UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 7, 2013
TONY EDWARD POWELL,
MADDEN, ET AL.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Barbara A. McAuliffe United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S PETITION FOR DIRECTIONS AS TO SUMMONS AND INQUIRY OF THE COURT'S EXPECTATIONS WHEN REOPENING MR. POWELL'S CLAIM (ECF NO. 14)
Plaintiff Tony Edward Powell ("Plaintiff") is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil action pursuant to Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388, 91 S.Ct. 1999 (1971), which provides a remedy for violation of civil rights by federal actors. On November 27, 2012, this action was dismissed, without prejudice, for Plaintiff's failure to pay the filing fee and judgment was entered. (ECF Nos. 9, 10.) On December 20, 2012, Plaintiff filed a motion to reopen the proceedings. (ECF No. 11.) The Court denied the motion on December 26, 2012. (ECF No. 12.) Plaintiff filed a second motion to reopen this action on December 26, 2012. (ECF No. 13.) On January 4, 2013, the Court denied the motion. (ECF No. 15.) Prior to the Court's January 4, 2013 order, Plaintiff filed the instant "Petition for Directions as to Summons and Inquiry of the Court's Expectations When Reopening Mr. Powell's Claim." (ECF No. 14.)
Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction and the Court is bound by the requirement that as a preliminary matter, it have before it an actual case or controversy. City of Los Angeles v. Lyons, 461 U.S. 95, 102 (1983); Valley Forge Christian Coll. v. Ams. United for Separation of Church and State, Inc., 454 U.S. 464, 471 (1982). If the Court does not have an actual case or controversy before it, it has no power to hear the matter in question. Id. Here, the case or controversy requirement cannot be met because this case has been dismissed and closed. Accordingly, Plaintiff's instant petition is DENIED. Any further petitions, motions or filings in this closed action will be stricken from the record.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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