(PC) Solis v. Fresno County Sheriff's Department et al

Filing 31

ORDER DISMISSING Action without prejudice, because of Plaintiff's failure to comply with Court Orders and to Prosecute this case, signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 9/3/2021. CASE CLOSED(Martin-Gill, S)

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Case 1:20-cv-00048-EPG Document 31 Filed 09/07/21 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 10 ADALBERTO SOLIS, Plaintiff, 11 12 13 14 v. Case No. 1:20-cv-00048-EPG (PC) ORDER DISMISSING ACTION, WITHOUT PREJUDICE, BECAUSE OF PLAINTIFF’S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDERS AND TO PROSECUTE THIS CASE PORTILLO, Defendant. (ECF Nos. 27 & 30) 15 16 Adalberto Solis (“Plaintiff”) is a former prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma 17 pauperis in this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The parties have 18 consented to magistrate judge jurisdiction and the case has been assigned to the undersigned 19 “for all further proceedings including trial and entry of judgment.” (ECF No. 29). 20 On May 21, 2021, the Court issued an order requiring the parties to submit scheduling 21 and discovery statements within thirty days. (ECF No. 27). On June 21, 2021, Defendant filed 22 his scheduling and discovery statement. (ECF No. 28-1). Plaintiff did not file his statement, 23 and his deadline to do so passed. Accordingly, on August 9, 2021, the Court directed Plaintiff 24 to file his statement. (ECF No. 30). Plaintiff was warned that “[f]ailure to comply with this 25 order may result in the dismissal of this action.” (Id. at 2). 26 27 28 Plaintiff’s deadline to file his statement has once again passed and Plaintiff once again failed to file his statement. Accordingly, the Court will dismiss this case, without prejudice, because of Plaintiff’s 1 Case 1:20-cv-00048-EPG Document 31 Filed 09/07/21 Page 2 of 3 1 2 failure to comply with court orders and failure to prosecute this case. “In determining whether to dismiss a[n] [action] for failure to prosecute or failure to 3 comply with a court order, the Court must weigh the following factors: (1) the public’s interest 4 in expeditious resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its docket; (3) the risk of 5 prejudice to defendants/respondents; (4) the availability of less drastic alternatives; and (5) the 6 public policy favoring disposition of cases on their merits.” Pagtalunan v. Galaza, 291 F.3d 7 639, 642 (9th Cir. 2002) (citing Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992)). 8 “‘The public’s interest in expeditious resolution of litigation always favors dismissal.’” 9 Id. (quoting Yourish v. California Amplifier, 191 F.3d 983, 990 (9th Cir. 1999)). Accordingly, 10 11 this factor weighs in favor of dismissal. As to the Court’s need to manage its docket, “[t]he trial judge is in the best position to 12 determine whether the delay in a particular case interferes with docket management and the 13 public interest…. It is incumbent upon the Court to manage its docket without being subject to 14 routine noncompliance of litigants....” Id. Here, Plaintiff’s failure to file a scheduling 15 conference statement as required by the Court’s orders and to otherwise prosecute this action is 16 delaying the case. Specifically, the scheduling statement is an important document for the 17 Court to use in making the schedule in this case. It also includes important information for the 18 parties, such as “the location of potentially relevant documents,” and “when the parties will be 19 prepared to participate in a settlement conference.” Plaintiff’s failure to file his statement has 20 delayed this Court’s ability to issue a scheduling order for over two months already, and 21 Plaintiff still has not filed his statement. And without being able to issue a scheduling order, 22 this case is stalled from progressing further with discovery and other case-related deadlines. 23 Therefore, the second factor weighs in favor of dismissal. 24 Turning to the risk of prejudice, “pendency of a lawsuit is not sufficiently prejudicial in 25 and of itself to warrant dismissal.” Id. (citing Yourish, 191 F.3d at 991). However, “delay 26 inherently increases the risk that witnesses’ memories will fade and evidence will become 27 stale,” id. at 643, and it is Plaintiff’s failure to comply with court orders and to prosecute this 28 case that is causing delay and preventing this case from progressing. Therefore, the third factor 2 Case 1:20-cv-00048-EPG Document 31 Filed 09/07/21 Page 3 of 3 1 weighs in favor of dismissal. 2 As for the availability of lesser sanctions, given that Plaintiff has chosen not to 3 prosecute this action and has failed to comply with the Court’s orders, despite being warned of 4 possible dismissal, there is little available to the Court which would constitute a satisfactory 5 lesser sanction while protecting the Court from further unnecessary expenditure of its scarce 6 resources. Considering Plaintiff’s in forma pauperis status, it appears that monetary sanctions 7 are of little use. And as it appears that Plaintiff has decided to stop prosecuting this case, 8 excluding evidence would be a meaningless sanction. Additionally, because the dismissal 9 being considered in this case is without prejudice, the Court is stopping short of using the 10 11 12 13 14 harshest possible sanction of dismissal with prejudice. Finally, because public policy favors disposition on the merits, this factor weighs against dismissal. Id. After weighing the factors, the Court finds that dismissal without prejudice is appropriate. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that: 15 1. This case is dismissed, without prejudice, because of Plaintiff’s failure to 16 comply with court orders and to prosecute this case; and 17 2. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case. 18 19 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 3, 2021 /s/ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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