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Administrative closings comprise a familiar, albeit essentially ad hoc, way in which courts remove cases from their active files without making any final adjudication. See Corion Corp. v. Chen, 964 F.2d 55, 56-57 (1st Cir. 1992) (holding that an order deeming a case 'administratively closed' was not a final, appealable order absent a separate document to signal the court's 'view that the case had concluded'). The method is used in various districts throughout the nation in order to shelve pending, but dormant, cases. See, e.g., id.; In re Arbitration Between Phila. Elec. Co. & Nuclear Elec. Ins. Ltd., 845 F. Supp. 1026, 1028 (S.D.N.Y. 1994); Mercer v. Allegheny Ludlum Corp., 132 F.R.D. 38, 38-39 (W.D. Pa. 1990), aff'd, 931 F.2d 50 (3d Cir. 1991). Courts endorse the judicious use of administrative closings by district courts in circumstances in which a case, though not dead, is likely to remain moribund for an appreciable period of time. Such circumstances include -- but are by no means limited to -- situations in which prosecution of a suit must be deferred indefinitely to permit the completion of arbitration proceedings, see, e.g., Corion Corp., 964 F.2d at 56-57, or to await ...

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