August 11, 2004
FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b), and an Order of the Court in implementation thereof, subject cause has previously been referred to the United States Magistrate Judge. The findings, conclusions, and recommendation of the Magistrate Judge are as follows:
In April 2004, plaintiff filed the instant civil action. No process has been issued in this case. On April 26, 2004, the Court issued a Notice of Deficiency and Order wherein it notified plaintiff that he had not properly signed the filed pleading, paid the requisite filing fee, or submitted a request to proceed in forma pauperis. It granted him twenty days to cure the deficiencies and warned him that the failure to do so would result in a recommendation that this action be dismissed for failure to prosecute. To date, plaintiff has filed nothing further in this case. Nor has he paid the requisite filing fee.
II. INVOLUNTARY DISMISSAL
Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure permits a court to dismiss sua sponte an action for failure to prosecute or follow orders of the court. McCullough v. Lynaugh, 835 F.2d 1126, 1127 (5th Cir. 1988). This authority flows from a court's inherent power to control its docket, prevent undue delays in the disposition of pending cases, and avoid congested court calendars. Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 629-31 (1962). Plaintiff has failed to comply with the Order of April 26, 2004, that he correct the noted deficiencies within twenty days. He has also not paid the filing fee in this action. Such failures indicate that he has no current intention to proceed with this case. Accordingly, the Court should dismiss his complaint.
For the foregoing reasons, it is recommended that plaintiff's complaint be dismissed without prejudice for want of prosecution pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b).