Hart v. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department et al
ORDER Adopting 26 Report and Recommendation and Dismissing Action without prejudice. The Clerk of Court is directed to ENTER JUDGMENT ACCORDINGLY and CLOSE THIS CASE. Signed by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey on 9/8/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MR)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Case No.: 2:21-cv-0340-JAD-NJK
4 Samuel Hart,
8 Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,
Order Adopting Report & Recommendation
and Dismissing Action
[ECF No. 26]
When Plaintiff Samuel Hart’s mail from this court started getting returned to sender, the
12 court ordered him to file a notice of change of address by August 4, 2021, or risk having his case
13 dismissed. 1 Plaintiff did not update his address, so on August 13, 2021, the magistrate judge
14 issued a report and recommendation to dismiss this case without prejudice. 2 The deadline for the
15 plaintiff to object to that recommendation was August 27, 2021, and the plaintiff neither filed
16 objections nor moved to extend the deadline to do so. “[N]o review is required of a magistrate
17 judge’s report and recommendation unless objections are filed.” 3 Having reviewed the R&R, I
18 find good cause to adopt it, and I do.
A court may dismiss an action based on a party’s failure to prosecute his case or obey a
20 court order. 4 In determining whether to dismiss an action on one of these grounds, the court
21 must consider: (1) the public’s interest in expeditious resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need
ECF No. 25.
ECF No. 26.
United States v. Reyna-Tapia, 328 F.3d 1114, 1121 (9th Cir. 2003).
See Carey v. King, 856 F.2d 1439, 1440–41 (9th Cir. 1988) (dismissal for failure to comply
28 with local rule requiring pro se plaintiffs to keep court apprised of address).
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1 to manage its docket; (3) the risk of prejudice to the defendants; (4) the public policy favoring
2 disposition of cases on their merits; and (5) the availability of less drastic alternatives. 5
The first two factors, the public’s interest in expeditiously resolving this litigation and the
4 court’s interest in managing its docket, weigh in favor of dismissal. The third factor, risk of
5 prejudice to defendants, also weighs in favor of dismissal because a presumption of injury arises
6 from the occurrence of unreasonable delay in filing a pleading ordered by the court or
7 prosecuting an action. 6 The court has also evaluated less drastic alternatives by issuing a
8 warning to the plaintiff that his failure to update his address would result in dismissal, 7 and the
9 Ninth Circuit recognizes that such a warning satisfies the fifth factor’s “consideration of
10 alternatives” requirement. 8 The fourth factor—the public policy favoring disposition of cases on
11 their merits—is greatly outweighed by the factors favoring dismissal.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the magistrate judge’s report and
13 recommendation [ECF No. 26] is ADOPTED in full;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT this case is dismissed. The Clerk of Court is
15 directed to ENTER JUDGMENT ACCORDINGLY and CLOSE THIS CASE.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey
Dated: September 8, 2021
Pagtalunan v. Galaza, 291 F.3d 639, 642 (9th Cir. 2002).
See Anderson v. Air West, 542 F.2d 522, 524 (9th Cir. 1976).
ECF No. 25.
In re Phenylpropanolamine Prod. Liab. Litig., 460 F.3d 1217, 1237 (9th Cir. 2006).
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