Walner v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 23

ORDER to SHOW CAUSE Why the Action Should Not Be Dismissed for Plaintiff's Failure to Prosecute and Failure to Comply with the Court's Order, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 10/4/2017. Show Cause Response due within 14 days. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 13 14 15 JOHNNIE LEE WALNER, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, ) ) Defendant. ) ) Case No.: 1:16-cv-1646 - JLT ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THE ACTION SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED FOR PLAINTIFF’S FAILURE TO PROSECUTE AND FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE COURT’S ORDER 16 17 Johnnie Lee Walner initiated this action by filing a complaint on November 1, 2016, seeking 18 judicial review of the decision to denying an application for Social Security benefits. (Doc. 1) On 19 December 2, 2016, the Court entered its Scheduling Order, setting forth the applicable deadlines for 20 the action. (Doc. 7-1) Pursuant to the Scheduling Order, the parties exchanged confidential letter 21 briefs, with Defendant serving the Commissioner’s response on August 29, 2017. (Doc. 22) 22 In the Scheduling Order, Plaintiff was ordered to file an opening brief addressing “each claimed 23 error” by the administrative law judge within thirty days of the date of service of the Commissioner’s 24 response. (See Doc. 7-1 at 2, 4, explaining the applicable briefing deadlines.) Thus, Plaintiff was to 25 file his opening brief in this action no later than September 28, 2017. (See id.) However, Plaintiff 26 failed to file an opening brief, and has not requested an extension of time. 27 28 The Local Rules, corresponding with Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, provide: “Failure of counsel or of a party to comply with . . . any order of the Court may be grounds for the imposition by the Court of any 1 1 and all sanctions . . . within the inherent power of the Court.” Local Rule 110. “District courts have 2 inherent power to control their dockets,” and in exercising that power, a court may impose sanctions 3 including dismissal of an action. Thompson v. Housing Authority of Los Angeles, 782 F.2d 829, 831 4 (9th Cir. 1986). A court may dismiss an action with prejudice, based on a party’s failure to prosecute 5 an action or failure to obey a court order, or failure to comply with local rules. See, e.g. Ferdik v. 6 Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for failure to comply with an order); 7 Malone v. U.S. Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987) (dismissal for failure to comply with 8 a court order); Henderson v. Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421, 1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for failure to 9 prosecute and to comply with local rules). 10 Accordingly, Plaintiff is ORDERED to show cause within fourteen days of the date of service 11 of this Order why the action should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute or to follow the Court’s 12 Order or, in the alternative, to file an opening brief. 13 14 15 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: October 4, 2017 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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