(PC) Logan v. State of California et al

Filing 7

ORDER for Clerk to randomly assign a U.S. District Judge to this case and FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS recommending that this case be dismissed, without prejudice, for Plaintiff's failure to comply with court order #4 signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 9/15/2022. Referred to Judge Ana de Alba; Objections to F&R due within 14-Days. (Lundstrom, T)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ERNEST ANDRE LOGAN, 12 Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 STATE OF CALIFORNIA, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 1:22-cv-00918-GSA-PC ORDER FOR CLERK TO RANDOMLY ASSIGN A UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE TO THIS CASE AND FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, RECOMMENDING THAT THIS CASE BE DISMISSED, WITHOUT PREJUDICE, FOR PLAINTIFF’S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER (ECF No. 4.) OBJECTIONS, IF ANY, DUE IN FOURTEEN (14) DAYS 19 20 21 I. BACKGROUND 22 Ernest Andre Logan (“Plaintiff”), a civil detainee at Atascadero State Hospital, is 23 proceeding pro se with this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On July 26, 2022, 24 Plaintiff filed the Complaint commencing this action. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. (ECF No. 1.) 25 On July 28, 2022, the Court issued an order striking the Complaint and Plaintiff’s 26 application to proceed in forma pauperis from the record because Plaintiff’s failed to sign these 27 two documents. (ECF No. 4.) The Court’s order required Plaintiff to file a First Amended 28 Complaint and a completed application to proceed in forma pauperis, both bearing Plaintiff’s 1 1 signature, within thirty days. (Id.) The thirty-day time period has now expired and Plaintiff has 2 not filed a First Amended Complaint, submitted a completed application to proceed in forma 3 pauperis, or otherwise responded to the order. Therefore, it will be recommended that this case 4 be dismissed, without prejudice, for Plaintiff’s failure to comply with the Court’s order. The 5 Clerk shall be directed to randomly assign a United States District Judge to this action. 6 II. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER 7 In determining whether to dismiss this action for failure to comply with the directives set 8 forth in its order, “the Court must weigh the following factors: (1) the public’s interest in 9 expeditious resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its docket; (3) the risk of 10 prejudice to defendants/respondents; (4) the availability of less drastic alternatives; and (5) the 11 public policy favoring disposition of cases on their merits.” Pagtalunan v. Galaza, 291 F.3d 639, 12 642 (9th Cir. 2002) (citing Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992)). 13 “‘The public’s interest in expeditious resolution of litigation always favors dismissal,’” 14 id. (quoting Yourish v. California Amplifier, 191 F.3d 983, 990 (9th Cir. 1999)), and here, the 15 action has been pending since July 26, 2022. Plaintiff’s failure to respond to the Court’s order 16 may reflect Plaintiff’s disinterest in prosecuting this case. In such an instance, the Court cannot 17 continue to expend its scarce resources assisting a litigant who will not comply with the court’s 18 orders. Thus, both the first and second factors weigh in favor of dismissal. 19 Turning to the risk of prejudice, “pendency of a lawsuit is not sufficiently prejudicial in 20 and of itself to warrant dismissal.” Id. (citing Yourish at 991). However, “delay inherently 21 increases the risk that witnesses’ memories will fade and evidence will become stale,” id., and it 22 is Plaintiff’s failure to file an amended complaint and an application to proceed in forma pauperis 23 bearing his signature that is causing delay. Therefore, the third factor weighs in favor of 24 dismissal. 25 As for the availability of lesser sanctions, at this stage in the proceedings there is little 26 available to the Court which would constitute a satisfactory lesser sanction while protecting the 27 Court from further unnecessary expenditure of its scarce resources. Monetary sanctions in this 28 circumstance are of little use, and given the early stage of these proceedings, the preclusion of 2 1 evidence or witnesses is not available. However, inasmuch as the dismissal being considered in 2 this case is without prejudice, the Court is stopping short of issuing the harshest possible sanction 3 of dismissal with prejudice. 4 Finally, because public policy favors disposition on the merits, this factor will always 5 weigh against dismissal. Id. at 643. 6 III. CONCLUSION, ORDER, AND RECOMMENDATIONS 7 A. 8 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of Court shall randomly assign 9 ORDER a United States District Judge to this case. 10 B. 11 The Court HEREBY RECOMMENDS that this case be dismissed, without prejudice, 12 RECOMMENDATIONS based on Plaintiff’s failure to obey the Court’s order issued on July 28, 2022. 13 These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge 14 assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen 15 (14) days after the date of service of these findings and recommendations, Plaintiff may file 16 written objections with the court. 17 Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” Plaintiff is advised that failure to file 18 objections within the specified time may result in the waiver of rights on appeal. Wilkerson v. 19 Wheeler, 772 F.3d 834, 838-39 (9th Cir. 2014) (citing Baxter v. Sullivan, 923 F.2d 1391, 1394 20 (9th Cir. 1991)). Such a document should be captioned “Objections to 21 22 23 24 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 15, 2022 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 25 26 27 28 3

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