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Avery v. Elrod

United States District Court, W.D. Arkansas, Hot Springs Division

December 16, 2019

JEREMY A. AVERY PLAINTIFF
v.
CHIEF DEPUTY STEVEN ELROD, CAPTAIN RON HALVERSON, APN EARNEST ENNIS, DR. KARL WAGENHAUSER, SOUTHWEST CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL GROUP and SHERIFF MIKE MCCORMICK DEFENDANTS

          MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

          HON. BARRY A. BRYANT UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         This is a civil rights action provisionally filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and (3)(2011), the Honorable Susan O. Hickey, Chief United States District Judge, referred this case to the undersigned for the purpose of making a Report and Recommendation.

         Currently before the Court is Plaintiff's failure to obey a Court Order and prosecute this case.

         I. BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff filed his Complaint on November 30, 2017. (ECF No. 1). He alleges his constitutional rights were violated by the denial of medical care while incarcerated as a pre-trial detainee in the Garland County Detention Center. (Id. at 3-11). Plaintiff is currently incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Correction (“ADC”) Ouachita River Unit.

         The Garland County Defendants (Elrod, McCormick, and Halverson) filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on January 24, 2019. (ECF No. 36). Plaintiff filed his Response on February 27, 2019. (ECF No. 42). The Motion for Summary Judgment was granted on July 17, 2019. (ECF No. 55).

         Defendants Ennis and Wagenhauser filed their Motion for Summary Judgment on July 15, 2019. (ECF No. 47). Defendant Southwest Correctional Medical Group also filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on July 15, 2019. (ECF No. 50). On July 16, 2019, the Court entered Orders directing Plaintiff to Respond to these Motions by August 6, 2019. (ECF No's 53, 54). Both Orders advised Plaintiff that failure to submit the responses by the deadline would result in either Defendants' facts being deemed admitted or the dismissal of his case. (Id.).

         On August 7, 2019, the Court entered an Order to Show Cause directing Plaintiff to show cause why this action should not be dismissed based on his failure to obey the order of this Court and his failure to prosecute this action. (ECF No. 59). Plaintiff was directed to provide his Response by August 28, 2019. (Id.). Plaintiff was then granted an extension to Respond to the Order, giving him until September 16, 2019, to do so. (EF No. 63).

         Plaintiff filed his Response to the Order on September 16, 2019. (ECF No. 64). Plaintiff states he is still waiting for a copy of his medical records from C.H.I. St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs and his medical records from the Garland County Detention Center. (Id. at 1). He further states he has undergone additional treatment and testing for his legs, feet, and heart. (Id.). Plaintiff apologizes for the delay and requests that his medical records from C.H.I. St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs and the Garland County Detention Center be provided to him. (Id. at 2).

         The former Garland County Defendants filed a Reply to Plaintiff's Response on September 19, 2019. (ECF No. 65). They state they mailed Plaintiff his medical file, including the records from CHI, on September 28, 2019. (Id.). Defendants Southwest Correctional Medical Group, Ennis, and Wagenhauser (“Medical Defendants”) filed a Response on September 19, 2019. (ECF No. 67). They state that Plaintiff never sent them formal discovery requests, but they nonetheless provided Plaintiff his medical and other records in accordance with the Court's initial scheduling Order. (Id. at 1-2). They further state that Plaintiff's response is disingenuous and not supported by the record because Plaintiff used the medical records he claims he never received as exhibits in his Response (ECF No. 42) to the first Summary Judgment Motion by the Garland County Defendants. (ECF No. 67 at 2-3). Nor did Plaintiff argue in his Response that he was lacking any medical records. (Id.).

         The Medical Defendants are correct. Further, the Garland County Defendants attached his medical records from both the detention center and CHI St. Vincent to their Statement of Facts on January 24, 2019, and Plaintiff received copies of all exhibits. (ECF No. 38). He also asked for and received additional copies of documents from the Court, including copies the summary judgment motion exhibits, when he alleged he did not receive them. (ECF No's 28, 41). Finally, the discovery deadline for this case was extended until March 15, 2019, (ECF No. 32), and Plaintiff did not file any Motions to Compel discovery at any time during this case.

         II. LEGAL STANDARD

         Although pro se pleadings are to be construed liberally, a pro se litigant is not excused from complying with substantive and procedural law. Burgs v. Sissel, 745 F.2d 526, 528 (8th Cir. 1984). The local rules state in pertinent part:

It is the duty of any party not represented by counsel to promptly notify the Clerk and the other parties to the proceedings of any change in his or her address, to monitor the progress of the case, and to prosecute or defend the action diligently. . . . If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff is not responded to within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed without prejudice. Any party ...

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