IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
December 14, 2012
EFRAIN GARCIA AND OFELIA GARCIA, PLAINTIFFS,
ORDER VACATING JANUARY 9, 2013 HEARING DATE AND DENYING MOTION WITHOUT PREJUDICE (Doc. No. 22)
On December 3, 2012, following the closure of this case, Defendant filed a motion for attorney's fees pursuant to the Anti-SLAPP statute. Plaintiffs had failed to oppose the Anti-SLAPP motion, failed to object to the Findings and Recommendation that recommended granting the motion, and failed to file an amended complaint after Defendant's motion was granted. However, on December 13, 2012, the Court construed a filing by Plaintiffs in a related case to be a Rule 59 or Rule 60 motion for relief in this case, and referred the matter to the Magistrate Judge. *fn1 It is possible that relief may be granted, the judgment in this case vacated, and a new complaint be filed.
Given the relief is possible, a hearing on Defendant's motion for attorney's fees before the Magistrate Judge issues a Findings and Recommendation would be premature. The Court will vacate the January 9, 2013, hearing date, and will deny the motion for attorney's fees without prejudice to refiling once the Rule 59/Rule 60 issues have been resolved.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The January 9, 2013, hearing date is VACATED; and
2. Defendant's motion for attorney's fees (Doc. No. 22) is DENIED without prejudice to refiling once Plaintiffs' motion for relief has been resolved.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE