Faulkner v. Adams et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on May 22, 2023.(mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
LARRY FAULKNER, JR.
Civil No. 4:23-cv-04019
CAPTAIN GOLDEN ADAMS;
SERGEANT GOLDEN; and
Plaintiff Larry Faulkner originally attempted to join in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action filed on
July 28, 2022, by Ray Cornelieus Calvert, who was proceeding pro se. As pro se litigants are
unable to represent other parties, the Court severed Plaintiff’s claim from Mr. Calvert’s and opened
the instant action on March 2, 2022. 1 ECF No. 3. Currently before the Court is Plaintiff’s failure
to comply with orders of the Court.
In its March 2, 2023 Order, the Court directed Plaintiff to file a completed in forma
pauperis (IFP) Application and an Amended Complaint in this case. ECF No. 3. Plaintiff’s IFP
Application and Amended Complaint were due on April 2, 2023. Id. The Court’s Order was not
returned as undeliverable mail and Plaintiff did not respond.
On April 17, 2023, the Court entered an Order to Show Cause as to why Plaintiff failed to
file his IFP Application and Amended Complaint. (ECF No. 5). The Court gave Plaintiff until
May 8, 2023, to respond to the Order to Show Cause. Id. This Order was not returned as
undeliverable mail, and Plaintiff has failed to respond or file his IFP Application and Amended
See Calvert v. Runion, No. 4:22-cv-4067 (W.D. Ark.), ECF No. 33.
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). The Local Rules state 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).
Plaintiff has failed to obey multiple Court Orders. 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 Amended Complaint (ECF No. 1) is DISMISSED WITHOUT
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 22nd day of May, 2023.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
Chief United States District Judge
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