Gallegos v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 12

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 8/30/2017. 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 ANDREW M. GALLEGOS, Plaintiff, 12 13 14 v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, 15 Defendant. 16 17 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 1:17-cv-0227 - 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 Andrew M. Gallegos initiated this action by filing a complaint on February 15, 2017, seeking 18 judicial review of the decision denying his application for Social Security benefits. (Doc. 1) On 19 February 21, 2017, the Court issued its Scheduling Order, setting forth the applicable filing deadlines. 20 (Doc. 6-1) 21 In the Scheduling Order, Plaintiff was ordered to serve “a letter brief outlining the reasons why 22 he[] contends that a remand is warranted” within thirty days of the date of service for the administrative 23 record, which was filed on July 7, 2017. (Doc. 6-1 at 2) As set forth in the Scheduling Order, “The 24 letter brief itself shall NOT be filed with the court and it shall be marked ‘confidential.’” (Id.) 25 However, Plaintiff was directed to file “[a] separate proof of service reflecting that the letter brief was 26 served” upon the Commissioner. (Id.) To date, Plaintiff has not filed a proof of service, and has not 27 requested an extension of time to serve the confidential letter brief. 28 The Local Rules, corresponding with Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, provide: “Failure of counsel or of a 1 1 party to comply with . . . any order of the Court may be grounds for the imposition by the Court of any 2 and all sanctions . . . within the inherent power of the Court.” Local Rule 110. “District courts have 3 inherent power to control their dockets,” and in exercising that power, a court may impose sanctions 4 including dismissal of an action. Thompson v. Housing Authority of Los Angeles, 782 F.2d 829, 831 5 (9th Cir. 1986). A court may dismiss an action with prejudice, based on a party’s failure to prosecute 6 an action or failure to obey a court order, or failure to comply with local rules. See, e.g. Ferdik v. 7 Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for failure to comply with an order); 8 Malone v. U.S. Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987) (dismissal for failure to comply with a 9 court order); Henderson v. Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421, 1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for failure to 10 11 prosecute and to comply with local rules). Accordingly, Plaintiff is ORDERED to show cause within fourteen days of the date of 12 service of this Order why the action should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute or to follow the 13 Court’s Order or, in the alternative, to proof of service of the confidential letter brief. 14 15 16 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: August 30, 2017 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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