(PC) Hendon v. Baroya et al, No. 1:2005cv01247 - Document 55 (E.D. Cal. 2010)

Court Description: FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS recommending that Defendant Hamilton be DISMISSED from this action, without prejudice re 18 Amended Complaint filed by Carlos Hendon; referred to Judge Ishii, signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 10/19/2010. Objections to F&R due by 11/22/2010 (Martin, S)
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(PC) Hendon v. Baroya et al Doc. 55 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 CARLOS HENDON,, 12 Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 BAROYA, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 1:05-cv-01247-AWI-GSA-PC FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, RECOMMENDING DISMISSAL OF DEFENDANT HAMILTON, BASED ON PLAINTIFF’S FAILURE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION SUFFICIENT TO EFFECT SERVICE OBJECTIONS, IF ANY, DUE IN 30 DAYS 17 18 19 I. FINDINGS Carlos Hendon (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this 20 civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff filed the complaint commencing this 21 action on September 30, 2005. (Doc. 1.) This action now proceeds on Plaintiff's Second Amended 22 Complaint filed on June 26, 2008, against defendants Baroya, Pham, Hamilton, Nguyet, Hoppe, 23 Griffin, and Reidman for subjecting him to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth 24 Amendment. (Doc. 18.) 25 On September 19, 2010, the Court issued an order for Plaintiff to show cause, within thirty 26 days, why defendant Hamilton should not be dismissed from this action based on Plaintiff’s failure 27 to provide information sufficient to effect service. (Doc. 50.) The thirty day time period has now 28 expired, and Plaintiff has not responded to the order to show cause. Plaintiff was forewarned in the 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 order to show cause that if he did not respond, defendant Hamilton would be dismissed from this 2 action, without prejudice. 3 Defendant Hamilton 4 On June 25, 2009, the Marshal filed a return of service unexecuted as to defendant Hamilton. 5 (Doc. 29.) 6 Pursuant to Rule 4(m), 7 [i]f service of the summons and complaint is not made upon a defendant within 120 days after the filing of the complaint, the court, upon motion or on its own initiative after notice to the plaintiff, shall dismiss the action without prejudice as to that defendant or direct that service be effected within a specified time; provided that if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure, the court shall extend the time for service for an appropriate period. 8 9 10 Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). 11 In cases involving a plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis, the Marshal, upon order of the 12 Court, shall serve the summons and the complaint. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(2). “‘[A]n incarcerated 13 prose plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis is entitled to rely on the U.S. Marshal for service of the 14 summons and complaint and ... should not be penalized by having his action dismissed for failure to 15 effect service where the U.S. Marshal or the court clerk has failed to perform his duties.’” Walker v. 16 Sumner, 14 F.3d 1415, 1422 (9th Cir. 1994) (quoting Puett v. Blandford, 912 F.2d 270, 275 (9th Cir. 17 1990)), abrogated on other grounds by Sandin v. Connor, 515 U.S. 472 (1995). “So long as the 18 prisoner has furnished the information necessary to identify the defendant, the marshal’s failure to 19 effect service is ‘automatically good cause . . . .’” Walker, 14 F.3d at 1422 (quoting Sellers v. 20 United States, 902 F.2d 598, 603 (7th Cir.1990)). However, where a pro se plaintiff fails to provide 21 the Marshal with accurate and sufficient information to effect service of the summons and complaint, 22 the Court’s sua sponte dismissal of the unserved defendants is appropriate. Walker, 14 F.3d at 142123 22. 24 In this instance, Plaintiff has not provided sufficient information to identify defendant 25 Hamilton and locate the defendant for service of process. (Doc. 29.) Pursuant to Rule 4(m), the 26 Court has provided Plaintiff with the opportunity to show cause why defendant Hamilton should not 27 be dismissed from the action at this time. However, Plaintiff has not timely responded to the Court’s 28 order to show cause. 2 1 II. 2 3 RECOMMENDATIONS Based on the foregoing, the court HEREBY RECOMMENDS that defendant Hamilton be dismissed from this action, without prejudice. 4 These Findings and Recommendations are submitted to the Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, 5 United States District Court Judge, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636 (b)(1)(B) and Rule 6 72-304 of the Local Rules of Practice for the United States District Court, Eastern District of 7 California. Within thirty (30) days after being served with a copy, Plaintiff may file written 8 objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned 9 “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” The Court will then review the 10 Magistrate Judge’s ruling pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636 (b)(1)(C). Plaintiff is advised that failure to 11 file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court’s order. 12 Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 13 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. 15 Dated: 6i0kij October 19, 2010 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3