Jenkins v. Pritzker et al
ORDER DISMISSING CASE with prejudice for failure to prosecute. The Court DIRECTS the Clerk of the Court to enter judgment reflecting the same. Signed by Magistrate Judge Gilbert C. Sison on 2/17/2021. (klh)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
J. B. PRITZKER,
Case No. 3:19-cv-00673-GCS
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
SISON, Magistrate Judge:
On December 23, 2020, the Court set this matter for telephone hearing for January
26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on Defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of prosecution (Doc. 46).
The Notice warned Plaintiff that the failure to appear “may result in dismissal of his
case.” The record reflects that Jenkins was released from the Illinois Department of
Corrections on December 8, 2020. (Doc. 46-1). On January 26, 2021, the Court held the
telephone hearing on Defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of prosecution and Jenkins
failed to appear by telephone. (Doc. 50). Thereafter, the Court entered a Show Cause
Order directing Plaintiff to explain in writing his failure to prosecute this case and
warned him that the failure to respond would result in the dismissal with prejudice of
his case. (Doc. 51). As of this date, Plaintiff has not responded.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) provides that “[i]f the plaintiff fails to
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prosecute or to comply with these rules or a court order, a defendant may move to
dismiss the action or any claim against it.” In dismissing a case for lack of prosecution,
the Seventh Circuit has indicated that a district court commits legal error “when it
dismisses a suit ‘immediately after the first problem, without exploring other options or
saying why they would not be fruitful.’” Sroga v. Huberman, 722 F.3d 980, 982 (7th Cir.
2013)(quoting Johnson v. Chi. Bd. of Educ., 718 F.3d 731, 732-733 (7th Cir. 2013)). The
Seventh Circuit has suggested that in addition to warning the plaintiff, the court must
consider essential factors such as “the frequency and egregiousness of the plaintiff’s
failure to comply with other deadlines, the effect of the delay on the court’s calendar, and
the prejudice resulting to the defendants.” Id. (citing Kruger v. Apfel, 214 F.3d 784, 786-787
(7th Cir. 2000)).
Plaintiff has not responded to the January 26, 2021 Show Cause Deadline, and the
time to do so has passed. The Court has more than 200 cases on its docket, and if the
Court permits this case to drag on further waiting for Plaintiff to respond, it will
detrimentally impact the efficient and timely handling of its other cases. Accordingly, the
Court DISMISSES with prejudice this action pursuant to Rule 41(b). See FED. R. CIV.
PROC. 41(b); see generally James v. McDonald’s Corp., 417 F.3d 672, 681 (7th Cir. 2005). The
case is CLOSED, and the Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to enter judgment accordingly.
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In an abundance of caution, and noting Plaintiff’s pro se status, the Court advises
Plaintiff as follows. Plaintiff has two means of contesting this order: he may either request
this Court review this order, or he may appeal the order to the Seventh Circuit Court of
If Plaintiff chooses to request this Court to review this order, he should file a
motion to alter or amend the judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e).
Plaintiff must file the motion within twenty-eight (28) days of the entry of judgment; the
deadline cannot be extended. See FED. R. CIV. PROC. 59(e); 6(b)(2). The motion also must
comply with Rule 7(b)(1) and state with sufficient particularity the reason(s) that the
Court should reconsider the judgment. See Elustra v. Mineo, 595 F.3d 699, 707 (7th Cir.
2010); Talano v. Nw. Med. Faculty Found., Inc., 273 F.3d 757, 760 (7th Cir. 2001). See also Blue
v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 698 F.3d 587, 598 (7th Cir. 2012)(stating that a party must
establish either manifest error of law or fact, or that newly discovered evidence precluded
entry of judgment in order to prevail on a Rule 59(e) motion) (citation and internal
quotation marks omitted).
So long as the Rule 59(e) motion is in proper form and timely submitted, the 60day clock for filing a notice of appeal will be stopped. See FED. R. APP. PROC. 4(a)(4). The
clock will start anew once the undersigned rules on the Rule 59(e) motion. See FED. R. APP.
PROC. 4(a)(1)(A), (a)(4), (a)(4)(B)(ii). However, if the Rule 59(e) motion is filed outside the
28-day deadline or “completely devoid of substance,” the motion will not stop the clock
for filing a notice of appeal; it will expire 60 days from the entry of judgment. Carlson v.
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CSX Transp., Inc., 758 F.3d 819, 826 (7th Cir. 2014); Martinez v. Trainor, 556 F.2d 818, 819–
820 (7th Cir. 1977). Again, this deadline can be extended only on a written motion by
Plaintiff showing excusable neglect or good cause.
In contrast, if Plaintiff chooses to go straight to the Seventh Circuit, he must file a
notice of appeal from the entry of judgment or order appealed from within 60 days. See
FED. R. APP. PROC. 4(a)(1)(B) (emphasis added). The deadline can be extended for a short
time only if Plaintiff files a motion showing excusable neglect or good cause for missing
the deadline and asking for an extension of time. See FED. R. APP. PROC. 4(a)(5)(A), (C).
See also Sherman v. Quinn, 668 F.3d 421, 424 (7th Cir. 2012)(explaining the good cause and
excusable neglect standards); Abuelyaman v. Illinois State Univ., 667 F.3d 800, 807 (7th Cir.
2011)(explaining the excusable neglect standard).
Plaintiff may appeal to the Seventh Circuit by filing a notice of appeal in this Court.
See FED. R. APP. PROC. 3(a). The current cost of filing an appeal with the Seventh Circuit
is $505.00. The filing fee is due at the time the notice of appeal is filed. See FED. R. APP.
PROC. 3(e). If Plaintiff cannot afford to pay the entire filing fee up front, he must file a
motion for leave to appeal in forma pauperis (“IFP motion”). See FED. R. APP. PROC. 24(a)(1).
The IFP motion must set forth the issues Plaintiff plans to present on appeal. See FED. R.
APP. PROC. 24(a)(1)(C). If Plaintiff is allowed to proceed IFP on appeal, he will be assessed
an initial partial filing fee. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). He will then be required to make
monthly payments until the entire filing fee is paid. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).
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by Judge Sison 2
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: February 17, 2021.
GILBERT C. SISON
United States Magistrate Judge
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