Justin Lee Brown v. Jimenez et al
ORDER DISMISSING CASE by Judge Manuel L. Real, This action is DISMISSED withoutprejudice. re Complaint (Prisoner Civil Rights) 3 (lmh)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
) Case No. ED CV 13-890 R (MRW)
) ORDER DISMISSING ACTION
) WITHOUT PREJUDICE
JIMENEZ, et al.,
JUSTIN LEE BROWN,
The Court vacates the reference of this action to the Magistrate Judge and
21 dismisses the action for Petitioner’s failure to prosecute the action.
This is a civil rights action brought by a prisoner in San Bernardino County.
24 Plaintiff alleges that, after appearing for a hearing in the Rancho Cucamonga
25 Superior Court, he was improperly placed in a cell with a high security inmate.
26 The inmate assaulted Plaintiff in the cell, and sheriff’s deputies shot Plaintiff with a
27 taser when they responded to the incident.
Magistrate Judge Wilner declined to order service of the complaint due to
2 numerous pleading deficiencies. (Docket # 5.) The Court set a deadline to allow
3 Plaintiff to amend his complaint, but Plaintiff failed to do so. The Court then
4 issued an order to show cause. (Docket # 6.) The Court mailed the order to
5 Plaintiff’s last known address – a jail in San Bernardino – but the jail indicated that
6 Plaintiff is no longer in custody. (Docket # 8.) Plaintiff failed to respond to the
7 Court’s OSC deadline. He also failed to update his mailing address with the Court.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) provides that “[i]f the plaintiff fails to
11 prosecute or to comply with these rules or a court order, a defendant may move to
12 dismiss the action or any claim against it.” Dismissal also may be ordered by the
13 Court sua sponte. Link v. Wabash R.R., 370 U.S. 626, 629-30 (1962). Dismissal
14 of a civil action under Rule 41 may be appropriate to advance the public’s interest
15 in the expeditious resolution of litigation, the court’s need to manage its docket,
16 and to avoid the risk of prejudice to defendants. Omstead v. Dell, Inc., 594 F. 3d
17 1081, 1084 (9th Cir. 2010); Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1263 (9th Cir.
18 1992). Additionally, a court should consider the public policy favoring disposition
19 of cases on their merits and the availability of less drastic alternatives in its
20 evaluation. Carey v. King, 856 F.2d 1439, 1440 (9th Cir. 1988); Henderson v.
21 Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421 (9th Cir. 1986).
In the present action, the Court finds dismissal is appropriate. Plaintiff
23 failed to comply with the Court’s clear and direct instructions on several occasions.
24 Plaintiff did not amend his complaint or respond to the order to show cause by the
25 deadlines that the Court set. As a result, the Court concludes that Petitioner does
26 not wish to advance his case here. By contrast, the Court, the government, and the
27 public have a strong interest in terminating this action. The Court finds that
1 dismissal is appropriate under Rule 41(b). Furthermore, because Plaintiff is a pro
2 se litigant who has not responded to the Court’s most recent notice about the status
3 of the case, no sanction short of dismissal will be effective in moving this case
4 forward. Carey, 856 F.2d at 1440.
Additionally, Plaintiff has not provided the Court with up-to-date contact
6 information. Local Rule 41-6 provides in pertinent part:
A party proceeding pro se shall keep the Court and opposing parties
apprised of such party’s current address and telephone number[.] If
mail directed by the Clerk to a pro se plaintiff’s address of record is
returned undelivered by the Postal Service, and if, within fifteen (15)
days of the service date, such plaintiff fails to notify, in writing, the
Court and opposing parties of said plaintiff’s current address, the
Court may dismiss the action with or without prejudice for want of
Plaintiff failed to update his contact information with the Court. As a result,
the Court and opposing parties have no reliable way of communicating with him.
Thus, Plaintiff’s action is subject to dismissal for violating this Local Rule.
Accordingly, for the above reasons, this action is DISMISSED without
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: August 30, 2013
HON. MANUEL L. REAL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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