Plaintiff is proceeding pro se in this action, which was referred to the undersigned pursuant to E. D. Cal. L. R. ("Local Rule") 72-302(c)(21), and 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). On December 29, 2008, defendant filed a Motion to Quash or Dismiss for Insufficient Process and Service, and noticed the matter for hearing before this court on February 11, 2009.
Local Rule 78-230(c) provides that opposition to the granting of a motion, or a statement of non-opposition thereto, must be personally served upon the moving party, and filed with this court, no later than fourteen days preceding the noticed hearing date,*fn1 or, in this case, by January 25, 2009. Local Rule 78-230(c) further provides that "[n]o party will be entitled to be heard in opposition to a motion at oral arguments if opposition to the motion has not been timely filed by that party." To date, plaintiff has filed neither an opposition or statement of non-opposition to defendant's motion.
Pro se litigants are bound by the rules of procedure, even though pleadings are liberally construed in their favor. King v. Atiyeh, 814 F.2d 565, 567 (9th Cir. 1987). Local Rule 83-183, governing persons appearing in propria persona, provides that failure to comply with the Federal or Local Rules may be ground for dismissal, judgment by default, or other appropriate sanction. Accord, Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 53 (9th Cir. 1995) ("Failure to follow a district court's local rules is a proper ground for dismissal"). See also, Local Rule 11-110 (failure to comply with Local Rules "may be grounds for imposition by the Court of any and all sanctions authorized by statute or Rule or within the inherent power of the Court"); and Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) (authorizing dismissal "[i]f the plaintiff fails to prosecute or to comply with these rules or a court order . . . ").
Accordingly, good cause appearing, it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The hearing scheduled for February 11, 2009, is CONTINUED to March 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in Courtroom No. 25.
2. Plaintiff shall show cause, in writing, no later than February 18, 2009, why sanctions should not be imposed for failure timely to file an opposition or a statement of non-opposition to the pending motion.
3. Plaintiff shall also file an opposition or statement of non-opposition to the motions no later than February 18, 2009.
4. Failure to comply with this order shall be construed as abandonment of this case, and shall result in a recommendation that this action be dismissed.