Tylicki v. Ryan 244 F.R.D. 146

244 F.R.D. 146

Raymond TYLICKI, Plaintiff, v. John RYAN, Chancellor of the State University of New York; Robert T. Brown, Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges; Maurice Hickey, President of the State of New York Clinton Community College, Defendants.

No. 1:06-CV-0221 (LEK/RFT).

United States District Court, N.D. New York.

Aug. 11, 2006.

Raymond Tylicki, Solon, OH, pro se.


KAHN, District Judge.

I. Background

On April 13, 2006, this Court issued a Decision and Order directing, inter alia, that Plaintiff Raymond Tylicki (“Plaintiff’) file an Amended Complaint within thirty (30) days of said Order if he wished to avoid dismissal of his case. See April 2006 D & O (Dkt. No. 6).

On April 27, 2006, Plaintiff submitted a letter request asking the Court to extend his time for the filing of an Amended Complaint until May 25, 2006. See Plntf s Letter Motion (Dkt. No. 7). The Court granted Plaintiffs letter request on May 2, 2006, and actually allowed Plaintiff until May 31, 2006, to file an Amended Complaint. See Order (Dkt. No. 8). Thus, Plaintiff had until May 31, 2006, to file an Amended Complaint in this matter, or else face dismissal of his case.

The April 13, 2006 D & O was mailed to Plaintiff at the address provided in the Complaint (Dkt. No. 1), and which appears currently on the Docket Sheet:

Raymond Tylicki

32923 Cromwell

Solon, OH 44139


*147But, the material was returned to the Court as undeliverable. See Dkt. No. 9.

Plaintiff has not provided the Court with an updated address,2 and has not filed an Amended Complaint.

II. Discussion

United States Courts are vested with broad discretion to impose sanctions for noncompliance with court orders, and those sanctions can include the severe sanction of dismissing a case. See Internet Law Library, Inc. v. Southridge Capital Mgmt., LLC, No. 01 Civ. 6600(RLC), 2005 WL 3370542, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2005) (“Moreover, the court has the inherent authority to dismiss a case when a party disobeys any of its orders.”) (citing Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 501 U.S. 32, 45, 111 S.Ct. 2123, 115 L.Ed.2d 27 (1991)). Although South-ridge addressed discovery orders, there is no difference for non-compliance with any other court order. See Dumpson v. Goord, No. 00-CV-6039 CJS, 2004 WL 1638183 (W.D.N.Y. July 22, 2004) (Court ordered one of plaintiffs to provide address where he could be reached; plaintiff failed to comply; plaintiff was dismissed from the case). Furthermore, the Second Circuit has held that “it is unquestioned that [Federal Rule of Civil Procedure] 41(b) also gives the district court authority to dismiss a plaintiffs case sua sponte for failure to prosecute”. LeSane v. Hall’s Sec. Analyst, Inc., 239 F.3d 206, 209 (2d Cir.2001) (Calabresi, J.) (citing Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630, 82 S.Ct. 1386, 8 L.Ed.2d 734 (1962)). Rule 41(b) addresses not only Plaintiffs failure to prosecute, but also Plaintiffs “failure ... to comply with these rules or any order of court”. Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b). See also Dumpson, 2004 WL 1638183, at *2 (“a court may sua sponte dismiss a plaintiffs action for failure to comply with an order of the court.... Such decisions are committed to the Court’s sound discretion.... Pro se plaintiffs are entitled to a degree of leniency, but this ‘should not extend to the disregard of a judge’s plain directives.’ ”) (citing, inter alia, Costello v. United States, 365 U.S. 265, 286-87, 81 S.Ct. 534, 5 L.Ed.2d 551 (1961); Lucas v. Miles, 84 F.3d 532, 538 (2d Cir.1996)).

Both attorneys and pro se litigants are required to immediately notify the Court and their adversaries of any change in their address or contact information. See Northern District Local Rule 10.1(b)(2). “Failure to notify the Court of a change of address in accordance with L.R. 10.1(b) may result in the dismissal of any pending action.” Northern District Local Rule 41.2(b). “The demand that plaintiffs provide contact information is no esoteric rule of civil procedure, but rather the obvious minimal requirement for pursuing a lawsuit.” Dumpson, 2004 WL 1638183, at *3.

This Court has evaluated the Record in this matter. Plaintiff has clearly failed to comply with an Order of this Court as to amending his Complaint, and has clearly failed to comply with Local Rule 10.1(b)(2) in failing to update his address and contact information. Plaintiffs own failure to update his address has frustrated this Court’s ability to contact him. See, generally, “Chamber’s notes”, Docket Sheet entry of May 10, 2006, listed after Dkt. No. 9. See also Dumpson, 2004 WL 1638183, at *3 (“Nor can [Plaintiff] be spared dismissal on the ground that he did not actually receive the Court’s order ... since he himself was responsible for the Court’s inability to notify him ....”) (citing *148Mathews v. U.S. Shoe Corp., 176 F.R.D. 442, 445 (W.D.N.Y.1997)).

Given the law and factors discussed above, Plaintiffs non-compliance in this matter warrants the imposition of the sanction of dismissal.

III. Conclusion

Based on the foregoing discussion, it is hereby

ORDERED, that Plaintiffs Complaint is DISMISSED for failure to inform the Court of a currently valid address (non-compliance with Local Rule 10.1(b)(2)), and for non-compliance with this Court’s April 13, 2006 Decision and Order, and subsequent Order for an extension of time; and it is further

ORDERED, that the Clerk of the Court CLOSE Case Number 1:06-CV-0221 (LEK/RFT); and it is further

ORDERED, that the Clerk serve a copy of this Order on all parties.


Tylicki v. Ryan
244 F.R.D. 146

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Tylicki v. Ryan
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Aug 11, 2006

244 F.R.D. 146

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