(PS) Stewart v. Property and Casualty Ins. Co. of Hartford, No. 2:2017cv02418 - Document 79 (E.D. Cal. 2020)

Court Description: ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 10/16/2020 ORDERING that Plaintiff shall cease contacting the court to submit any documents regarding her case. The motions are now under submission, and the parties will be contacted if any more information is required. The parties will be informed of the court's findings and recommendations after reviewing all information currently received. Failure to follow this order will result in sanctions, which may include monetary sanctions including possibly dismissal of plaintiff's case. (Kastilahn, A)
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 COLLEEN STEWART, 12 13 14 15 16 Plaintiff, No. 2:17–cv–2418–TLN–KJN PS ORDER v. PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE CO. OF HARTFORD, Defendant. 17 On June 19, 2020, defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. (ECF Nos. 61.) 18 Plaintiff failed to respond or submit her own motion by the deadline, and so the court vacated the 19 hearing. See Local Rule 230 (“Opposition, if any, to the granting of the motion shall be in 20 writing and shall be filed and served not less than fourteen (14) days preceding the [] hearing date 21 . . . No party will be entitled to be heard in opposition to a motion at oral arguments if opposition 22 to the motion has not been timely filed by that party.”) (citing L.R. 135). Rather than construe 23 plaintiff’s failure to respond as non-opposition, the court set an additional deadline for plaintiff to 24 respond. (See L.R. 230(c) (“A failure to file a timely opposition may also be construed by the 25 Court as a non-opposition to the motion.”) Plaintiff then requested an extension of time to submit 26 her motion, and the court granted an additional month. (ECF No. 64.) After plaintiff’s 27 submission and defendant’s reply, the court ordered the matter taken under submission without a 28 hearing. (Id.); see also L.R. 230(c), (g). 1 Pursuant to that order, the court received plaintiff’s opposition (ECF No. 69), defendant’s 1 2 reply (ECF No. 71), plaintiff’s declaration (ECF No. 72), defendant’s objections (ECF No. 73), 3 plaintiff’s statement (ECF No. 76), defendant’s objections to this statement (ECF No. 77), and 4 plaintiff’s objections (ECF No. 78). The deadline for submission of documents has now passed, 5 and the case is under submission. Despite this fact, plaintiff has contacted the courtroom deputy 6 for this chambers on multiple occasions by email. In these emails, plaintiff appears to be 7 attempting to submit additional documents concerning her case. The courtroom deputy has 8 informed plaintiff on multiple occasions that she cannot communicate with the court via email, 9 but she has persisted in doing so. 10 Plaintiff shall cease contacting the court to submit any documents regarding her case. The 11 motions are now under submission, and the parties will be contacted if any more information is 12 required. The parties will be informed of the court’s findings and recommendations after 13 reviewing all information currently received. Failure to follow this order will result in sanctions, 14 which may include monetary sanctions including possibly dismissal of plaintiff’s case. See Local 15 Rule 110 (“Failure [] of a party to comply with these Rules or with any order of the Court may be 16 grounds for imposition by the Court of any and all sanctions authorized by statute or Rule or 17 within the inherent power of the Court.”); L.R. 183(a) (“Any individual representing [] herself 18 without an attorney is bound by the Federal Rules of Civil or Criminal Procedure, these Rules, 19 and all other applicable law. All obligations placed on “counsel” by these Rules apply to 20 individuals appearing in propria persona. Failure to comply therewith may be ground for 21 dismissal, judgment by default, or any other sanction appropriate under these Rules.”); see also 22 King v. Atiyeh, 814 F.2d 565, 567 (9th Cir. 1987) (“Pro se litigants must follow the same rules of 23 procedure that govern other litigants”) (overruled on other grounds). 24 Dated: October 16, 2020 25 26 stew.2418 27 28 2