Hock v. U.S. Department of Education
ORDER DISMISSING CASE without prejudice for failure to prosecute. Signed by District Judge Frank D. Whitney on 11/17/21. (Pro se litigant served by US Mail.)(clc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
DOCKET NO. 3:21-CV-00134-FDW
LYNN KAREN HOCK,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,
THIS MATTER is before the Court sua sponte regarding the status of this case. “[A] district
court possesses the ‘inherent power’ to dismiss a case sua sponte for failure to prosecute[.] . . . [S]uch
authority derives from ‘the control necessarily vested in courts to manage their own affairs so as to
achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases.’” Eriline Co., S.A. v. Johnson, 440 F.3d
648, 654 (4th Cir. 2006) (quoting Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962)).
Furthermore, “aside from the interests of the individual parties in a lawsuit, a district court has an
important interest in keeping its docket from becoming clogged with dormant cases…” Eriline Co.,
440 F.3d at 654. Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure permits an involuntary
dismissal for failure to prosecute a case.
Plaintiff, who is proceeding pro se, filed her Notice of Appeal in this matter (Doc. No. 1) on
March 31, 2021. The docket demonstrates this matter has been dormant since April 9, 2021, when
Plaintiff paid the required filing fee pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1930. (Doc. No. 2). To date, no further
filings have been made and Plaintiff has failed to file the designation of items to be included in the
record on appeal and a statement of the issues to be presented to this Court as required by Fed. R.
Bankr. P. 8009(a). Moreover, Plaintiff failed to respond to this Court’s Order, entered October 28,
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2021, requiring Plaintiff to show cause why this matter should not be dismissed for her failure to
prosecute (Doc. No. 4). Accordingly, this Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to prosecute her case
against Defendant and dismissal pursuant to Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that this matter is DISMISSED without prejudice. The
CLERK OF COURT is respectfully directed to CLOSE THE CASE.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed: November 17, 2021
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