Christopher J. Steiger v. Kilolo Kijakazi
MINUTE (In Chambers) Order to Show Cause Why Action Should Not Be Dismissed for Failure to Prosecute and Comply with Court Orders by Magistrate Judge Kenly Kiya Kato. Plaintiff shall have up to and including November 29, 2021, to respond to this Order. (see document for further details) (hr)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
EDCV 21-1738-DOC (KK)
Date: November 19, 2021
Title: Christopher S.1 v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Present: The Honorable KENLY KIYA KATO, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Attorney(s) Present for Plaintiff(s):
Attorney(s) Present for Defendant(s):
(In Chambers) Order to Show Cause Why Action Should Not Be Dismissed
for Failure to Prosecute and Comply with Court Orders
On October 14, 2021, Plaintiff Christopher S. (“Plaintiff”) filed a Complaint challenging the
denial of his application for Title II Disability Insurance Benefits and/or Title XVI Supplemental
Security Income by the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (“Defendant”). ECF
Docket No. (“Dkt.”) 1.
On October 18, 2021, the Court issued a Case Management Order (“CMO”) instructing
Plaintiff to “promptly serve the summons and complaint on the Commissioner,” and to
“electronically file a proof of service” within thirty (30) days after the filing of the Complaint, i.e. no
later than November 15, 2021. Dkt. 9 at 1-2. The CMO warned Plaintiff that failure to follow those
instructions “may result in dismissal of this case.” Id. at 2.
Partially redacted in compliance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2(c)(2)(B) and the
recommendation of the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the Judicial
Conference of the United States.
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As of the date of this Order, Plaintiff still has not filed a proof of service, per the Court’s
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) (“Rule 41(b)”), the Court may dismiss an action
with prejudice for failure to prosecute or failure to comply with any court order. See FED. R. CIV. P.
Here, Plaintiff has failed to file a proof of service of the Complaint, and thus failed to
comply with the Court’s CMO. Pursuant to Rule 41(b), the Court may, therefore, dismiss the
instant action without prejudice for failure to prosecute and comply with a court order. Bennett v.
Colvin, No. CV 12-10317-PA (PJW), 2013 WL 3233420, at *1 (C.D. Cal. June 26, 2013) (dismissing
pro se social security action under Rule 41(b) where plaintiff failed to file proof of service on
defendant despite court order). However, before dismissing this action, the Court will afford
Plaintiff an opportunity to explain his failure to file a proof of service as directed by the CMO.
Accordingly, Plaintiff is ORDERED TO SHOW CAUSE, in writing, why this action
should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute and/or comply with court orders. Plaintiff shall
have up to and including November 29, 2021, to respond to this Order. Plaintiff is cautioned
that failure to timely file a response to this Order will be deemed by the Court consent to the
dismissal of this action without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
The Court notes Defendant has appeared in the action by filing a Consent to Proceed before
Magistrate Judge, dkt. 10. See dkt. 9, CMO at 2 n.2 (“The filing of consent to proceed before the
Magistrate Judge will serve as a notice of appearance”). Nevertheless, Plaintiff must still file a proof
of service as required by the CMO.
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