McElroy v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Honorable Barry A. Bryant on June 22, 2017. (mjm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
HOT SPRINGS DIVISION
Civil No. 6:16-cv-06117
Commissioner, Social Security Administration
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s pro se Complaint. ECF No. 1. The Parties have consented to
the jurisdiction of a magistrate judge to conduct any and all proceedings in this case, including
conducting the trial, ordering the entry of a final judgment, and conducting all post-judgment
proceedings. ECF No. 3.1 Pursuant to this authority, the Court issues this memorandum opinion and
orders the entry of a final judgment in this matter.
Plaintiff filed his Complaint on November 14, 2016. Thereafter, Defendant answered (ECF
No. 7), and the transcript in this action was also filed. ECF No. 8. On April 18, 2017, the Court
entered a social security scheduling order requiring Plaintiff to file an appeal brief by May 18, 2017.
In the scheduling order, the Court noted that “Plaintiff’s failure to file a timely brief may result in
dismissal for failure to prosecute.” On May 18, 2017, Plaintiff filed a response indicating he is
unable to prepare a brief due to a severe medical impairment involving his vision. ECF No. 9.
Thereafter, on May 22, 2017, the Court, while mindful of Plaintiff’s claimed difficulties,
informed Plaintiff this matter needed to proceed and be briefed in a timely fashion, and informed
Plaintiff he would need to make some arrangements that would allow his brief to be prepared. ECF
The docket numbers for this case are referenced by the designation “ECF No. ____” The transcript pages
for this case are referenced by the designation “Tr.”
No. 10. In this order, the Court allowed Plaintiff an extension to file an appeal brief until June 21,
2017. The Court again noted that “Plaintiff’s failure to file a timely brief may result in dismissal
for failure to prosecute.” Id. Plaintiff has failed to comply with this Order.
Accordingly, consistent with the directive of the scheduling order, the Court DISMISSES
Plaintiff’s Complaint without prejudice for failure to comply with an order of the Court, failure to
timely file his appeal brief, and failure to prosecute this action.
A judgment incorporating these findings will be entered pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure 52 and 58.
ENTERED this 22nd day of June 2017.
/s/ Barry A. Bryant
HON. BARRY A. BRYANT
U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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