IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 28, 2012
GEORGE S. LOUIE, PLAINTIFF,
STOMER FAMILY 2000 REVOCABLE TRUST DBA STROMER REALTY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
This case has been closed since December 14, 2011 (Dkt. No. 51). However, pending before the court is a motion to set aside the dismissal of this case filed by intervening non-party lien claimant, Elena Sadur (Dkt. No. 52).*fn1 The court has required multiple rounds of briefing in regards to Sadur's motion. Most recently, the court ordered plaintiff and Sadur to each file a supplemental brief addressing topics outlined in that order, which would assist the court in finally resolving the pending motion. (See Order, June 12, 2012, Dkt. No. 91.)
On June 21, 2012, however, plaintiff filed what is essentially an ex
parte request for a stay of proceedings, which explains that plaintiff
is seriously ill and cannot appropriately
respond to the court's June 12, 2012 order (Dkt. No. 92).*fn2
Plaintiff seeks a stay of at least six months in light of his
impending treatment for, among other serious health problems, his
recently diagnosed metastatic squamous cell carcinoma. Plaintiff
submitted letters from three of his treating health professionals,
including a surgical oncologist, substantiating plaintiff's health
maladies and the concomitant extended course of treatment to attempt
to cure plaintiff's cancer.
Upon review of plaintiff's request, the court stays the briefing of Sadur's motion to set aside the dismissal and closure of this case. Plaintiff's submissions support the severity of his illnesses and the significant and extended treatment required. Additionally, there appears to be no risk of prejudice to Sadur given that she is pursuing her liens in other cases where plaintiff is represented by counsel. (See, e.g., Louie v. Dialysis Clinic, Inc., No. 2:10-cv-02113 JAM KJN (E.D. Cal.).)*fn3
The undersigned notes that plaintiff very frequently files lawsuits in this court, proceeding with counsel in some cases and proceeding without counsel in others. Indeed, plaintiff opened a case in this court on June 20, 2012. (Louie v. City of Yuba, 2:12-cv-01643 LKK KJN (E.D. Cal.).) Were plaintiff pursuing other claims pro se while also seeking a six-month stay of the briefing in this case, the undersigned would be inclined to deny plaintiff's request for a stay. However, it appears that plaintiff's only remaining open cases in this court are those where plaintiff is represented by counsel.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Plaintiff's request for a stay of proceedings (Dkt. No. 92) is granted, and the briefing on lien claimant Elena Sadur's motion to set aside the dismissal of this case is stayed for approximately six months.
2. The Clerk of Court is directed to administratively dismiss Elena Sadur's motion to set aside the dismissal of this case (Dkt. No. 52), subject to being re-instituted after the stay expires.
3. On or before December 14, 2012, plaintiff and Elena Sadur shall file status reports, or a joint status report if possible, indicating whether a live dispute remains vis-a-vis Sadur's motion to set aside the dismissal of this case. Thereafter, the court will re-institute Sadur's motion, if necessary, and set a further briefing schedule in regards to that motion.
IT IS SO ORDERED.