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Marvin G. Hollis v. J. Mcguire

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


December 21, 2012

MARVIN G. HOLLIS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
J. MCGUIRE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

By order filed June 14, 2012, the magistrate judge assigned to this case ordered that this action be dismissed with prejudice as to defendants D. Dalu, J. Quiring, C. Nelson, K. Lowther, and French. (ECF 57.) In an earlier screening order, the magistrate judge determined that plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint failed to state a claim against these defendants. (ECF 53 at 4.) Plaintiff then filed a request for dismissal, citing Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2). (ECF 55.)*fn1 He did not file a Third Amended Complaint. (See ECF 57 at 1-2.) On June 21, 2012, plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration of the June 14, 2012 order dismissing the defendants named here "with prejudice." (ECF 58.)

Under Local Rule 303(f), a magistrate judge's orders shall be upheld unless "clearly erroneous or contrary to law." Upon review de novo of the entire file, the court finds that the magistrate judge's ruling was supported by the record and by the law. Plaintiff's request for dismissal was filed after the magistrate judge determined plaintiff's allegations as to the five defendants in question were "vague and conclusory, and do not plead one or more of the elements required to state a claim." (ECF 53 at 4.) The magistrate judge accordingly dismissed plaintiff's claims against these defendants with leave to amend. (Id. at 5.) As plaintiff cannot seek to dismiss defendants that have already been dismissed, plaintiff's request for dismissal accordingly is ineffective. Because plaintiff did not file a third amended complaint, the magistrate judge's dismissal on the merits governs these defendants. See Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 501 U.S. 32, 49 (1991) ("[A] federal district court has the inherent power to dismiss a case sua sponte for failure to prosecute . . . ."); Local Rule 110 ("Failure of counsel or a party to comply with these Rules or with any order of the Court may be grounds for imposition by the Court of any and all sanctions authorized by statute or Rule or within the inherent power of the Court."). Even assuming without deciding that the dismissal should have been recommended to this court, this court would have adopted the recommendation. See Florence v. Stanback, 607 F. Supp. 2d 1119, 1122 (C.D. Cal. 2009) (court may ignore form of magistrate judge's order and construe as recommendation).

Therefore, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, upon reconsideration, the order of the magistrate judge filed June 14, 2012 is affirmed.


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