UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 23, 2012
TRANSAMERICA LIFE INSURANCE
GARY SHUBIN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DISCHARGING ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE (Docket No. 42)
On August 6, 2012, the Court issued an order adopting the findings and recommendations of the Magistrate Judge that Plaintiff Transamerica Life Insurance Company's ("Plaintiff") motion for discharge and award of attorney's fees be granted, and further ordered Plaintiff to provide the Court with an accounting of the deferred life insurance annuity payable on behalf of Annuitant/Owner Jeri Wood-Shubin ("Annuity") and with the mailing addresses for Defendants Gary Shubin and James Shubin. Plaintiff failed to provide the requested information in the time required by the Court's Order, and on August 30, 2012, the Court issued an Order to Show Cause requiring Plaintiff, within seven (7) days of the date of that Order, to either file the required information or show cause as to why the information was not timely filed. (Doc. 42.)
On September 13, 2012, Plaintiff filed a "Response to Order to Show Cause or File Requested Information" and the Declaration of Tracy Martin, a Director of Post Operations employed by Plaintiff. (Docs. 44, 45.) Plaintiff's response included the mailing addresses for Gary Shubin and James Shubin, and the Martin Declaration provides an accounting of the distribution of the Annuity.*fn1
Plaintiff's response, filed on September 13, 2012, was not filed within the time period set forth in the Court's August 30, 2012, Order to Show Cause, which required a response within seven
(7) days. However, as Plaintiff has finally provided the Court with the requested information, the Court will DISCHARGE the Order to Show Cause.
Plaintiff's counsel, however, is reminded that the Local Rules of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, Rule 110, provides that the "[f]ailure of counsel or of a party to comply with these 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." The Court is aware that in meeting deadlines, events sometimes conspire against even the most conscientious, experienced, and diligent practitioners. Nevertheless, chronic and habitual late filings cause the Court to expend an inordinate amount of judicial resources. This extends beyond mere inconvenience and impacts other litigants and cases that are kept on hold.
Plaintiff's counsel failed to comply with the August 6, 2012, Court Order requiring that Plaintiff provide an accounting of the Annuity and the mailing addresses of Defendants Gary Shubin and James Shubin, and then failed to timely comply with the Court's August 30, 2012, Order to Show Cause. (See Docs. 39, 42.) Plaintiff's counsel is cautioned that such conduct will no longer be tolerated and may subject counsel to sanctions pursuant to Local Rule 110.
Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Court's August 30, 2012, Order to Show Cause (Doc. 42) is DISCHARGED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.