Lucas v. Glidden
ORDER DISMISSING CASEwith prejudice, based on Plaintiff's failure to comply with this Court's Order to file an amended complaint on or before November 2, 2017. (Doc. 7). The dismissal counts as one of his three allotted strikes within the meaning of § 1915(g). Signed by Judge J. Phil Gilbert on 11/9/2017. (tjk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
Case No. 17-cv-00836-JPG
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
GILBERT, District Judge:
Proceeding pro se, Plaintiff Braxton Lucas filed the instant civil rights action pursuant to
42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Doc. 1). In the Complaint, Plaintiff complained about the conditions of his
confinement at Fayette County Jail in Vandalia, Illinois. (Doc. 1, p. 4). Plaintiff requested
monetary damages. (Doc. 1, p. 5).
This Court screened the Complaint on October 4, 2017. (Doc. 7). The Complaint did not
survive preliminary review under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Id. Accordingly, the Court dismissed the
Complaint without prejudice. Id.
Plaintiff was granted leave to file a First Amended Complaint on or before November 2,
2017, if he wished to pursue his claim(s). (Doc. 7, pp. 5-6). He was warned that the action
would be dismissed with prejudice, if he failed to file an amended complaint by the deadline. Id.
(citing FED. R. CIV. P. 41(b); Ladien v. Astrachan, 128 F.3d 1051 (7th Cir. 1997); Johnson v.
Kamminga, 34 F.3d 466 (7th Cir. 1994)). Plaintiff was also warned that he would receive a
“strike” pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). (Doc. 7, p. 6).
Despite these warnings, Plaintiff missed the deadline for filing the First Amended
Complaint. At least a week has passed since the deadline expired. Plaintiff has not requested an
extension. The Court will not allow this matter to linger indefinitely.
This action shall be dismissed with prejudice based on Plaintiff’s failure to comply with
an Order of this Court (Doc. 7, pp. 5-6) and failure to prosecute his claims. See FED. R. CIV. P.
41(b). The dismissal will count as one of Plaintiff’s three allotted “strikes” within the meaning
of § 1915(g).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED with prejudice, based on
Plaintiff’s failure to comply with this Court’s Order to file an amended complaint on or before
November 2, 2017. (Doc. 7). See FED. R. CIV. P. 41(b); Ladien v. Astrachan, 128 F.3d 1051
(7th Cir. 1997); Johnson v. Kamminga, 34 F.3d 466 (7th Cir. 1994). The dismissal counts as one
of his three allotted “strikes” within the meaning of § 1915(g).
IT IS ALSO ORDERED that Plaintiff’s obligation to pay the filing fee for this action
was incurred at the time the action was filed, regardless of subsequent developments in the case.
Accordingly, the filing fee of $350.00 remains due and payable. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1);
Lucien v. Jockisch, 133 F.3d 464, 467 (7th Cir. 1998).
If Plaintiff wishes to appeal this Order, he may file a notice of appeal with this Court
within thirty days of the entry of judgment. FED. R. APP. 4(A)(4). If Plaintiff does choose to
appeal, he will be liable for the $505.00 appellate filing fee irrespective of the outcome of the
appeal. See FED. R. APP. 3(e); 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2); Ammons v. Gerlinger, 547 F.3d 724, 72526 (7th Cir. 2008); Sloan v. Lesza, 181 F.3d 857, 858-59 (7th Cir. 1999); Lucien, 133 F.3d at
467. Moreover, if the appeal is found to be nonmeritorious, Plaintiff may also incur another
“strike.” A proper and timely motion filed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e)
may toll the 30-day appeal deadline. FED. R. APP. P. 4(a)(4). A Rule 59(e) motion must be filed
no more than twenty-eight (28) days after the entry of judgment, and this 28-day deadline cannot
The Clerk’s Office is DIRECTED to close this case and enter judgment accordingly.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: November 9, 2017
s/J. Phil Gilbert
United States District Judge
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