Fountain v. Mississippi State et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE: Ordered that this case is dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute and obey the Court's Orders. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr on 8/8/17. (JCH)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
MARK ANTHONY FOUNTAIN,
CAUSE NO. 1:17CV125-LG-RHW
MISSISSIPPI STATE, JACKSON
COUNTY, and JUDGE HORCKE
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE
This matter is before the Court sua sponte. Pro se Plaintiff Mark Anthony
Fountain initiated this action on April 26, 2017. At the time, he was incarcerated
with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
The next day the Court sent Fountain notice of the Prison Litigation Reform
Act, an Acknowledgment of Receipt and Certification, and a form Notice of
Voluntary Dismissal. The Court ordered him to sign and file either the
Acknowledgment or voluntary dismissal by May 30, 2017. Having received no
response, on June 13, the Court entered the Order to Show Cause , ordering
Fountain to show cause, by June 27, why this case should not be dismissed for
failure to obey the Court’s prior Order . When Fountain still failed to respond,
the Court entered the Second Order to Show Cause , on July 11, giving him one
last chance to comply.
All Orders were mailed to Fountain’s address of record. The first was not
returned as undeliverable. The Orders to Show Cause were returned, however,
indicating that he has been released on Earned Release Supervision. To date he
has not responded, filed a change of address, or otherwise contacted the Court.
The Court has warned Fountain that failure to comply or to keep the Court
apprised of his address may result in this case being dismissed. (2d Order to Show
Cause at 1-2); (1st Order to Show Cause); (Dkt. 3 at 2). It is apparent from
Fountain’s failure to respond or otherwise communicate with the Court that he
lacks interest in pursuing this claim.
The Court has the authority to dismiss an action for the 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 Defendants have never been called
upon to respond to the Complaint nor appeared in this action, and since the Court
has not considered the merits of the claims, the case is dismissed without prejudice.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, for the reasons
stated above, this case should be and is hereby DISMISSED WITHOUT
PREJUDICE for failure to prosecute and obey the Court’s Orders. A separate
final judgment will be entered pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 8th day of August, 2017.
Louis Guirola, Jr.
LOUIS GUIROLA, JR.
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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