Stanfill v. Mitcham
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE; plaintiff failed to obey court orders. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on August 30, 2017. (cnn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
EL DORADO DIVISION
GREGORY A. STANFILL
CASE NO. 1:17-CV-01040
Before the Court is Plaintiff Gregory A. Stanfill’s failure to obey an order of the Court.
Plaintiff filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action pro se on June 6, 2017. ECF No. 1. That same day, the
Court directed Plaintiff to submit a completed in forma pauperis (“IFP”) application with a
certification regarding inmate funds held in his name by June 21, 2017. ECF No. 3. The order also
informed Plaintiff that failure to apprise the court of an address change may result in the dismissal
of this case. Plaintiff did not respond to the Court’s order. Although the mail sent to Plaintiff was
not returned as undeliverable, the Court researched the Arkansas Department of Correction’s
(“ADC”) website and found Plaintiff had been transferred to the ADC – North Central Unit in
Calico Rock, Arkansas.
On July 27, 2017, the Court entered an order directing Plaintiff to show cause by August
14, 2017, as to why he failed to submit a completed IFP application. ECF No. 7. The order also
instructed the Clerk to resend the 1983 Prisoner Litigation Guide and Privacy Act Information, a
blank IFP Application, Complaint Referred (ECF No. 1), Order Provisionally Filing Complaint
(ECF No. 3), Magistrate Notice/Consent Furnished (ECF No. 4), and Order to Show Case (ECF
No. 6) to Plaintiff’s new address. ECF No. 7. Plaintiff was again advised that his failure to respond
within the required period of time may result in dismissal of his case. To date, Plaintiff has not
responded to the second order to show cause.
Although pro se pleadings are to be construed liberally, a pro se litigant is not excused
from complying with substantive and procedural law. Burgs v. Sissel, 745 F.2d 526, 528 (8th Cir.
1984). Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) states in pertinent part:
It is the duty of any party not represented by counsel to promptly notify the Clerk
and the other parties to the proceedings of any change in his or her address, to
monitor the progress of the case, and to prosecute or defend the 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. Any party
proceeding pro se shall be expected to be familiar with and follow the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure.
Local Rule 5.5(c)(2).
Additionally, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure specifically contemplate dismissal of a
case on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to prosecute or failed to comply with orders of the
court. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962) (stating the
district court possesses the power to dismiss sua sponte under Rule 41(b)). Pursuant to Rule 41(b),
a district court has the power to dismiss an action based on “the plaintiff's failure to comply with
any court order.” Brown v. Frey, 806 F.2d 801, 803-04 (8th Cir. 1986) (emphasis added).
In the present case, Plaintiff has failed to inform the Court of his current address and has
failed to obey a court order. Therefore, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) and
Local Rule 5.5(c)(2), the Court finds that this case should be dismissed. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s
claims are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 30th day of August, 2017.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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