(PC) Atkins v. Rocha et al
ORDER to SHOW CAUSE Why Action Should Not be Dismissed for Failure to Comply With the Court's Order, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 9/7/2020. Show Cause Response due within TWENTY-ONE DAYS. (Marrujo, C)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MCKINLEY PIERCE ATKINS,
Case No. 1:20-cv-00193-JLT (PC)
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY ACTION
SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED FOR
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE
E. ROCHA, et al.,
On June 7, 2020, the Court issued a screening order directing Plaintiff to file a first
amended complaint within 21 days. (Doc. 9.) The Court granted Plaintiff an extension of time on
June 22, 2020. (Doc. 11.) Although more than the allowed time has passed, Plaintiff has not filed
an amended complaint.
The Local Rules, corresponding with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, provide,
“[f]ailure 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 and all sanctions … within the inherent power of the Court.”
Local Rule 110. “District courts have inherent power to control their dockets” and, in exercising
that power, may impose sanctions, including dismissal of an action. Thompson v. Housing Auth.,
City of Los Angeles, 782 F.2d 829, 831 (9th Cir. 1986). A court may dismiss an action based on a
party’s failure to prosecute an action, obey a court order, or comply with local rules. See, e.g.,
Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for failure to comply with a
court order to amend a complaint); Malone v. U.S. Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130-31 (9th Cir.
1987) (dismissal for failure to comply with a court order); Henderson v. Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421,
1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for failure to prosecute and to comply with local rules).
Accordingly, the Court ORDERS Plaintiff to show cause in writing, within 21 days of the
date of service of this order, why this action should not be dismissed for his failure to comply
with the Court’s order. Alternatively, within that same time, Plaintiff may file a first amended
complaint curing the deficiencies identified in the Court’s screening order (Doc. 9) or a notice of
voluntary dismissal of this case. Failure to comply with this order will result in a
recommendation that this action be dismissed for failure to state a claim and to obey a court
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 7, 2020
/s/ Jennifer L. Thurston
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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