White v. Smyers et al

Filing 229

FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 8/24/2017 RECOMMENDING that this action be dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute. Referred to Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. Objections due within 14 days after being served with these findings and recommendations. (Henshaw, R)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 WALTER HOWARD WHITE, 12 No. 2:12-cv-2868 MCE AC P Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 SMYERS, et al., 15 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Defendants. 16 Plaintiff is a former state prisoner, recently paroled, who proceeds pro se and in forma 17 18 pauperis with this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Currently pending are 19 three motions for summary judgment filed, respectively, by defendant Pomazal on June 28, 2017, 20 ECF No. 216; defendant Miranda on June 30, 2017, ECF No. 219; and defendants Lankford, Lee, 21 Mayes, Rofling, Schmidt and Swingle on July 24, 2017, ECF No. 225. Plaintiff has not 22 responded to any of these motions. Moreover, the last two orders of this court for which service 23 was attempted on plaintiff at his address of record, ECF Nos. 221 & 224, were returned as 24 undeliverable. The undersigned’s review of the Inmate Locator website operated by the 25 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation indicates that plaintiff remains 26 unincarcerated.1 27 28 1 See http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/ This Court may take judicial notice of facts that are capable of accurate determination by sources whose accuracy cannot reasonably be questioned. 1 1 Local Rule 230(l) requires that any opposition or statement of nonopposition to a motion 2 must be served and filed within 21 days after service of the motion. An additional 3 days are 3 added in the instant case because defendants served their motions by mail. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 6(d)). Application of this 24-day deadline to the pending motions required plaintiff to respond to 5 the motions filed by defendants Pomazal and Miranda on or before on July 24, 2017;2 and to 6 respond to the motion filed by the remaining defendants on or before August 17, 2017. 7 Defendants Pomazal and Miranda have informed the court that service of their respective motions 8 on plaintiff appeared to be successful, but that plaintiff has failed to respond. See ECF Nos. 227, 9 228. 10 Plaintiff’s failure to respond to any of defendants’ motions or otherwise communicate 11 with the court, together with his failure to inform the court of his current address of record, 12 violates the local and federal rules of court. See Local Rule 230(l) (“Failure of the responding 13 party to file an opposition or to file a statement of no opposition may be deemed a waiver of any 14 opposition to the granting of the motion[.]”); Local Rule 183(b) (authorizing dismissal without 15 prejudice for failure to prosecute if a pro se party fails to keep the court and other parties 16 informed of his or her current address); Local Rule 110 (a party’s failure to comply with the 17 Local Rules “may be grounds for imposition of any and all sanctions authorized by statute or 18 Rule or within the inherent power of the Court”); Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) (authorizing dismissal of 19 an action due to plaintiff’s failure to prosecute or to comply with the local or federal rules); see 20 also ECF No. 34 at 4 (informing the parties in this case that “failure of any party to comply with . 21 . . the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or the Local Rules of Court, may result in the imposition 22 of sanctions including, but not limited to, dismissal of the action or entry of default. See Fed. R. 23 Civ. P. 41(b).”). 24 25 26 27 28 Fed. R. Evid. 201; see also City of Sausalito v. O’Neill, 386 F.3d 1186, 1224 n.2 (9th Cir. 2004) (“We may take judicial notice of a record of a state agency not subject to reasonable dispute.”). 2 When a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, “the period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(a)(1)(C). Because the deadline for plaintiff’s response to defendant Pomazal’s motion ended on Saturday, July 22, 2017, the period continued to run through Monday, July 24, 2017. The deadline for plaintiff’s response to defendant Miranda’s motion was also July 24, 2017, without additional time. 2 1 2 3 Pursuant to this authority, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that this action be dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b). These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge 4 assigned to this case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen (14) 5 days after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file written 6 objections with the court. The document should be captioned “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s 7 Findings and Recommendations.” Failure to file objections within the specified time may waive 8 the right to appeal the district court’s order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 9 DATED: August 24, 2017 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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