-GGH (PS) Kolodrivskiy v. Wachovia Bank, Mortgage, FSB et al, No. 2:2011cv00371 - Document 14 (E.D. Cal. 2011)

Court Description: FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows on 5/5/2011 RECOMMENDING that Wachovia Bank Mortgage be dismissed with prejudice. Referred to Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr.. Objections to F&R due within 14 days. (Zignago, K.)
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-GGH (PS) Kolodrivskiy v. Wachovia Bank, Mortgage, FSB et al Doc. 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 VALENTINA KOLODRIVSKIY, 10 Plaintiff, 11 12 CIV. NO. S-11-0371 GEB GGH PS vs. WACHOVIA BANK, MORTGAGE, et al., 13 FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS 14 Defendants. 15 / 16 This action was referred to the undersigned pursuant to Local Rule 72-302(c)(21). 17 This action was removed from state court on February 9, 2011. In the order requiring joint status 18 report, filed February 10, 2011, plaintiff was advised of the requirement to obey federal and local 19 rules, as well as orders of this court, and the possibility of dismissal for failure to do so. 20 Defendant, Wachovia Bank Mortgage, filed an amended motion to dismiss on February 22, 2011, 21 to which plaintiff did not respond. By order filed March 31, 2011, the hearing on the motion was 22 vacated due to plaintiff’s failure to file an opposition. At that time, plaintiff was ordered to show 23 cause for her failure to file an opposition. Plaintiff was warned that failure to file an opposition 24 or statement of non-opposition would result in a recommendation of dismissal. Plaintiff did not 25 respond to the order to show cause and did not file an opposition to the motion. 26 \\\\ 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 Although the court liberally construes the pleadings of pro se litigants, they are 2 required to adhere to the rules of court. As set forth in the district court’s order requiring status 3 report, failure to obey local rules may not only result in dismissal of the action, but “no party will 4 be entitled to be heard in opposition to a motion at oral arguments if opposition has not been 5 timely filed by that party.” E. D. Cal. L. R. 230(c). More broadly, failure to comply with the 6 Local Rules or “any order of the court may be grounds for imposition . . . of any and all sanctions 7 authorized by statute or Rule or within the inherent power of the Court.” E. D. Cal. L. R. 110; 8 see also E. D. Cal. L. R. 183 (requiring compliance with the Local and Federal Rules by pro se 9 litigants). 10 “Failure to follow a district court’s local rules is a proper ground for dismissal.” 11 Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 53 (9th Cir. 1995). The court should consider: (1) the public’s 12 interest in expeditious resolution of litigation, (2) the court’s need to manage its docket, (3) the 13 risk of prejudice to the defendants, (4) the public policy favoring disposition of cases on their 14 merits, and (5) the availability of less drastic sanctions. Similar considerations authorize 15 dismissal of an action for failure to prosecute pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b). Link v. Wabash 16 R.R., 370 U.S. 626, 633 (1962); McKeever v. Block, 932 F.2d 795, 797 (9th Cir. 1991). 17 Moreover, failure to obey court orders is a separate and distinct ground for imposing the sanction 18 of dismissal. See Malone v. United States Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987) 19 (setting forth same factors for consideration as Ghazali). 20 The court has considered the factors set forth in Ghazali. “[T]he key factors are 21 prejudice and availability of lesser sanctions.” Wanderer v. Johnston, 910 F.2d 652, 656 (9th 22 Cir.1990). Defendants are clearly prejudiced by the requirement of defending an abandoned 23 case, and this court is put in the untenable position of expending limited judicial resources to 24 decide such a case on the merits. The public’s interest in expeditious resolution of litigation, the 25 court’s need to manage its docket, and the unsuitability of a less drastic sanction, direct that 26 defendant Wachovia Bank Mortgage be dismissed. In sum, the court now has had much 2 1 experience resolving pro se cases brought for the purpose of delaying the inevitable foreclosure 2 of one’s home, with the same result on the merits, that the law does not provide a remedy for this 3 unfortunate situation. 4 5 6 Accordingly, IT IS RECOMMENDED that Wachovia Bank Mortgage be dismissed with prejudice pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District 7 Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within 8 fourteen (14) days after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may 9 file written objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be 10 captioned “Objections to Magistrate Judge”s Findings and Recommendations.” Any reply to the 11 objections shall be served and filed within fourteen (14) days after service of the objections. The 12 parties are advised that failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to 13 appeal the District Court’s order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 14 DATED: 05/05/2011 /s/ Gregory G. Hollows ___________________________ GREGORY G. HOLLOWS U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE 15 16 17 GGH:076/Kolodrivskiy0371.41.wpd 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 3