Foots v. Rose et al
ORDER granting 42 Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiff's Complaint is dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on April 5, 2016. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
RONNIE DEON FOOTS
Civil No. 4:14-cv-04071
SHERIFF VICTOR C. ROSE;
LT. THEARTICE; LAFAYETTE COUNTY
JAIL; CHIEF TUMBERLIN; OFFICER COX;
DOCTOR ANTUEN; and CITY OF LEWISVILLE
This is a civil rights action filed by the Plaintiff, Ronnie Deon Foots, pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 1983. Currently before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 42) for
Plaintiff’s failure to comply with the Court’s orders. After thorough consideration, the Court
issues this Order.
Plaintiff originally filed this case pro se on May 6, 2014. ECF No. 1. In his Complaint,
Plaintiff claims his constitutional rights were violated when Defendants failed to accommodate
Plaintiff’s disability and denied him adequate medical care. ECF No. 1. Plaintiff was housed in
the Arkansas Department of Correction – Williams Unit when he filed this Complaint.
Plaintiff’s address of record indicates he is no longer incarcerated and is residing in Lewisville,
On April 22, 2015, the Honorable Magistrate Judge Barry A. Bryant directed Plaintiff to
submit an accurate address for service on Defendant Dr. Antuen by May 11, 2015. ECF No. 22.
Plaintiff failed to respond to this Order. On November 20, 2015, Judge Bryant entered an Order
to Show Cause giving Plaintiff until December 10, 2015, to explain why he failed to respond to
the Court’s April 22, 2015 Order. ECF No. 38. Plaintiff was directed again to produce an
address for service on Dr. Antuen and was advised that failure to respond may result in the
dismissal of this case. ECF No. 38. To date, Plaintiff has failed to respond to this Order.
Defendants City of Lewisville and Chief Jason Tomlin filed a Motion to Compel on
August 28, 2015. ECF No. 33. In the Motion, Defendants indicated they initially sent Plaintiff
discovery requests on July 8, 2015, at his address of record in Lewisville. Defendants did not
receive a response. On August 12, 2015, Defendants sent a second request to Plaintiff at his
Lewisville address along with a letter explaining that they would file a Motion to Compel if they
did not receive a response to the discovery requests by August 19, 2015. Plaintiff failed to
respond. Neither of the mailings sent to Plaintiff were returned as undeliverable mail.
On November 24, 2015, Judge Bryant entered an Order granting Defendants Motion to
Compel and directing Plaintiff to provide Defendants with the required responses to the
discovery requests by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. ECF No. 41. The Order
advised Defendants that they may file a motion to dismiss if Plaintiff failed to respond by this
deadline. Plaintiff was advised again that failure to comply may result in dismissal of his case.
To date, Plaintiff has not complied with the Order directing him to provide discovery responses
Since September 18, 2015, the only communication the Court has received from Plaintiff
was on February 10, 2016, when he notified the Court of his new address in Lewisville and on
February 25, 2016, when he provided the Court with his phone number. ECF Nos. 45, 46.
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). The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure specifically contemplate dismissal of a case 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 not provided the Court with an address for service for one of the defendants
and he has failed to respond to Defendant’s discovery requests despite this Court’s Orders to do
so. Plaintiff has failed to comply with three of the Court’s Orders (ECF Nos. 22, 38, and 41).
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Complaint should be dismissed without prejudice. See Fed. R. Civ. P.
Because Plaintiff has failed to comply with the Court’s Orders, the Court finds that
Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 42) should be and hereby is GRANTED. Plaintiff’s
Complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41 (b).
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 5th day of April, 2016.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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