Fountain v. Taylor

Filing 14

ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE: Ordered that this case is dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute and obey the Orders of the Court. Signed by District Judge Halil S. Ozerden on 9/12/17. (JCH)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN DIVISION MARK ANTHONY FOUNTAIN, # K8577 v. PLAINTIFF CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:17cv73-HSO-JCG CALVIN TAYLOR DEFENDANT ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE This matter is before the Court sua sponte. Pro se Plaintiff Mark Anthony Fountain initiated this action on March 15, 2017. At the time, Fountain was incarcerated with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (“MDOC”). On June 9, 2017, the Court ordered Fountain to respond to certain inquiries regarding the Complaint by June 23, 2017. Order Requiring Pl. to Respond [8] at 1. Having received no response, on July 7, 2017, the Court entered an Order to Show Cause [10], directing Fountain to show cause by July 21, 2017, why the case should not be dismissed for failure to obey the Court’s prior Order [8]. 1st Order to Show Cause [10] at 1. When Fountain did not comply, the Court entered a Second Order to Show Cause [12], giving him one last opportunity to comply. Fountain was given until August 21, 2017, to respond. 2d Order to Show Cause [12] at 2. The Orders [8], [10], [12] were mailed to Fountain’s address of record. All were returned as undeliverable. The envelopes were marked, “Return to Sender. . . . Unable to forward” and “Hancock ERS.” Dkt. [13] at 1; Dkt. [11] at 1; Dkt. [9] at 1. MDOC’s website indicates that Fountain is on Earned Release Supervision. To date Fountain has not responded, provided a change of address, or otherwise communicated with the Court. The Court warned Fountain that failure to comply and keep the Court apprised of his address may lead to the dismissal of his Complaint. 2d Order to Show Cause [12] at 1; 1st Order to Show Cause [10] at 1; Order Requiring Pl. to Respond [8] at 1; Order Setting Payment Schedule [7] at 2; Order [4] at 2; Order [3] at 2. It is apparent from Fountain’s failure to prosecute and comply with the Court’s Orders that he lacks interest in pursuing this case. The Court has the authority to dismiss an action for a plaintiff’s failure to prosecute or to obey a Court order, under Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and under the Court’s inherent authority to dismiss the action sua sponte. Link v. Wabash R.R., 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962). The Court must be able to clear its calendars of cases that remain dormant because of the inaction or dilatoriness of the parties seeking relief, so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases. Such a sanction is necessary in order to prevent undue delays in the disposition of pending cases and to avoid congestion in the calendars of the Court. Id. at 629-30. Since Defendant has not been called upon to answer the Complaint or appear in this action, and since the Court has not considered the merits of the claims, the case will be dismissed without prejudice. IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, for the reasons stated above, this case is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure 2 to prosecute and obey the Orders of the Court. A separate final judgment will be entered pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58. SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, this the 12th day of September, 2017. s/ Halil Suleyman Ozerden HALIL SULEYMAN OZERDEN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 3

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