Fuller v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 24

Order granting Plaintiffs Request for an Extension of Time and directing Plaintiff to file an opening brief no later than June 21, 2017, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 6/16/2017. Opening Brief Deadline: 6/21/2017. Upon the timely filing of the opening brief, the Court will discharge the Order to Show Cause dated May 31, 2017. (Rosales, O)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 WILLIE EARL FULLER, Plaintiff, 12 13 14 v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL1, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, 15 Defendant. 16 17 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 1:16-cv-0216- JLT ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME AND DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE AN OPENING BRIEF NO LATER THAN JUNE 21, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause why sanctions should not be 18 imposed for failure to prosecute the action and failure to comply with the Court’s scheduling order 19 requiring the filing of an opening brief. (Doc. 22) 20 On June 23, 2017, Plaintiff filed a response to the Court’s order, requesting that sanctions not 21 be imposed for the failures. (Doc. 23) Plaintiff’s counsel, Melissa Newel, reports that there was “a 22 serious family illness,” which resulted in a “significant and unexpected time away from the office.” 23 (Id. at 4, Newel Decl. ¶ 3) Ms. Newel asserts that the failure to file an opening brief was “not due to 24 any wilful delay but rather due to the unanticipated circumstances…” (Id.) As a result, she requests 25 Plaintiff be granted an additional seven days to file the opening brief in the matter. 26 27 1 28 Nancy A. Berryhill is now the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court substitutes Nancy A. Berryhill for her predecessor, Carolyn W. Colvin, as the defendant. 1 1 Based upon the information provided, it appears Plaintiff intends to proceed with this action for 2 judicial review of the administrative decision denying his application for benefits. Accordingly, the 3 Court ORDERS: 4 1. Plaintiff’s request for an extension of time to file an opening brief is GRANTED; 5 2. Plaintiff SHALL file an opening brief no later than June 21, 2017; and 6 3. Upon the timely filing of the opening brief, the Court will discharge the Order to Show 7 Cause dated May 31, 2017. 8 9 10 11 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 16, 2017 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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