Gardner v. Tefft et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on November 21, 2017. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Civil No. 4:16-cv4102
N. TEFFT, et al.
Plaintiff proceeds in this matter pro se and in forma pauperis pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Currently before the Court is Plaintiff’s failure to obey a Court order and failure to prosecute this
On September 14, 2017, the Court entered an Order (ECF No. 39) directing Plaintiff to
submit a Response to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 33). Plaintiff’s
Response was due by October 16, 2017, and the Order advised Plaintiff that failure to timely and
properly comply with the Order would result in the dismissal of this action, without prejudice,
pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). (ECF No. 39). The Order was not returned as undeliverable.
Plaintiff did not respond.
II. LEGAL STANDARD
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure specifically contemplate dismissal of a case on the
ground that the plaintiff failed to prosecute or failed to comply an order of the court. Fed. R. Civ.
P. 41(b); Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962) (stating that 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).
Plaintiff has failed to comply with a Court Order directing him to respond to a Motion for
Summary Judgment. Plaintiff has failed to prosecute this matter. Accordingly, pursuant to Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) and Local Rule 5.5(c)(2), the Court finds that Plaintiff’s Complaint
should be dismissed without prejudice for failure to comply with the Court’s order and failure to
prosecute this case. Thus, Plaintiff’s Complaint (ECF No. 1) is DISMISSED WITHOUT
IT IS SO ORDERED this 21st day of November 2017.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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