Ramirez v. Clark, et al.

Filing 7

ORDER DISMISSING CASE without prejudice as to 3 , signed by Magistrate Judge Sandra M. Snyder on 01/04/2009. CASE CLOSED(Martin, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. Plaintiff consented to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(c) on October 23, 2008. (Doc. 4.) On October 10, 2008, the undersigned issued an order requiring plaintiff to either submit an application to proceed in forma pauperis, or in the alternative, to pay the $350.00 filing fee for this action, within forty-five days. More than sixty days have passed, and plaintiff has not paid the filing fee, submitted an application, or otherwise responded to the court's order. In determining whether to dismiss this action for failure to comply with the directives set forth in its order, "the Court must weigh the following factors: (1) the public's interest in expeditious resolution of litigation; (2) the court's need to manage its docket; (3) the risk of prejudice to defendants/respondents; (4) the availability of less drastic alternatives; and (5) the public policy favoring disposition of cases on their merits." Pagtalunan v. Galaza, 291 F.3d 639, 642 (9th Cir. 2002) (citing Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992)). "`The public's interest in expeditious resolution of litigation always favors dismissal,'" id. (quoting Yourish v. California Amplifier, 191 F.3d 983, 990 (9th Cir. 1999)), and here, the action has 1 vs. KEN CLARK, Warden, et al., Defendants. ARTEMIO RAMIREZ, Plaintiff, ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 1:08-cv-01513-SMS-PC ORDER DISMISSING CASE FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A COURT ORDER (Doc. 3.) ORDER FOR CLERK TO CLOSE CASE IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 been pending for nearly three months. Plaintiff's failure to respond to the Court's order may reflect Plaintiff's disinterest in prosecuting his case. In such an instance, the Court cannot continue to expend its scarce resources assisting a litigant who will not help himself by either submitting an application or paying the filing fee so his own case can proceed. Thus, both the first and second factors weigh in favor of dismissal. Turning to the risk of prejudice, "pendency of a lawsuit is not sufficiently prejudicial in and of itself to warrant dismissal." Id. (citing Yourish at 991). However, "delay inherently increases the risk that witnesses' memories will fade and evidence will become stale," id., and it is Ramirez' failure to resolve payment of the filing fee at the commencement of this action in the first instance and to respond to the Court's order in the second instance that is causing delay. Therefore, the third factor weighs in favor of dismissal. As for the availability of lesser sanctions, at this stage in the proceedings there is little available to the Court which would constitute a satisfactory lesser sanction while protecting the Court from further unnecessary expenditure of its scarce resources. As it appears Ramirez cannot pay the filing fee for this action, monetary sanctions are of little use, and given the early stage of these proceedings, the preclusion of evidence or witnesses is not available. However, inasmuch as the dismissal being considered in this case is without prejudice, the Court is stopping short of issuing the harshest possible sanction of dismissal with prejudice. Finally, because public policy favors disposition on the merits, this factor will always weigh against dismissal. Id. at 643. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. This action is dismissed without prejudice, based on plaintiff's failure to obey the court's order of October 10, 2008; and 2. The Clerk is directed to close the case. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: icido3 January 4, 2009 /s/ Sandra M. Snyder UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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