Aguilar v. Social Security Administration
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE by Chief Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen. Show Cause Response due by 8/14/2017. (am)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
CIV 17-0003 KBM
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
THIS MATTER is before the Court sua sponte. This Court entered its Order Setting
Briefing Schedule on March 24, 2017. Doc. 14. Pursuant to that Order, Plaintiff was to file
her Motion to Reverse or Remand on or before May 23, 2017. Id. The Order further
provided “[a]ll requests for extensions of time altering the deadlines set in this Order shall
be made through a motion to the Court.” Id. However, to date, Plaintiff has neither filed a
Motion, nor moved this Court for an extension of time in which to do so.
The Court has the inherent power to impose a variety of sanctions on litigants in
order to, among other things, regulate its docket and promote judicial efficiency.” Id.
(citing Martinez v. Internal Revenue Service, 744 F.2d 71, 73 (10th Cir. 1984)). One such
sanction within the Court’s discretion is to dismiss an action for want of prosecution. Id.
(citing Nat’l Hockey League v. Metro. Hockey Club, Inc., 427 U.S. 639, 642-43 (1976);
Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 629-30 (1962)). In addition to this Court’s
inherent powers, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure contemplate involuntary dismissal
in the event of a plaintiff’s failure to prosecute. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Fed. R. Civ. P. 1
(requiring the Court and the parties to employ the rules to “secure the just, speedy, and
inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding”) (emphasis added)).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff must either file her Motion to Remand,
or show cause in a written document to be filed with the Court no later than Monday,
August 14, 2017, why this case should not be dismissed. Plaintiff is hereby notified that
failure to respond to this Order may result in dismissal of this action without further notice.
UNITED STATES CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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