Wanner v. LIFE Tech Transition Facility (MAG+)
ORDER ADOPTING 25 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION. This action is DISMISSED without prejudice for failure to prosecute & obey the Court's order. Any remaining motions are DENIED as MOOT. Signed by District Judge Terry F. Moorer on 10/5/18. (copy mailed to Plf on 10/5/18) (tot)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
BRIAN KEITH WANNER,
LIFE TECH TRANSITION FACILITY,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 17-0526-TM-N
On August 9, 2018, the magistrate judge entered a report and recommendation which
recommends this action be dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute and failure to
comply with the court’s orders. See Doc. 25. No objections were filed to the recommendation.
On May 24, 2018, the magistrate judge ordered Plaintiff to file a second amended
complaint. See Doc. 21. On July 2, 2018, the magistrate judge extended the deadline. See Doc.
24. The magistrate judge further warned plaintiff that “failure to comply with this order within
the prescribed time will result in a recommendation of dismissal of this action for failure to
prosecute and to obey the Court’s order.” Id. Plaintiff failed to respond. As a result the magistrate
judge entered this report and recommendation for dismissal.
28 U.S.C. § 1654 permits a person to “plead and conduct their own cases personally or by
counsel.” Even so, pro se litigants are required to conform to the procedural rules. See McNeil v.
United States, 508 U.S. 106, 113, 113 S. Ct. 1980, 1984, 124 L. Ed. 2d 21 (1993); Loren v. Sasser,
309 F.3d 1296, 1304 (11th Cir. 2002); Vil v. Perimeter Mortgage Funding Corp., 715 F. App’x
912 (11th Cir. Oct. 31, 2017). Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) authorizes dismissal of a complaint for failure
to prosecute or failure to comply with a court order or the federal rules. Gratton v. Great Am.
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Commc’ns, 178 F.3d 1373, 1374 (11th Cir. 1999). Further, such a dismissal may be done on
motion of the defendant or sua sponte as an inherent power of the court. Betty K Agencies, Ltd. v.
M/V Monada, 432 F.3d 1333, 1337 (11th Cir. 2005). “[D]ismissal upon disregard of an order,
especially where the litigant has been forewarned, generally is not an abuse of discretion.” Vil,
715 F. App’x at 915 (quoting Moon v. Newsome, 863 F.2d 835, 837 (11th Cir. 1989)).
There has been no response to the prior court orders or even to the report and
recommendation. “[E]ven a non-lawyer should realize the peril to [his] case, when [he] . . . ignores
numerous notices” and fails to comply with court orders. Anthony v. Marion Cty. Gen. Hosp., 617
F.2d 1164, 1169 (5th Cir. 1980); see also Moon v. Newsome, 863 F.2d 835, 837 (11th Cir. 1989)
(As a general rule, where a litigant has been forewarned, dismissal for failure to obey a court order
is not an abuse of discretion.). Therefore, the Court finds it appropriate to exercise its “inherent
power” to “dismiss [Plaintiff’s claims] sua sponte for lack of prosecution.” Link v. Wabash R.R.
Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630, 82 S. Ct. 1386, 8 L. Ed. 2d 734 (1962); see also Betty K Agencies, Ltd. v.
M/V Monada, 432 F.3d 1333, 1337 (11th Cir. 2005) (describing the judicial power to dismiss sua
sponte for failure to comply with court orders).
Accordingly, the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is ADOPTED and
this action is hereby DISMISSED without prejudice for failure to prosecute and obey the Court’s
order. Any remaining motions are DENIED as moot.
DONE and ORDERED this 5th day of October, 2018.
/s/ Terry F. Moorer
TERRY F. MOORER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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