Complaint. The parties' pending stipulation is motivated by confusion regarding how to efficiently approach the fluctuating status of plaintiff's pleadings. Indeed, District Judge Karlton recently issued an order noting that "plaintiff's multiple and sometimes overlapping filings have generated confusion" in this case. (Dkt. No. 76 at 2.)

To lessen the above-described confusion, and given the parties' willingness to have both pending motions (Dkt. Nos. 70-71) heard on the same date, the undersigned hereby vacates the hearing date for defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 71). The undersigned will not analyze any portion of defendant's Motion to Dismiss until plaintiff's Motion to Amend is fully resolved, and accordingly, plaintiff need not presently file any opposition to defendant's Motion to Dismiss. Defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 71) will effectively be held in abeyance pending the resolution of plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70). Following the resolution of plaintiff's Motion to Amend, and depending on how that Motion is resolved, if defendant wishes to proceed with its Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 71) defendant may re-notice that Motion and set a new hearing date.

The undersigned will hear plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70), as currently set, on November 17, 2011. Upon entry of this order, plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70) will be the only motion currently pending before the undersigned, and the undersigned will not hear arguments regarding defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 71) on either November 10, 2011, or November 17, 2011. In light of the foregoing, the parties' stipulation (Dkt. No. 75) is denied as moot.

The undersigned notes that, in separate briefing before District Judge Karlton in this case, defendant has suggested that the undersigned "[a]dvance the hearing date on plaintiff's motion to file a Third Amended Complaint . . . and grant the motion." (Dkt. No. 73 at 2 (emphasis added).) Defendant has also suggested that defendant be allowed up to "and including November 14 to file a pleading responding to the Third Amended Complaint." (Id. (emphasis added).) These statements suggest that defendant may not intend to oppose plaintiff's pending Motion to Amend his pleading (Dkt. No. 70) and would prefer to proceed directly to responding to the substance of the proposed amended pleading itself. However, to date defendant has not filed any statement of non-opposition confirming this position, and similarly, the parties have not filed a stipulation containing defendant's written consent*fn3 to plaintiff's filing of a third amended pleading. Accordingly, at this time the undersigned will not assume that defendant has taken any particular position with respect to plaintiff's Motion to Amend.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. The hearing date currently set for defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 71) is vacated. The undersigned will not hear argument on defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 71) on either November 10, 2011, or November 17, 2011. Defendant's Motion to Dismiss will effectively be held in abeyance pending the resolution of plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70). Following the resolution of plaintiff's Motion to Amend, and depending on how that Motion is resolved, if defendant wishes to proceed with its Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 71) defendant may re-notice that Motion and set a new hearing date.

2. The undersigned will hear plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70), as currently set, on November 17, 2011. Defendant's Opposition brief and plaintiff's Reply brief in connection with plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70) shall be filed in accordance with the timing required by Local Rule 230(b)-(d). If defendant does not oppose plaintiff's Motion to Amend, defendant shall timely file a statement of non-opposition in accordance with Local Rule 230(c). Any party's failure to timely comply with Local Rule 230 may subject that party to sanctions.

3. The parties' stipulation (Dkt. No. 75) is denied as moot. IT IS SO ORDERED.


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