Ferraiuolo v. Stovall et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure to comply with the Court's Local Rules and Orders and failure to prosecute the case. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on February 19, 2016. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Case No. 4:14-cv-04066
RON STOVALL; WARDEN BRAZELL;
CAPTAIN MORGAN; LIEUTENANT ADAMS
SERGEANT PEEKS; CORPORAL SANDERS;
CORPORAL STURDEUANT; OFFICER EVERETT; and
This is a civil rights action filed by the Plaintiff, Anthony Ferraiuolo, pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983. Currently before the Court are Plaintiff’s failure to comply with the Court’s orders and
failure to prosecute this matter. After thorough consideration, the Court issues this Order.
Plaintiff originally filed this case pro se on April 24, 2014. ECF No. 1. In his Complaint,
Plaintiff claims that his constitutional rights were violated when he was pepper sprayed unnecessarily
and denied medical attention. ECF No. 1. Plaintiff was housed in the Miller County Detention
Center (“MCDC”) when he filed this Complaint.
On April 24, 2014, United States Magistrate Judge Barry A. Bryant entered an Order
directing Plaintiff to complete and return an in forma pauperis (“IFP”) application or pay the full
filing fee. Plaintiff was also advised in the Order that he was required to immediately notify the
Court of any address changes, and that failure to do so may result in the dismissal of this case. ECF
On July 7, 2014, Plaintiff notified the Court that he had been transferred to the Arkansas
Department of Correction (“ADC”). Plaintiff’s address of record was changed to reflect his transfer
to the ADC. ECF No. 8. On May 12, 2015, mail that had been sent to Plaintiff at the ADC was
returned to the Clerk of the Court as undeliverable and marked “No longer with ADC.” The same
day, Judge Bryant entered an Order changing Plaintiff’s address of record to the Bowie County
Correctional Facility (“BCCF”)in Texarkana, Texas. ECF No. 23. The Court obtained this address
through its own research.
On July 8, 2015, Plaintiff notified the Court that he had been released from the BCCF, and
he provided the Court with his new address in Texarkana, Texas. ECF No. 28. This Texarkana,
Texas address remains Plaintiff’s address of record. On December 3, 2016, mail sent to Plaintiff at
the Texarkana, Texas address was returned as undeliverable and marked “Unable to forward.”
Plaintiff has not communicated with the Court since July 2015. ECF No. 23.
While 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
Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) (emphasis added).
Additionally, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure also specifically contemplate dismissal
of a case with prejudice on the grounds 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) (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) (quoting Haley v. Kansas City
Star, 761 F.2d 489, 491 (8th Cir. 1985)) (emphasis added).
Plaintiff has failed to comply with the Court’s April 24, 2014 Order (ECF No. 3) by failing
to inform the Court of his current address. Further, Plaintiff has failed to prosecute this matter as
he has not communicated with the Court since July 8, 2015, and he has failed to provide the Court
with any way to communicate with him. Accordingly, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s Complaint
should be and hereby is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure to comply with the
Court’s Local Rules and Orders and failure to prosecute this case. See Local Rule 5.5(c)(2); Fed.
R. Civ. P. 41(b).
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 19th day of February, 2016.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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