Foley v. Central Arkansas Transit Authority et al
ORDER dismissing Plaintiff's 2 Complaint without prejudice. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 6/25/2014. (ks)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CENTRAL ARKANSAS TRANSIT
AUTHORITY, ET AL.,
NO. 4:14 CV00164 SWW
Before the Court is a motion filed by Central Arkansas Transit Authority, et al,
(“Defendants”) to dismiss Hilton Foley’s (“Plaintiff”) pro se complaint on April 14, 2014
(docket entry #8). On April 18, 2014, the Court entered an Order which instructed Plaintiff that
he is required to be familiar with and comply with all the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as
well as the Local Rules of this Court. The Court further informed Plaintiff that under the Local
Rules, he has fourteen days from the date of service to file a statement in opposition to the
motion to dismiss and that failure to do so could result in dismissal of his complaint. Plaintiff
failed to file a timely response to the motion.1 On May 19, 2014, the Court entered a second
Order, warning Plaintiff that if a response to Defendants’ motion to dismiss is not filed within
thirty days, Plaintiff’s complaint would be dismissed. Plaintiff failed to respond within the thirty
day period as instructed by the Court.
The Local Rules provide that it is the duty of a party proceeding without counsel to
promptly notify the Clerk and other parties of any change in his address and to prosecute the
The Clerk sent the Order by regular and certified mail, return receipt requested. There
has been no return receipt.
action diligently. “If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff is not responded to
within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed without prejudice.” Local Rule 5.5(c)(2).
More than thirty days have passed since the entry date of the Court’s second Order, and Plaintiff
has neither responded to nor complied with the Court’s directive.
Under these circumstances, the Court concludes that this case should be dismissed
without prejudice for failure to comply with Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). See Miller v. Benson, 51 F.3d
166, 168 (8th Cir. 1995) (“District courts have inherent power to dismiss sua sponte a case for
failure to prosecute, and we review the exercise of this power for abuse of discretion.”).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Complaint (docket entry #2) be hereby
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 25TH DAY OF JUNE, 2014.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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