Huapaya v. Davey et al
ORDER to SHOW CAUSE why this case should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute, signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 11/17/2020 (Show Cause Response due within 14-Day Deadline)(Martin-Gill, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 1:17-cv-01441-DAD-SAB (PC)
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THIS
CASE SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED FOR
FAILURE TO PROSECUTE
D. DAVEY, et al.,
Plaintiff Enrique Huapaya is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights
action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This case is currently scheduled for a telephonic trial
confirmation hearing on December 14, 2020, and for jury trial on February 17, 2021, before the
On January 3, 2020, the court issued a second scheduling order, which required plaintiff to
file a pretrial statement by October 14, 2020. (Doc. No. 57.) That deadline has passed, and
plaintiff has not filed his pretrial statement as required, nor has plaintiff otherwise communicated
with the court since he filed a motion for appointment of counsel that was received on June 22,
2020 and was denied by the assigned magistrate judge. (Doc. Nos. 63, 64.)
The court may impose sanctions, including dismissal of an action, due to a plaintiff’s
failure to comply with a court order. In determining whether to dismiss this action for failure to
comply with the directives set forth in its order, “the Court must weigh the following factors: (1)
the public’s interest in expeditious resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its
docket; (3) the risk of prejudice to defendants/respondents; (4) the availability of less drastic
alternatives; and (5) the public policy favoring disposition of cases on their merits.” Pagtalunan
v. Galaza, 291 F.3d 639, 642 (9th Cir. 2002) (citing Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260–61
(9th Cir. 1992)).
At this stage in the litigation, the court finds it appropriate to provide plaintiff with an
additional opportunity to proceed with this action. Accordingly, the court directs plaintiff
Huapaya to file a written response within fourteen (14) days of service of this order showing
cause why this case should not be dismissed due to his failure to comply with the court’s prior
orders and failure to prosecute this action. In response to this order, plaintiff should either: (1)
file a pretrial statement, as described in the court’s second scheduling order (see Doc. No. 57); or
(2) explain why the court should grant him an extension of time in which to file his pretrial
statement. Any failure on plaintiff’s part to comply with this order will likely result in the
dismissal of this action.
For the reasons set forth above,
1. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve this order, accompanied by a copy of the
court’s second scheduling order (Doc. No. 57), on plaintiff; and
2. Plaintiff Huapaya shall file a written response to this order within fourteen (14) days
of service of this order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 17, 2020
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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