Yandal v. United States of America
MEMORANDUM OPINION by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell dated 11/27/2013.cc:Plaintiff, pro se (EM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
MICHAEL A. YANDAL
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:12CV-P154-R
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Plaintiff filed a pro se action seeking the return of seized property (DN 1). On October
25, 2012, the Clerk of Court sent Plaintiff a Notice of Deficiency [Notice] directing him to
remedy within 30 days of the Notice various deficiencies with the filing of this action (DN 3).
The Notice further informed Plaintiff that failure to comply with the Notice without good cause
would be brought to the attention of the Court. Plaintiff failed to timely remedy the deficiencies
or respond to the Notice. Thereafter, on June 11, 2013, this Court entered an Order directing
Plaintiff to remedy the deficiencies or show good cause for his failure to do so (DN 4). Plaintiff
was given 30 days from the date of the Order to remedy the deficiencies. The Court’s Order
further warned Plaintiff that failure to comply with the Order within the time allowed would
result in dismissal of this action. The 30 days have passed, and Plaintiff has not remedied the
deficiencies or otherwise responded to the Order.
Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure authorizes the involuntary dismissal
of an action if a plaintiff fails to prosecute or to comply with an order of the court. Jourdan v.
Jabe, 951 F.2d 108, 109 (6th Cir. 1991) (“Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) recognizes the power of the
district court to enter a sua sponte order of dismissal.”). Additionally, courts have inherent
power “acting on their own initiative, to clear their calendars of cases that have remained
dormant because of the inaction or dilatoriness of the parties seeking relief.” Link v. Wabash
R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630 (1962). Although federal courts afford pro se litigants some
leniency on matters that require legal sophistication, such as formal pleading rules, the same
policy does not support leniency for failure to comply with court deadlines and other procedures
readily understood by laypersons, particularly where there is a pattern of delay or failure to
pursue a case. Jourdan v. Jabe, 951 F.2d at 110.
Because Plaintiff failed to comply with the Court’s Order (DN 4), the Court concludes
that he has abandoned any interest in prosecuting this action.
Therefore, by separate Order, the Court will dismiss the instant action.
November 27, 2013
Plaintiff, pro se
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