(PC) Gordon v. Welch et al, No. 1:2008cv00305 - Document 38 (E.D. Cal. 2010)

Court Description: FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS, signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 12/16/10: Recommending that this action be dismissed based on Plaintiff's failure to obey the Court's order of October 28, 2010, and failure to prosecute this action re 1 Complaint filed by Jarrod Gordon. Objections to F&R due by 1/21/2011. (Hellings, J)
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(PC) Gordon v. Welch et al Doc. 38 1 2 3 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 JARROD GORDON, 8 9 10 11 Plaintiff, vs. WELCH, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 1:08-cv-00305-LJO-GSA-PC FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO DISMISS CASE FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A COURT ORDER AND FAILURE TO PROSECUTE (Doc. 36.) OBJECTIONS, IF ANY, DUE IN THIRTY DAYS 12 13 On October 28, 2010, the Court issued an order requiring Plaintiff to file an opposition or 14 statement of non-opposition to the motion to dismiss filed by Defendants on September 17, 2010, within 15 thirty days (Doc. 36.) The thirty (30) day period has now expired, and Plaintiff has not filed an 16 opposition or non-opposition, or otherwise responded to the Court's order. 17 In determining whether to dismiss this action for failure to comply with the directives set forth 18 in its order, “the Court must weigh the following factors: (1) the public’s interest in expeditious 19 resolution of litigation; (2) the court’s need to manage its docket; (3) the risk of prejudice to 20 defendants/respondents; (4) the availability of less drastic alternatives; and (5) the public policy favoring 21 disposition of cases on their merits.” Pagtalunan v. Galaza, 291 F.3d 639, 642 (9th Cir. 2002) (citing 22 Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992)). 23 “‘The public’s interest in expeditious resolution of litigation always favors dismissal,’” id. 24 (quoting Yourish v. California Amplifier, 191 F.3d 983, 990 (9th Cir. 1999)), and here, the action has 25 been pending for two and a half years. Plaintiff's failure to respond to the Court's order may reflect 26 Plaintiff's disinterest in prosecuting this case. In such an instance, the Court cannot continue to expend 27 28 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 its scarce resources assisting a litigant who will not help himself by defending against a motion to 2 dismiss his lawsuit. Thus, both the first and second factors weigh in favor of dismissal. 3 Turning to the risk of prejudice, “pendency of a lawsuit is not sufficiently prejudicial in and of 4 itself to warrant dismissal.” Id. (citing Yourish at 991). However, “delay inherently increases the risk 5 that witnesses’ memories will fade and evidence will become stale,” id., and it is Plaintiff's failure to 6 respond to Defendants' motion to dismiss in the first instance and to respond to the Court's order in the 7 second instance that is causing delay. Therefore, the third factor weighs in favor of dismissal. 8 As for the availability of lesser sanctions, at this stage in the proceedings there is little available 9 to the Court which would constitute a satisfactory lesser sanction while protecting the Court from further 10 unnecessary expenditure of its scarce resources. Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis in this action, 11 making monetary sanctions of little use, and given the early stage of these proceedings, the preclusion 12 of evidence or witnesses is not available. However, inasmuch as the dismissal being considered in this 13 case is without prejudice, the Court is stopping short of issuing the harshest possible sanction of 14 dismissal with prejudice. 15 16 17 18 Finally, because public policy favors disposition on the merits, this factor will always weigh against dismissal. Id. at 643. Accordingly, the court HEREBY RECOMMENDS that this action be dismissed based on Plaintiff's failure to obey the Court’s order of October 28, 2010, and failure to prosecute this action. 19 These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge assigned 20 to the case, pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within thirty days after being 21 served with these findings and recommendations, plaintiff may file written objections with the court. 22 Such a document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and 23 Recommendations." Plaintiff is advised that failure to file objections within the specified time may 24 waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: December 16, 2010 /s/ Gary S. Austin 2 1 6i0kij UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3