Lisa Mosqueda v. Carolyn W Colving Acting Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 28

ORDER SUMMARILY DISMISSING ACTION by Magistrate Judge David T. Bristow: (see document image for specifics). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Judgment be entered dismissing this action without prejudice for plaintiffs failure to prosecute. (ad)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 11 LISA MOSQUEDA, 12 Plaintiff, 13 vs. 14 15 NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security,1 16 Defendant. ) Case No. EDCV 16-00169-JAK (DTB) ) ) ) ORDER SUMMARILY DISMISSING ) ACTION ) ) ) ) ) ) 17 18 On January 28, 2016, plaintiff, through counsel, filed a Complaint for Review 19 of Final Decision of the Commissioner of Social Security herein. On February 2, 20 2016, the Court issued its Case Management Order. Plaintiff filed a Proof of Service 21 on February 25, 2016, and consented to the Magistrate Judge on the same date. On 22 September 14, 2016, defendant filed an Answer herein. Thereafter, on October 24, 23 2016, plaintiff’s counsel, Lawrence D. Rohlfing filed a Motion to Withdraw as 24 Attorney of Record. Despite being afforded an opportunity to respond, plaintiff failed 25 to response to the Motion to Withdraw. As such, the Court granted the Motion to 26 Withdraw on December 6, 2016. Lawrence D. Rohlfing was relieved as counsel of 27 28 1 The Court substitutes in the proper defendant. Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d). 1 1 record. The matter was stayed and plaintiff was ordered to advise the Court on or 2 before December 27, 2016 of her desire to proceed in pro per or her desire to seek 3 new counsel. As plaintiff failed to respond to the Court, the Court presumed that 4 plaintiff intended to proceed pro se, representing herself in this action. The stay of 5 this matter was lifted on January 6, 2017. On that same date, the Court issued an 6 Order re Further Proceedings, ordering the parties to file and serve memorandums in 7 support of the Complaint and Answer. As plaintiff failed to timely file her 8 memorandum in support of the Complaint, on February 21, 2017, the Court issued an 9 Order to Show Cause ordering her to either (a) show good cause in writing, if any 10 exists, why the Court should not recommend that this case be dismissed for lack of 11 diligent prosecution and/or failure to comply with the Court’s prior Order; or (b) file 12 her memorandum in support of the complaint, as well as a proof of service reflecting 13 such service. 14 Plaintiff has failed to timely file her memorandum in support of the Complaint, 15 as well as a response to the Court’s Order to Show Cause. 16 Thus, this matter is now ready for decision. For the reasons discussed below, 17 the Court recommends that the action be dismissed without prejudice for failure to 18 prosecute. 19 20 21 DISCUSSION The Court has inherent power to achieve the orderly and expeditious 22 disposition of cases by dismissing actions for failure to prosecute and/or failure to 23 comply with a Court order. See Link v. Wabash R.R., 370 U.S. 626, 629-30, 82 S. 24 Ct. 1386, 8 L. Ed. 2d 734 (1962); Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b). 25 In Carey v. King, 856 F.2d 1439 (9th Cir. 1988), the Ninth Circuit cited the 26 following factors as relevant to the Court’s determination whether to dismiss an 27 action for failure to prosecute: “(1) [T]he public’s interest in expeditious resolution 28 of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its docket; (3) the risk of prejudice to the 2 1 defendants; (4) the public policy favoring disposition of cases on their merits, and (5) 2 the availability of less drastic sanctions.” See Carey, 856 F.2d at 1440. 3 In Carey, the Ninth Circuit observed that “[i]t would be absurd to require the 4 district court to hold a case in abeyance indefinitely just because it is unable, through 5 the plaintiff’s own fault, to contact the plaintiff to determine if his reasons for not 6 prosecuting his lawsuit are reasonable or not.” (Id. at 1441.) 7 Here, the Court finds that the first, second and fifth Carey factors militate in 8 favor of dismissal. As a result of plaintiff’s failure to file her memorandum in support 9 of the Complaint, this action has been and will continue to be stalemated. Moreover, 10 it does not appear to the Court that there are any less drastic sanctions available for 11 the Court to impose. While the Court finds that the third and fourth Carey factors do 12 not militate in favor of dismissal, the Court has concluded that the other three factors 13 in this instance outweigh the third and fourth factors. 14 15 16 CONCLUSION IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Judgment be entered dismissing this 17 action without prejudice for plaintiff’s failure to prosecute. 18 19 DATED: April 10, 2017 20 21 22 DAVID T. BRISTOW UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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