Cooper v. Centurion et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Signed by District Judge R Leon Jordan on 7/31/2017. (copy mailed) (KMK, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
MILTON COOPER, # 224536,
DERRICK SCHOFIELD, JASON
WOODALL, TONY PARKER, GERALD
MCALLISTER and BENNY
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This prisoner’s pro se civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 is before the Court on
Plaintiff’s failure to file an amended complaint. In a memorandum and order entered February 5,
2016 [Doc. 7], the Court allowed Plaintiff twenty (20) days within which to replead his case, in
accordance with Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to include only claims that did
not involve a violation of the settlement agreement in Grubbs v. Bradley, 821 F.Supp. 496 (M.D.
Tenn. 1993) [Id.]. The order also warned Plaintiff that if he failed to file such a timely pleading,
the Court would dismiss his § 1983 action for failure to comply with the orders of the Court [Id.
Months have passed since entry of that order, and Plaintiff has failed to file an amended
complaint or otherwise communicate with the Court. Therefore, the Court will dismiss this case
for want of prosecution and for failure to comply with the Court’s orders. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b);
Link v. Wabash R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630-31 (1962) (recognizing a court’s authority to dismiss a
case sua sponte for lack of prosecution); Jourdan v. Jabe, 951 F.2d 108 (6th Cir. 1991).
In view of the reason for this dismissal, the Court CERTIFIES that any appeal from the dismissal
would not be taken in good faith. See Fed. R. App. P. 24. Accordingly, should Plaintiff file a
notice of appeal, he also must pay the full appellate filing fee of five-hundred, five dollars
($505.00) or submit a motion for leave to appeal in forma pauperis and any required supporting
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Leon Jordan
United States District Judge
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