Ricky Colmenero v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 26

ORDER to SHOW CAUSE Show Cause Response due by 11/3/2017, signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 10/5/2017. (Kusamura, W)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 RICKY COLMENERO, 16-cv-649 GSA 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 15 16 17 v. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE NANCY BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. 18 19 On May 16, 2016, pro se Plaintiff Ricky Colmenero (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint 20 requesting a review of the Commissioner’s denial of disability benefits. (Doc. 1). After the Court 21 screened the pleading, Plaintiff filed two additional complaints. (Docs. 8 and 10). The second 22 amended complaint was served on the Defendant on February 21, 2017. (Doc. 21). On April 7, 23 2017, the Court issued an order advising Plaintiff that he was required to serve a confidential 24 letter brief on the Defendant thirty days after the filing of the administrative record. (Doc. 23). 25 Defendant served the administrative record on June 15, 2017 (Doc. 24) requiring that the 26 27 28 confidential letter brief be served on the Defendant no later than July 17, 2017. Moreover, if the case did not resolve, Plaintiff was required to file an Opening Brief ninety-five days (95) after the 1 1 filing of the administrative record, or by September 18, 2017. To date, Plaintiff has not filed a 2 proof of service indicating that he served the confidential letter brief on Defendant, nor has he 3 filed an Opening Brief. As such, it appears that Plaintiff has violated the order of this court. 4 Accordingly, the Court orders that Plaintiff show cause why this case should not be dismissed for 5 6 7 his failure to comply with this Court’s orders, and for his failure to prosecute this case. Rule 110 of this Court’s Local Rules provides that the “failure of counsel or of a party to 8 comply … with any order of the Court may be grounds for imposition by the Court of any and all 9 sanctions … within the inherent power of the Court.” This Court has the inherent power to 10 11 manage its docket. Thompson v. Housing Auth., 782 F.2d 829, 831 (9th Cir. 1986). A court may dismiss an action, with prejudice, based on a party’s failure to prosecute an action, failure to obey 12 13 14 a court order, or failure to comply with local rules. See, e.g., Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 53-54 (9th Cir. 1995) (dismissal for noncompliance with local rule); Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 15 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for failure to comply with an order requiring amendment of 16 complaint); Carey v. King, 856 F.2d 1439, 1440-41 (9th Cir. 1988) (dismissal for failure to 17 comply with local rule requiring pro se plaintiffs to keep court apprised of address); Henderson v. 18 19 Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421, 1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for lack of prosecution and failure to comply with local rules). 20 21 In determining whether to dismiss an action for lack of prosecution, failure to obey a 22 court order, or failure to comply with local rules, the court must consider several factors: (1) the 23 public’s interest in expeditious resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its docket; 24 (3) the risk of prejudice to the defendants; (4) the public policy favoring disposition of cases on 25 their merits; and (5) the availability of less drastic alternatives. Ghazali, 46 F.3d at 53; Ferdik, 26 963 F.2d at 1260-61; Thompson, 782 F.2d at 831; Henderson, 779 F.2d at 1423-24. 27 Given the above, Plaintiff ORDERED to file a written response to this Order to Show 28 2 1 Cause no later than November 3, 2017, explaining why he has not served Defendant with the 2 confidential letter brief, or filed an Opening Brief. 3 Failure to respond to this Order to Show Cause within the time specified will result 4 in dismissal of this action. 5 6 7 8 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: October 5, 2017 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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