Hicks v. Mantevousian et al
ORDER to SHOW CAUSE Why the Action Should not be Dismissed for Plaintiff's Failure to Comply with the Court's Order and Failure to Prosecute this action,signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 09/15/17. Show Cause Response due by 10/12/2017. (Martin-Gill, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
11 MARQUIS HICKS,
Case No. 1:16-cv-01440-JLT (PC)
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THE
ACTION SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED
FOR PLAINTIFF’S FAILURE TO
COMPLY WITH THE COURT'S ORDER
AND FAILURE TO PROSECUTE THIS
14 MANTEVOUSIAN, et al.,
On June 20, 2017, the Court issued an order directing Plaintiff to submit service
19 documents and USM-285 Forms for service on Defendants within twenty-one days. (Doc. 9.) On
20 July 6, 2017, this order was returned by the United States Postal Service as undeliverable. More
21 than two months have passed and Plaintiff has failed to update his address of record in this action,
22 to submit the requisite documents for service of the complaint or to otherwise respond to the
23 Court’s June 20, 2017 order.
The Local Rules, corresponding with Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, provide, “[f]ailure of counsel or
25 of a party to comply with . . . any order of the Court may be grounds for the imposition by the
26 Court of any and all sanctions . . . within the inherent power of the Court.” Local Rule 110.
27 “District courts have inherent power to control their dockets,” and in exercising that power, a court
28 may impose sanctions, including dismissal of an action. Thompson v. Housing Authority of Los
1 Angeles, 782 F.2d 829, 831 (9th Cir. 1986). A court may dismiss an action with prejudice, based
2 on a party’s failure to prosecute an action or failure to obey a court order, or failure to comply with
3 local rules. See, e.g. Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for
4 failure to comply with an order requiring amendment of complaint); Malone v. U.S. Postal
5 Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987) (dismissal for failure to comply with a court order);
6 Henderson v. Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421, 1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for failure to prosecute and
7 to comply with local rules).
Further, Plaintiff was informed in the First Informational Order that Local Rule 182(f)
9 requires him to keep the Court informed of his correct, current address. (Doc. 3.) That order
10 further informed Plaintiff that he would have sixty-three days from the date of receipt by the Court
11 of mail returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service to update his address in this action
12 and that his failure to do so would result in dismissal for failure to prosecute. (Id.)
Accordingly, Plaintiff is ORDERED to show cause within 21 days of the date of service
14 of this order why the action should not be dismissed for both his failure to comply with the
15 Court’s June 20, 2017 order and to keep his address in this action updated; alternatively, within
16 that same time, Plaintiff may submit the documents for service on Defendants, or file a notice of
17 voluntary dismissal.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 15, 2017
/s/ Jennifer L. Thurston
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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