Nathan v. Shauque et al
Memorandum Opinion and Order of Dismissal: this matter is Dismissed without prejudice. This case is closed. Signed by District Judge Taylor B. McNeel on 9/16/2022 (wld)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
ISSAC LAVON NATHAN
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:22-cv-60-TBM-RPM
MELISSA SAHUQUE, et al.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER OF DISMISSAL
This matter is before the Court sua sponte on pro se Plaintiff Isaac Lavon Nathan’s failure to
comply with Court Orders. Plaintiff filed this lawsuit on March 21, 2022, alleging unconstitutional
conditions of confinement under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. . At that time, Plaintiff also filed a Motion
 for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis, which the Court granted . After filing his Complaint,
Plaintiff was ordered  to sign and file an Acknowledgement of Receipt and Certification under
the Prison Litigation Reform Act. This Order  warned Plaintiff that his “failure to advise this
court of a change of address . . . may result in this case being dismissed sua sponte, without
prejudice, and without further written notice.” , p. 2. Plaintiff timely signed and returned the
Acknowledgement of Receipt and Certification to the Court. . Plaintiff also filed a letter 
advising the Court about the correct spelling of a Defendant’s name, and the Court amended the
docket accordingly .
To better evaluate Plaintiff’s claims, the Court entered an Order  on August 2, 2022,
requiring Plaintiff to file a written response to clarify certain aspects of this lawsuit on or before
August 16, 2022. Plaintiff was warned again that “[f]ailure to advise the Court of a change of
address or failure to timely comply with any order of the Court . . . may result in this lawsuit being
dismissed without prejudice and without further notice.” , p. 2. This Order  was mailed to
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Plaintiff at his last-known address, and it was returned to the Court as undeliverable. . Plaintiff
did not timely comply with the Court’s Order .
The Court then directed Plaintiff to show cause why this case should not be dismissed for
his failure to comply. . The Court extended Plaintiff’s responsive deadline to September 8,
2022, and warned him again “[t]hat failure to advise the Court of a change of address or failure to
timely comply with any order of the Court . . . will result in this lawsuit being dismissed without
prejudice and without further notice to Plaintiff.” , pp. 1-2. This Order  was mailed to
Plaintiff at his last-known address, and it was also returned to the Court as undeliverable. .
Plaintiff did not comply with the Court’s Order  to Show Cause, and he has not communicated
with the Court about his lawsuit since July 18, 2022—despite being warned four times that failure
to comply or notify the Court about a change in address may lead to the dismissal of his case. See
, p. 2; , p. 2; , p. 2; , p. 2.
The Court may dismiss an action for Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute under Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 41(b) and the Court’s “‘inherent power’ . . . to manage [its] own affairs.” Link v.
Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630–31 (1962); see also McCullough v. Lynaugh, 835 F.2d 1126, 1127
(5th Cir. 1988). “The Court must be able to clear its calendar of cases that remain dormant because
of the inaction or dilatoriness of the party seeking relief, so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious
disposition of cases.” Fauzi v. Royal Hospitality Services, LLC, No. 1:14-cv-83-HSO-RHW, 2016
WL 3166581, *2 (S.D. Miss. Jun. 6, 2016) (citing Link, 370 U.S. at 630). “Such a ‘sanction is
necessary to prevent undue delays in the disposition of pending cases and to avoid congestion in
the calendars’ of the Court.” Id. (quoting Link, 370 U.S. at 630-31). In this case, lesser sanctions
than dismissal have not prompted “diligent prosecution” but have instead “proved to be futile.”
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See Tello v. Comm’r of Internal Revenue, 410 F.3d 743, 744 (5th Cir. 2005) (quoting Berry v.
CIGNA/RSI-CIGNA, 975 F.2d 1188, 1191 (5th Cir. 1992)).
Since Plaintiff has failed to comply with the Court’s Orders  , the Court finds that
this case should be dismissed without prejudice under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) for
failure to prosecute and for failing to respond to a Court order.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that this matter is DISMISSED
WITHOUT PREJUDICE. This CASE is CLOSED.
THIS, the 16th day of September, 2022.
TAYLOR B. McNEEL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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