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Corey v. Snohomish County Corrections

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

January 15, 2015

DANIEL J. COREY, Plaintiff,
v.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY CORRECTIONS, Defendant.

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

JOHN C. COUGHENOUR, District Judge.

This matter comes before the Court on U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian A. Tsuchida's Report and Recommendation, (Dkt. No. 7), to which Plaintiff has raised no objection. The Court adopts Judge Tsuchida's recommendations and DISMISSES Plaintiff's action without prejudice for the following reasons.

I. BACKGROUND

On August 9, 2014, Snohomish inmate Mr. Corey filed a Complaint with the Court alleging violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Dkt. No. 1 at 1.) The Clerk of Court filed the case and informed Mr. Corey by mail that he had failed to meet the filing fee requirement by either paying $400.00 or submitting an in forma pauperis application. (Dkt. No. 3 at 1.) The Clerk also asked Mr. Corey to provide a certified copy of his prison trust account statement showing transactions for the last six months. (Dkt. No. 3 at 1.) Mr. Corey was warned that failure to correct these deficiencies before September 18, 2014 could lead to dismissal of his case. (Dkt. No. 3 at 1.) That deadline came and went without corrective action from Mr. Corey.

On September 22, 2014 the Court issued an Order to Show Cause, requiring compliance with the Clerk's requests before October 3, 2014. (Dkt. No. 5 at 1.) That Order was mailed to Mr. Corey's last known address at the Snohomish County Jail and returned to the Court marked "return to sender" and "released." (Dkt. No. 7 at 2.)

More than sixty days later, on December 1, 2014, Magistrate Judge Brian A. Tsuchida issued a Report and Recommendation recommending dismissal of Mr. Corey's Complaint without prejudice for failing to advise the Court of his current address. (Dkt. No. 7.) Mr. Corey neither filed any objection to the Report and Recommendation nor updated his address.

II. DISCUSSION

A. Failure to Meet Filing Fee Requirement

Prisoners filing Section 1983 complaints in the Western District must generally pay a $400.00 filing fee. W.D. WASH., PRISON LITIGATION MANUAL 11 (2012). However, Local Rule 3(b)(1) allows that fee to be waived if a prisoner "[c]omplete[s] the in forma pauperis application approved for use in this district for the specific type of case." W.D. Wash. Local CR 3(b)(1). See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2) (1996) (Specifying application to "prisoner[s]"). Federal law further requires the submission of a certified copy of the prisoner's trust fund account statement for the last six months. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2) (1996).

B. Failure to Keep Court Advised of Current Mailing Address

Local Rule 41(b)(2) requires a "party proceeding pro se [to] keep the court and opposing parties advised as to his or her current mailing address." W.D. Wash. Local CR 41(b)(2). A court may dismiss an action without prejudice for failure to prosecute when "mail directed to a pro se plaintiff by the clerk is returned by the Postal Service... and if such plaintiff fails to notify the court and opposing parties within 60 days thereafter of his or her current mailing... address." Id.

C. Plaintiff's Action Warrants Dismissal for the Above Reasons

Because Mr. Corey failed to advise the Court of his current address for more than sixty days, the Court may dismiss his action without prejudice for failure to prosecute pursuant to Local Rule 41(b)(2). In exercising this discretion, the Court further notes Mr. Corey's failure to meet his filing fee requirements under Local Rule 3(b). The Court thus dismisses this action without prejudice.

III. ADOPTION OF THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

The Court, having considered the record and the Report and Recommendation of the Honorable Brian A. Tsuchida, hereby ORDERS:

(1) The Report and Recommendation is adopted;
(2) The matter is dismissed without prejudice; and
(3) The Clerk shall mail a copy of this order to Plaintiff.

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