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Connolly v. I2A Technologies, Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. California

March 30, 2017

SANDRA L. CONNOLLY, Plaintiff,
v.
I2A TECHNOLOGIES, INC., et al., Defendants.

          ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE TO PRO SE DEFENDANT VICTOR BATINOVICH AS TO WHY HIS ANSWER SHOULD NOT BE STRICKEN

          DONNA M. RYU UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         Pro Se Defendant Victor Batinovich has repeatedly violated court orders, as well as failed to respond to court-ordered deadlines, and failed to attend court proceedings. The court now issues this Order to Show Cause as to why his Answer should not be stricken pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16(f) and 37(b)(2)(C). Batinovich must show cause in writing by April 10, 2017, otherwise the court will strike his Answer.

         I. RELEVANT FACTUAL BACKGROUND

         Steven P. Cohn represented Batinovich in this case. On January 13, 2017, Cohn filed a motion to withdraw, citing Batinovich's failure to pay legal fees. [Docket No. 34].

         On January 19, 2017, the court set the hearing on the motion to withdraw for February 23, 2017, and ordered Batinovich to personally appear at that hearing. [Docket No. 35]. The court instructed Cohn to serve the personal appearance order “on all last known mailing addresses and e-mail addresses for Mr. Batinovich, and to leave a voicemail message on Mr. Batinovich's most current phone number.” [Docket No. 35].

         Batinovich failed to appear at the hearing on February 23, 2017 as ordered. [Docket No. 40]. The court granted Cohn's motion to withdraw effective immediately, but ordered that Cohn “shall continue to receive all papers served in this action and all orders issued by the court and shall serve them on Mr. Batinovich with a proof of service that is filed for a period of 90 days, or until substitute counsel makes an appearance, whichever occurs sooner.” [Docket No. 40]. The court stated on the record that it would issue an order to show cause to Batinovich as to why he should not face sanctions for his failure to appear at the hearing. [Docket No. 40]. The court set a further case management conference for March 29, 2017. [Docket No. 40].

         On February 23, 2017, immediately following the hearing, the court issued two Orders to Show Cause to Batinovich:

1. Order to Show Cause for Failure to Appear at Hearing [Docket No. 37]: This order required Batinovich to respond by March 9, 2017 with a written statement explaining why the court should not impose monetary sanctions for his failure to appear at the February 23, 2017 hearing on the motion to withdraw; and
2. Order to Show Cause Re Service of Third-Party Complaint [Docket No. 39]: This order required Batinovich, as the third-party plaintiff, to show cause in writing by March 23, 2017 why his third-party complaint should not dismissed under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) for failure to serve the summons and third-party complaint on the third-party defendants.

         Cohn served these orders on Batinovich, as well as the court's February 23, 2017 minute order, on March 7, 2017 via U.S Mail, e-mail, and Federal Express. See Proof of Service [Docket No. 49]. Batinovich failed to respond to either of the February 23, 2017 Orders to Show Cause.[1]

         On March 2, 2017, the court issued another order to Batinovich. [Docket No. 41]. As Batinovich is now self-represented, this order required him to provide the court with current contact information in the form of a current mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address by March 13, 2017. Cohn served this order on Batinovich via U.S. Mail, e-mail, and Federal Express on March 2, 2017. See Proof of Service [Docket No. 47]. Batinovich failed to respond to the March 2, 2017 order.

         On March 29, 2017, Batinovich did not appear for the case management conference. As a self-represented defendant, Batinovich is required to attend all case management conferences. Batinovich was notified about the March 29, 2017 case management conference. See Proof of Service [Docket No. 49].

         II. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE:

         In light of Batinovich's repeated violations of court orders, failures to respond to court-ordered deadlines, and failures to attend court proceedings, the court issues this Order to Show Cause as to why Batinovich's Answer should not be stricken under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16(f) and 37(b)(2)(C) for failure to obey court orders. See, e.g., ...


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