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Q1, LLC v. County of Sacramento

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 25, 2010

Q1, LLC AND WILLIE JEFFERSON, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

On February 23, 2010, the undersigned ordered plaintiff Willie Jefferson to show cause in writing on or before March 23, 2010, why this case should not be dismissed as to Mr. Jefferson for lack of prosecution.*fn1 (Dkt. No. 32 at 4.) That order also warned Mr. Jefferson that failure to timely file the required writing would result in a recommendation that this case be dismissed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b).

The docket reflects that Mr. Jefferson has not filed the required writing and thus failed to comply with the court's February 23, 2010 order. Additionally, the court's docket reflects that the court's attempted service of the order to show cause and other documents on Mr. Jefferson have been unsuccessful; the court's attempted mailings have been returned as undeliverable. The court granted Mr. Jefferson additional time in which to file a notice of change of address, which he was required to file under the court's local rules. Local Rule 182(f) ("Each appearing attorney and pro se party is under a continuing duty to notify the Clerk and all other parties of any change of address or telephone number of the attorney or the pro se party."). The docket reflects that Mr. Jefferson has not filed a notice of change of address and has taken no action in this case since February of 2009. Accordingly, the undersigned will recommend that this case be dismissed for failure to prosecute and failure to comply with the court's orders. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Local Rules 110, 183(a); see also Hells Canyon Preservation Council v. U.S. Forest Serv., 403 F.3d 683, 689 (9th Cir. 2005) (recognizing that courts may dismiss an action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) sua sponte for a plaintiff's failure to prosecute or comply with the rules of civil procedure or the court's orders); Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 53 (9th Cir. 1995) (per curiam) ("Failure to follow a district court's local rules is a proper ground for dismissal."); King v. Atiyeh, 814 F.2d 565, 567 (9th Cir. 1987) ("Pro se litigants must follow the same rules of procedure that govern other litigants.").

For the foregoing reasons, the undersigned HEREBY RECOMMENDS that:

1. This case be dismissed with prejudice; and

2. The Clerk of Court be directed to close this case and vacate any pending dates.

These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen days after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file written objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." Failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Turner v. Duncan, 158 F.3d 449, 455 (9th Cir. 1998); Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153, 1156-57 (9th Cir. 1991).


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