UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 13, 2010
JOSHUA FERGERSON, PLAINTIFF,
P.L. VASQUEZ, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
ORDER DISMISSING THIS ACTION WITHOUT PREJUDICE FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH MULTIPLE COURT ORDERS (ECF Nos. 2, 4, 5)
Plaintiff Joshua Fergerson is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff, along with a number of other prisoners, initiated this lawsuit on December 7, 2009. (ECF No. 1.) On June 24, 2010, the Court severed the multiple plaintiffs' claims and opened a new case in which Fergerson was the sole plaintiff. (ECF No. 2.) The Court ordered Fergerson to submit an amended complaint bearing his new case number and asserting only his personal claims by July 27, 2010. (Id.) The Court also ordered Fergerson to submit a motion to proceed in forma pauperis or to pay the filing fee by July 27, 2010. (Id.) Additionally, the Court issued new case documents that required Fergerson to file a consent form by July 27, 2010. (ECF No. 3.)
On August 18, 2010, the Court issued a show cause order directing Fergerson to show cause why his case should not be dismissed for failure to obey a court order. (ECF No. 5.) The Court noted that Plaintiff had failed to file an amended complaint and had not requested to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the filing fee. (Id.) The Court ordered Plaintiff to respond to the show cause order by September 8, 2010. (Id.) The Court also reissued the consent form and ordered Plaintiff to return it by September 13, 2010. (ECF No. 4.)
Local Rule 11-110 provides that "failure of counsel or of a party to comply with these Local Rules or with any order of the Court may be grounds for the imposition by the Court of any and all sanctions... within the inherent power of the Court." District courts have the inherent power to control their dockets and "in the exercise of that power, they may impose sanctions including, where appropriate... dismissal of a case." Thompson v. Housing Auth., 782 F.2d 829, 831 (9th Cir. 1986). A court may dismiss an action based on a party's failure to prosecute an action, failure to obey a court order, or failure to comply with local rules. See, e.g. Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 53-54 (9th Cir. 1995) (dismissal for noncompliance with local rule); Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260-61 (9th Cir. 1992) (dismissal for failure to comply with an order requiring amendment of complaint); Carey v. King, 856 F.2d 1439, 1440-41 (9th Cir. 1988) (dismissal for failure to comply with local rule requiring pro se plaintiffs to keep court apprised of address); Malone v. U.S. Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987) (dismissal for failure to comply with court order); Henderson v. Duncan, 779 F.2d 1421, 1424 (9th Cir. 1986) (dismissal for failure to lack of prosecution and failure to comply with local rules).
To date, Plaintiff has failed to respond to the Court's show cause order. Plaintiff has still not filed an amended complaint, has not paid the filing fee or requested in forma pauperis status, and has not returned the Court's filing fee. Plaintiff having repeatedly ignored multiple orders of the Court, the Court is left with no choice but to dismiss this action. Accordingly, the above-captioned action is DISMISSED without prejudice based for failure to prosecute and failure to obey a court order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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