IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 10, 2012
DONALD G. ROSENE; SHAUN L. ROSENE, PLAINTIFFS,
AMERICAN BROKERS CONDUIT; PLACER TITLE COMPANY; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; DEFAULT RESOLUTIONS NETWORK; POWER DEFAULT SERVICES, INC.; AND DOES 1 THROUGH 520, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.
This case, in which plaintiffs are proceeding pro se, is before the undersigned pursuant to Eastern District of California Local Rule 302(c)(21). See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Defendants Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., Power Default Services, Inc, and Placer Title Company move to dismiss plaintiff's complaint. Dckt. Nos. 5, 9. The hearings on the motions were continued to April 25, 2012 due to plaintiffs' failure to respond thereto, and plaintiffs were ordered to show cause why this action should not be dismissed for lack of prosecution and/or for failure to comply with court orders and this court's Local Rules. Dckt. Nos. 10, 11.
However, on April 6, 2012, plaintiffs filed a request to voluntarily dismiss this action without prejudice pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2). Dckt. No. 12. Plaintiffs contend that they are currently in review for a loan modification which may resolve the issues in dispute in this case, and that if the loan modification does not resolve those issues, they desire to obtain counsel before re-commencing the action. Id. at 2.
Because defendants have not filed either an answer or a motion for summary judgment, the court construes plaintiff's April 6, 2012 request to voluntarily dismiss this action as a notice of dismissal made pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(I), which deprives this court of jurisdiction over the action. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A) ("[T]he plaintiff may dismiss an action without a court order by filing . . . (I) a notice of dismissal before the opposing party serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment . . . ."); see also Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(B) ("Unless the notice [of dismissal] states otherwise, the dismissal is without prejudice."). Dismissal under this rule requires no action on the part of the court and divests the court of jurisdiction once the notice of voluntary dismissal is filed. See, e.g., United States v. Real Property Located at 475 Martin Lane, Beverly Hills, CA, 545 F.3d 1134, 1145 (9th Cir. 2008). In light of that dismissal, the Clerk of Court is directed to close this case.
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