Clayton v. Jones et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Plaintiff has failed to prosecute this case pursuant to Rule 41(b), and has failed to comply with Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b). Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on July 15, 2021. (mjm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
HOT SPRINGS DIVISION
Case No. 6:21-cv-6064
SUPERVISOR JOE JONES, Trinity
Services Group; SHERIFF MIKE
MCCORMICK, et al.
This is a civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The case is before the
Court on Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute this case.
On April 28, 2021, Gary M. Chambers filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
1983 on behalf of himself and sixteen other plaintiffs. Rayson Clayton. (“Clayton”) was one of
the sixteen plaintiffs. His claims were severed, and this case was opened on his behalf. Plaintiff
Clayton was alleged to have been incarcerated in the Garland County Detention Center when this
action was filed.
By Order (ECF No. 2) entered on April 28, 2021, the Court directed Plaintiff to file an
amended complaint and an application to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”). The amended
complaint and IFP application were to be filed by May 27, 2021. Plaintiff was further advised
that he had thirty days from his transfer or release to provide the Court with his change of address.
Plaintiff was advised that if he failed to comply with the Order the case “shall be subject to
On May 26, 2021, all mail sent to Plaintiff, including the Order (ECF No. 2) outlined above,
was returned as undeliverable with a notation that Plaintiff was no longer at the facility. Plaintiff
has made no effort to contact the Court. The Court has not had an accurate address for Plaintiff
since April 2021.
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 with an order of the court. Fed.
R. Civ. P. 41(b); Line 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)). Additionally, Rule 5.5(c)(2)
of the Local Rules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas requires parties appearing
pro se to monitor the case and to prosecute or defend the action diligently. Accordingly, the Court
finds that Plaintiff has failed to prosecute this case pursuant to Rule 41(b), and has failed to comply
with Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
For the reasons stated above, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s case should be and hereby is
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 15th day of July, 2021.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
Chief United States District Judge
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