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Robert Louis Watkins v. Jamie Pope

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


October 7, 2011

ROBERT LOUIS WATKINS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JAMIE POPE, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff is proceeding pro se with a civil rights complaint against the California Public Employees Retirement System and an individual named Jamie Pope. On August 8, 2011, the court served upon plaintiff an order dismissing his amended complaint and granting plaintiff thirty days to file a further amended complaint. (Doc. No. 13.) On September 19, 2011, the undersigned issued findings and recommendations recommending that this action be dismissed without prejudice due to plaintiff's failure to respond to the court's August 8, 2011 order. (Doc. No. 14.)

On September 26, 2011, plaintiff filed with the court a document styled "MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM DEFAULT; and OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS; MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION; DECLARATION OF PLAINTIFF; EXHIBITS." (Doc. No. 15.) Therein, plaintiff declares under penalty of perjury that he departed for a religious seminar and retreat on August 19, 2011, and that his father passed away on September 19, 2011.*fn1 (Doc. No. 15 at 6.) Plaintiff states that as a result of these events he "did not receive actual notice of the judgment, and therefore [was] unable to comply in a timely fashion."*fn2 (Doc. No. 15 at 6.)

Good cause appearing, the undersigned will vacate the September 19, 2011 findings and recommendations and will grant plaintiff twenty-one days to file a second amended complaint. Plaintiff is cautioned however that this is the second time that the court has had to vacate findings and recommendations to specially accommodate plaintiff.*fn3 Plaintiff cannot continue to rely on such accommodations in pursuing this action. In this regard, plaintiff is again advised that his failure to comply with the court's rules or with any order of the court 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. See Local Rule 110.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. The findings and recommendations filed September 19, 2011 (Doc. No. 14) are vacated;

2. Within twenty-one (21) days from the date of this order, an amended complaint shall be filed that cures the defects noted in the court's August 8, 2011 order and complies with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice. The amended complaint must bear the case number assigned to this action and must be titled "Second Amended Complaint"; and

3. Failure to respond to this order in a timely manner may result in a recommendation that this action be dismissed.


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