January 28, 2014
CHARLES E. BRAMLETT, # K-91341, Plaintiff,
MARYLIN LIGGET, Defendant.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
J. PHIL GILBERT, District Judge.
This matter is before the Court for case management. On December 12, 2013, following the Memorandum and Order entered in Bramlett v. Carich, Case No. 13-cv-1177-JPG (Doc. 1 in the instant case), this matter was severed from the original case. Plaintiff was directed to notify the Court by January 16, 2014, if he did not wish to proceed with this severed retaliation claim (designated as Count 3 in the merits review order at Doc. 1), in order to avoid incurring an additional $350 filing fee in this new case. That deadline has now passed. Plaintiff has not notified the Court of any intent to dismiss the instant action, and in fact affirmatively indicated his desire to go forward with this severed case when he filed his motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis on December 23, 2013 (Doc. 5). Accordingly, service shall be ordered on Defendant Ligget, and the matter shall be referred to a United States Magistrate Judge for further consideration.
The Clerk of Court shall prepare for Defendant LIGGET (1) Form 5 (Notice of a Lawsuit and Request to Waive Service of a Summons), and (2) Form 6 (Waiver of Service of Summons). The Clerk is DIRECTED to mail these forms, a copy of the complaint, the Order at Doc. 1, and this Memorandum and Order to Defendant's place of employment as identified by Plaintiff. If Defendant fails to sign and return the Waiver of Service of Summons (Form 6) to the Clerk within 30 days from the date the forms were sent, the Clerk shall take appropriate steps to effect formal service on Defendant, and the Court will require Defendant to pay the full costs of formal service, to the extent authorized by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
If the Defendant cannot be found at the address provided by Plaintiff, the employer shall furnish the Clerk with the Defendant's current work address, or, if not known, the Defendant's last-known address. This information shall be used only for sending the forms as directed above or for formally effecting service. Any documentation of the address shall be retained only by the Clerk. Address information shall not be maintained in the court file, nor disclosed by the Clerk.
Plaintiff shall serve upon Defendant (or upon defense counsel once an appearance is entered), a copy of every further pleading or other document submitted for consideration by the Court. Plaintiff shall include with the original paper to be filed a certificate stating the date on which a true and correct copy of any document was served on Defendant or counsel. Any paper received by a district judge or magistrate judge that has not been filed with the Clerk or that fails to include a certificate of service will be disregarded by the Court.
Defendant is ORDERED to timely file an appropriate responsive pleading to the complaint and shall not waive filing a reply pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(g).
Pursuant to Local Rule 72.1(a)(2), this action is REFERRED to a United States Magistrate Judge for further pre-trial proceedings.
Further, this entire matter shall be REFERRED to the United States Magistrate Judge for disposition, pursuant to Local Rule 72.2(b)(2) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), if all parties consent to such a referral.
Finally, Plaintiff is ADVISED that he is under a continuing obligation to keep the Clerk of Court and each opposing party informed of any change in his address; the Court will not independently investigate his whereabouts. This shall be done in writing and not later than 7 days after a transfer or other change in address occurs. Failure to comply with this order will cause a delay in the transmission of court documents and may result in dismissal of this action for want of prosecution. See FED. R. CIV. P. 41(b).
IT IS SO ORDERED.