Hernandez v. Federal Bureau of Prisons et al

Filing 32

ORDER DIRECTING Plaintiff to Submit Proof of Service or SHOW CAUSE Why this Action should not be Dismissed for Failure to Prosecute; Twenty-One (21) Day Deadline signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 8/22/2017. (Sant Agata, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JOSE LOPEZ HERNANDEZ, 12 13 14 15 Plaintiff, v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS, et al., Defendants. 16 Case No. 1:15-cv-00573-BAM (PC) ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO SUBMIT PROOF OF SERVICE OR SHOW CAUSE WHY THIS ACTION SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE (ECF No. 31) TWENTY-ONE (21) DAY DEADLINE 17 18 Plaintiff Jose Lopez Hernandez (“Plaintiff”) is a former federal prisoner proceeding pro se 19 in this civil rights action under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of 20 Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). This action proceeds against Defendants H. A. Rios, Jr.; 21 Saragosh; and Estrada (“Defendants”) for the failure to protect Plaintiff in violation of the Eighth 22 Amendment. (ECF Nos. 18, 19.) 23 The Court issued an order on August 18, 2016, finding service of the complaint 24 appropriate, and directing Plaintiff to complete service of process on Defendants Rios, Saragosh, 25 and Estrada within ninety (90) days from the date of service of that order. (ECF No. 20.) On 26 October 24, 2016, Plaintiff filed with the Court a notice of submission of summons as to each 27 Defendant. (ECF No. 24.) However, upon review of those documents, the Court discovered that 28 Plaintiff had been mistakenly sent blank summonses. Accordingly, on December 19, 2016, the 1 1 Court ordered the Clerk of the Court to mail Plaintiff issued summonses and gave Plaintiff ninety 2 (90) days to complete re-service with the newly issued summonses. (ECF No. 25.) 3 Plaintiff failed to timely file with the Court proofs of service or signed waivers of service 4 for any defendant. On May 1, 2017, the Court issued an order to show cause why this action 5 should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). 6 (ECF No. 29.) On May 26, 2017, Plaintiff timely filed a response to the Court’s order to show 7 cause, stating that his process server had delivered service documents to each defendant by mail, 8 and Defendants had failed to return the Waiver of Service of Summons forms to him. (ECF No. 9 30.) 10 The Court issued an order discharging the show cause order and directing Plaintiff to 11 complete service of process on Defendants within sixty (60) days from the date of service of that 12 order. (ECF No. 31.) The Court warned Plaintiff that his failure to timely complete service of 13 process on the Defendants and to file proof of service with the Court would result in dismissal of 14 this action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). (Id. at 3.) The deadline for service 15 of process has expired, and Plaintiff has not complied with the Court’s order or otherwise 16 communicated with the Court. 17 Rule 4(m) sets out the time limit for service: 18 If a defendant is not served within 90 days after the complaint is filed, the court— on motion or on its own after notice to the plaintiff—must dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time. But if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure, the court must extend the time for service for an appropriate period. 19 20 21 22 The Court has allowed Plaintiff the ninety (90) days required by Rule 4(m), an additional ninety 23 (90) days, and a further sixty (60) days to serve Defendants. As of the date of this order, Plaintiff 24 has not filed with the Court proofs of service or signed waivers of service for any Defendant, and 25 there is no indication that Plaintiff has completed service of process on Defendants Rios, 26 Saragosh, or Estrada. 27 /// 28 /// 2 1 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows: 2 1. Within twenty-one (21) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff shall 3 show cause in writing why this action should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute, 4 pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m); 5 2. Plaintiff may comply with this order by filing proofs of service or signed waivers of 6 service demonstrating that he has completed or effectuated service of process on 7 Defendants, and; 8 3. Plaintiff’s failure to comply with this order will result in dismissal of this action. 9 10 11 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Barbara August 22, 2017 A. McAuliffe _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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