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Bryson v. Gerson

United States District Court, E.D. California

November 21, 2014

WILLIAM M. BRYSON, JR., Plaintiff,
v.
SUSAN B. GERSON, et al., Defendants.

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (1) FOR SERVICE OF COGNIZABLE CLAIMS IN FIRST AMENDED COMPALINT AGAINST DEFENDANT EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS, AND (2) TO DISMISS ALL OTHER DEFENDANTS (ECF No. 10) OBJECTIONS DUE WITHIN FOURTEEN (14) DAYS

MICHAEL J. SENG, Magistrate Judge.

Plaintiff is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this action under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. ยง 552. (ECF Nos. 3 & 9.)

The Court screened Plaintiff's complaint (ECF No. 1), and dismissed it for failure to state a claim, but gave leave to amend. (ECF No. 8.) Plaintiff then filed the first amended complaint. (ECF No. 9.)

On September 19, 2014, the Court screened Plaintiff's first amended complaint, and found that it stated a cognizable FOIA claim against the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, but no cognizable claim against any other defendant. (ECF No. 11.) The Court ordered Plaintiff, within thirty days, to either file an amended complaint or notify the Court of his willingness to proceed only on his FOIA claim against the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. Plaintiff did not respond to the Court's September 19, 2014 order and, on October 31, 2014, the Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause why all defendants other than the Executive Office for United States Attorneys should not be dismissed. (ECF No. 12.) The Court warned Plaintiff that failure to respond to the order to show cause would result in a recommendation that the remaining defendants be dismissed. Plaintiff did not respond to the order to show cause and the deadline for doing so has passed.

As explained in the September 19, 2014 screening order (ECF No. 11), Plaintiff's first amended complaint states a cognizable FOIA claim against the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, but no other cognizable claim.

Accordingly, it is HEREBY RECOMMENDED that:

1. Plaintiff should proceed on the first amended complaint FOIA claim against Defendant Executive Office for United States Attorneys;
2. All other claims asserted in the first amended complaint and all other named Defendants should be dismissed with prejudice;
3. Service should be initiated on the following Defendant:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS
4. The Clerk of the Court should send Plaintiff one (1) USM-285 form, one (1) summons, a Notice of Submission of Documents form, an instruction sheet, and a copy of the first amended complaint, filed September 8, 2104;
5. Within thirty (30) days from the date of adoption of these Findings and Recommendations, Plaintiff should complete and return to the Court the notice of submission of documents along with the following documents:
a. Completed summons;
b. One completed USM-285 form for the Defendant ...

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