Fast Horse v. State of Nevada et al
ORDER that this action is DISMISSED without prejudice based on Fast Horse's failure to file an application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the full filing fee in compliance with the court's August 24, 2017, order. The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment accordingly. Signed by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey on 10/4/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Lavern C. Fast Horse,
Order Dismissing Case
State of Nevada, et al.,
Pro se plaintiff Lavern C. Fast Horse brings this prisoner-civil-rights action under 42
U.S.C. § 1983.1 On August 24, 2017, Magistrate Judge Leen ordered Fast Horse to file a
completed application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the full filing fee of $400 by
September 22, 2017.2 The deadline has now expired, and Fast Horse has not filed an application
to proceed in forma pauperis, paid the full filing fee, or otherwise responded.
District courts have the inherent power to control their dockets and “[i]n the exercise of
that power, they may impose sanctions including, where appropriate . . . dismissal” of a case.3 A
court may dismiss an action, with prejudice, based on a party’s failure to prosecute an action,
failure to obey a court order, or failure to comply with local rules.4 In determining whether to
ECF No. 1-1.
ECF No. 3 at 2.
Thompson v. Hous. Auth. of City of Los Angeles, 782 F.2d 829, 831 (9th Cir. 1986).
See Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 53–54 (9th Cir. 1995) (dismissal for noncompliance with
local rule); Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260–61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for failure to
comply with an order requiring amendment of complaint); Carey v. King, 856 F.2d 1439,
1440–41 (9th Cir. 1988) (dismissal for failure to comply with local rule requiring pro se
plaintiffs to keep court apprised of address); Malone v. U.S. Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130
(9th Cir. 1987) (dismissal for failure to comply with court order); Henderson v. Duncan, 779
F.2d 1421, 1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for lack of prosecution and failure to comply with
dismiss an action for lack of prosecution, failure to obey a court order, or failure to comply with
local rules, the court must consider several factors: (1) the public’s interest in expeditious
resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its docket; (3) the risk of prejudice to the
defendants; (4) the public policy favoring disposition of cases on their merits; and (5) the
availability of less drastic alternatives.5
The first two factors weigh in favor of dismissal. The third factor also weighs in favor of
dismissal because a presumption of injury arises from the occurrence of unreasonable delay in
filing a pleading ordered by the court or prosecuting an action.6 A court’s warning to a party that
his failure to obey the court’s order will result in dismissal satisfies the “consideration of
alternatives” (fifth factor) requirement.7 The magistrate judge warned Fast Horse that his “failure
to comply with [the August 24, 2017, order] by: (a) submitting an Application to Proceed In
Forma Pauperis, or (b) paying the filing fee, before the deadline will result in a recommendation
to the district judge that this case be dismissed.”8 Fast Horse thus had adequate warning that
dismissal would result from his noncompliance with the court’s order. The fourth factor is
greatly outweighed by the other factors, which overwhelmingly favor dismissal.
Accordingly. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED without
prejudice based on Fast Horse’s failure to file an application to proceed in forma pauperis or
pay the full filing fee in compliance with the court’s August 24, 2017, order.
The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment accordingly.
DATED: October 4, 2017.
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Jennifer A. Dorsey
ennifer A. Dorsey
United States District Judge
nited States District Jud
Thompson, 782 F.2d at 831; Henderson, 779 F.2d at 1423–24; Malone, 833 F.2d at 130; Ferdik,
963 F.2d at 1260–61; Ghazali, 46 F.3d at 53.
See Anderson v. Air West, 542 F.2d 522, 524 (9th Cir. 1976).
Ferdik, 963 F.2d at 1262; Malone, 833 F.2d at 132–33; Henderson, 779 F.2d at 1424.
ECF No. 3 at 2.
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