Dean v. Tallant et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure to prosecute and failure to comply with Local Rules. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on September 9, 2016. (cnn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ADAM SCOTT DEAN
Case No. 4:14-CV-04135-SOH-BAB
JANA TALLANT and SHERIFF BUTCH
Plaintiff, Adam Scott Dean, submitted this pro se action for filing on October 16, 2014.
ECF No. 1. Currently before the Court are Plaintiff's failure to follow three Court Orders and
failure to prosecute.
On October 16, 2014, Plaintiff’s Complaint was provisionally filed, as additional
information was needed to determine his in forma pauperis (“IFP”) application. ECF No. 2.
The provisional filing Order directed Plaintiff to submit a completed IFP application by
November 4, 2014. The Order also advised Plaintiff to keep the Court apprised of any address
changes and stated that failure to keep the Court informed of an address change could result in
the dismissal of his case. This provisional filing Order was mailed to the Plaintiff on October 16,
2014 but was returned as undeliverable on October 24, 2014.
In November 2014, the Court obtained a new address for Plaintiff and entered an Order
changing Plaintiff’s address and resending the prior provisional filing Order. ECF No. 4. In this
Order, Plaintiff was advised again that failure to keep the Court informed of an address change
could result in the dismissal of his case. This Order was not returned as undeliverable, and
Plaintiff did not respond to the Order.
On March 10, 2015, the Court entered another Order directing Plaintiff to return a
completed IFP application or pay the filing fee by March 25, 2015. ECF No. 5. This Order was
not returned as undeliverable, and Plaintiff again failed to respond.
On November 4, 2015, the Court entered a Show Cause Order directing Plaintiff to show
cause why his case should not be dismissed for failure to comply with the Court’s previous
Orders. ECF No. 6. This Show Cause Order was not returned as undeliverable, and Plaintiff did
not respond. Plaintiff has not communicated with the Court since filing his Complaint on
October 16, 2014.
While pro se pleadings are to be construed liberally, a pro se litigant is not excused from
complying with substantive and procedural law. See 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) (emphasis added).
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. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); see also 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)).
Plaintiff has failed to keep the Court apprised of his current address as required by Local
Rule 5.5(c)(2). Plaintiff has failed to comply with two Court Orders directing him to file a
completed IFP Application and one Order to Show Cause. Plaintiff has also failed to prosecute
this action. Accordingly, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) and Local Rule
5.5(c)(2), the Court finds that this case 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 9th day of September, 2016.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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