The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gilbert, District Judge:
This matter is before the Court for case management. This is a joint action, with Plaintiff Merritte being considered the lead Plaintiff, due to his having filed the original complaint (Doc. 1) prior to the submission of the jointly signed complaint by Plaintiff Higgins (Doc. 7).
On April 11, 2012, the Court ordered Plaintiff Higgins to respond within 21 days (by May 2, 2012) to inform the Court whether he wanted to continue as a joint Plaintiff in the present action (Doc. 11). He was advised that if he chose not to participate further in this case, he would be dismissed and would not be charged a filing fee. Alternatively, if he did not respond, the Court would continue to consider him a co-Plaintiff. The deadline has now passed, and Plaintiff Higgins has filed no response with the Court to date.
Plaintiff Merritte, however, has filed a motion to sever (Doc. 13) pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 21, in which he states that his separation from Plaintiff Higgins by prison officials has made it impossible for them to litigate the matter jointly or to obtain both Plaintiffs' signatures on pleadings or other papers. Plaintiff Merritte thus requests that Plaintiff Higgins be dismissed from this action so that each Plaintiff may pursue his claims individually in a separate case.
Plaintiff Merritte's Motion to Sever (Doc. 13)
Plaintiff Merritte's motion to sever (Doc. 13) shall be GRANTED. Further, because Plaintiff Higgins has not informed the Court that he desires to withdraw his claims, those claims shall be severed and filed as a new action under a new case number, where a new filing fee shall be assessed.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff HIGGINS is terminated from this case. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff HIGGINS' claims are SEVERED into a new case. That new case shall be: REGIS HIGGINS, PLAINTIFF against DEFENDANTS C/O KESSEL, C/O GANGLOFF, and MARC HODGE.
In Plaintiff HIGGINS' new case, the Clerk is DIRECTED to file the following documents:
(1) This Memorandum and Order;
(2) The Amended Complaint (Doc. 7) and all accompanying Exhibits;
(3) The pending motion for preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order (Doc. 8);
(4) Plaintiff Higgins' pending motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 9);
(5) The Memorandum and Order of April 11, 2012 (Doc. 11);
(6) The Consent/Non-Consent to U.S. Magistrate Judge ...