Dubuisson v. The Department of Children and Families Lowell
Judge Indira Talwani: ORDER entered. it is hereby Ordered that this action is DISMISSED without prejudice. The clerk shall enter a separate order of dismissal.(PSSA, 4)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND *
Civil Action No. 21-10285-IT
April 26, 2021
On February 18, 2021, Jessica Dubuisson filed a pro se Complaint [#1], an Application
to Proceed in District Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs [#2], and a Motion to Request a
By Order [#5] dated March 17, 2021, Plaintiff’s motions were denied and she was
ordered either to pay the $402 filing fee or file a renewed Application to Proceed in District
Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs. The Order advised Plaintiff that failure to timely comply
will result in dismissal of the action without prejudice.
To date, Plaintiff has not responded to the Court’s Order and the time to do so has
expired. The envelope with a copy of the Court’s Order was returned to the Court as
undeliverable. [#6]. The fact that Plaintiff is no longer at the address that she provided the Court
does not excuse her failure to respond. Plaintiff is required to inform the Court of her new
address under this Court’s local rules. See District of Massachusetts Local Rule 83.5.5(h)
(requiring pro se litigants to inform the clerk of any change of address within 14 days of the
The Supreme Court has recognized that district courts have inherent power to dismiss
cases for failure to prosecute. See Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 629 (1962) (“The
authority of a federal trial court to dismiss a plaintiff’s action with prejudice because of his
failure to prosecute cannot seriously be doubted.”).
The fact that Plaintiff has not kept the Court advised of her current address suggests that
she may have decided not to press her claim. The Court is not required to delay disposition in
this case until such time as Plaintiff decides to comply with the requirement of providing her
Accordingly, it is hereby Ordered that this action is DISMISSED without prejudice. The
clerk shall enter a separate order of dismissal.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Indira Talwani
United States District Judge
April 26, 2021
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