(PC) Thomas v. Parks et al, No. 1:2016cv01393 - Document 50 (E.D. Cal. 2018)

Court Description: FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS recommending that this Action be DISMISSED Based on Plaintiff's Failure to Obey the Court's Order to Pay the $400.00 Filing Fee re 32 Amended Prisoner Civil Rights Complaint signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 12/17/2018. Referred to Judge O'Neill. Objections to F&R due within twenty-one (21) days. (Jessen, A)
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 EDWARD THOMAS, 12 13 14 15 Plaintiff, v. PARKS, et al., Case No. 1:16-cv-01393-JLT (PC) FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO DISMISS BASED ON PLAINTIFF’S FAILURE TO OBEY THE COURT’S ORDER AND TO PAY THE FILING FEE (Doc. 49) Defendants. 21-DAY DEADLINE 16 17 The Court revoked Plaintiff’s in forma pauperis status because he had “three strikes” 18 before he initiated this action and his allegations do not meet the imminent danger of serious 19 physical injury exception under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). (Docs. 40, 44.) The Court ordered Plaintiff 20 to pay the filing fee within 21 days, but he did not. Instead, Plaintiff appealed the order revoking 21 his in forma pauperis status. (Doc. 45.) A little over a month later, the Ninth Circuit dismissed 22 Plaintiff’s appeal finding it “so insubstantial as to not warrant further review.” (Doc. 48.) 23 Thereafter, the Court ordered Plaintiff to pay the filing fee. (Doc. 49.) He did not. 24 The Local Rules, corresponding with Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, provide, “[f]ailure of counsel, or 25 of a party to comply with . . . any order of the Court may be grounds for the imposition by the 26 Court of any and all sanctions . . . within the inherent power of the Court.” Local Rule 110. 27 “District courts have inherent power to control their dockets,” and in exercising that power, a 28 court may impose sanctions, including dismissal of an action. Thompson v. Housing Authority of 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Los Angeles, 782 F.2d 829, 831 (9th Cir. 1986). A court may dismiss an action based on a party’s failure to prosecute an action or failure to obey a court order, or failure to comply with local rules. See, e.g. Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for failure to comply with an order requiring amendment of complaint); Malone v. U.S. Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987) (dismissal for failure to comply with a court order); Henderson v. Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421, 1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for failure to prosecute and to comply with local rules). A civil action may not proceed absent the submission of either the filing fee or an approved application to proceed in forma pauperis. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914, 1915. Based on Plaintiff’s ineligibility to proceed in forma pauperis and his failure to comply with the Court’s order to pay the filing fee in full, dismissal is appropriate. In re Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Products Liability Litigation, 460 F.3d 1217, 1226 (9th Cir. 2006); Local Rule 110. Accordingly, the Court RECOMMENDS that this action be DISMISSED based on Plaintiff’s failure to obey the Court’s order to pay the $400.00 filing fee. These Findings and Recommendations will be submitted to the United States District 16 Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within 21 17 days after being served with these Findings and Recommendations, Plaintiff may file written 18 objections with the Court. The document should be captioned “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s 19 Findings and Recommendations.” Plaintiff is advised that failure to file objections within the 20 specified time may result in the waiver of rights on appeal. Wilkerson v. Wheeler, 772 F.3d 834, 21 839 (9th Cir. 2014) (citing Baxter v. Sullivan, 923 F.2d 1391, 1394 (9th Cir. 1991)). 22 23 24 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: December 17, 2018 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 26 27 28 2