Bickley v. Farrar et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER..IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice. A separate order of dismissal will be entered herewith.IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED than an appeal from this dismissal would not be taken in good faith. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 10/27/17. (MRS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MATTHEW FARRAR, et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon review of the file. Plaintiff, proceeding herein pro
se and in forma pauperis, is an inmate at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center. He
initiated this case on June 8, 2017 in the Western District of Missouri, and his case was
transferred here on the basis of venue. Mail this Court sent to plaintiff on July 24, 2017 was
returned undeliverable, but on September 25, 2017, plaintiff called to verify his new address, and
the Court updated its records. On September 26, 2017, the Court reviewed plaintiff’s complaint
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. The Court noted that the complaint was a long narrative that
brimmed with irrelevant and extraneous material, legalese, and conclusory statements.
consideration of plaintiff’s pro se status, the Court gave him the opportunity to submit an
amended complaint. In so doing, the Court gave plaintiff specific instructions regarding how to
cure the defects of the complaint, including informing him that he was required to set forth facts
stating what each defendant did to violate his rights. The Court cautioned plaintiff that his
failure to timely submit an amended complaint could result in the dismissal of his case without
Plaintiff’s response to the Court was due October 17, 2017. To date, however, he has
neither filed an amended complaint nor sought additional time to do so. Plaintiff was given
meaningful notice of what was expected, and cautioned that his case could be dismissed if he
failed to timely comply. Therefore, this action will be dismissed without prejudice due to
plaintiff’s failure to prosecute his case and his failure to comply with this Court’s September 26,
2017 order. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); see also Dudley v. Miles, 597 F. App’x 392 (8th Cir. 2015)
(per curiam) (affirming dismissal without prejudice where pro se plaintiff failed to file an
amended complaint despite being cautioned that dismissal could result from failure to do so);
Fitzwater v. Ray, 352 F. App’x 125, 126 (8th Cir. 2009) (per curiam) (district court did not abuse
its discretion in dismissing action without prejudice when the pro se plaintiffs failed to comply
with an order “directing them to file within fourteen days an amended complaint in conformity
with Rule 8”); Brown v. Frey, 806 F.2d 801, 803-04 (8th Cir. 1986) (a district court has the
power to dismiss an action for the plaintiff’s failure to comply with any court order).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice.
separate order of dismissal will be entered herewith.
IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED than an appeal from this dismissal would not be taken in
Dated this 27th day of October, 2017.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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