(PC) Jones v. Placer County Sheriff's Office et al

Filing 33

ORDER to SHOW CAUSE signed by Magistrate Judge Jeremy D. Peterson on 2/17/2021 ORDERING Plaintiff to show cause within 21 days of the date of entry of this order why the court should not dismiss this case for failure to prosecute and failure to comply with court orders and ORDERING should Plaintiff wish to continue with this lawsuit, he shall also file, within 21 days, a Fifth Amended Complaint. (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 LLOYD DYLAN JONES, 12 13 14 15 16 Plaintiff, v. PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, et al., Case No. 2:19-cv-00342-MCE-JDP (PC) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THIS CASE SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE AND FAILURE COMPLY WITH COURT ORDERS RESPONSE DUE WITHIN TWENTY-ONE DAYS Defendants. 17 18 On September 28, 2020, the court informed plaintiff that he could proceed on the fourth 19 amended complaint’s viable Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment claims against defendants 20 Gualco and Tredinnick and Eighth Amendment claim against defendant County of Placer. ECF 21 No. 28. All other claims were dismissed with leave to amend. Id. at 6-7. Plaintiff was ordered to 22 file, within thirty days, a notice of election advising the court whether he elects to proceed with 23 the viable claims or file an amended complaint. Id. at 7-8. Plaintiff failed to comply with that 24 order. Accordingly, on December 4, 2020, plaintiff was ordered to show cause why this action 25 should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute and for failure to comply with court orders. 26 In response, plaintiff filed a motion to amend the complaint. ECF No. 31. That motion 27 was granted, the December 4, 2020 order to show cause was discharged, and plaintiff was ordered 28 to file a fifth amended complaint by January 18, 2021. ECF No. 32. That deadline has passed, 1 1 and plaintiff has not filed a fifth amended complaint. 2 To manage its docket effectively, the court imposes deadlines and requires litigants to 3 meet those deadlines. When a plaintiff fails to comply with court-imposed deadlines, the court 4 may dismiss the plaintiff’s case for failure to prosecute. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41; Hells Canyon 5 Pres. Council v. U.S. Forest Serv., 403 F.3d 683, 689 (9th Cir. 2005) (“[T]he consensus among 6 our sister circuits, with which we agree, is that courts may dismiss under Rule 41(b) sua sponte, 7 at least under certain circumstances.”). Involuntary dismissal is a harsh penalty, but the court 8 has a duty to administer justice expeditiously and avoid needless burden for the parties. See 9 Pagtalunan v. Galaza, 291 F.3d 639, 642 (9th Cir. 2002); Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. 10 Plaintiff will be given an opportunity to explain why the court should not dismiss his case 11 for failure prosecute and failure to comply with the court’s order requiring him to file a fifth 12 amended complaint. Plaintiff’s failure to respond to this order will constitute another failure to 13 comply with a court order and will result in a recommendation that this action be dismissed. 14 Accordingly, plaintiff must show cause within twenty-one days of the date of entry of this order 15 why the court should not dismiss his case for failure to prosecute and failure comply with court 16 orders. Should plaintiff wish to continue with this lawsuit, he shall also file, within twenty-one 17 days, a fifth amended complaint. 18 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. 20 Dated: 21 22 February 17, 2021 JEREMY D. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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