Weaver et al v. BB&T Mortgage
ORDER DISMISSING CASE without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(b) for plaintiffs failure to prosecute and failure to comply with a court order, by Judge R. Brooke Jackson on 1/2/2013. (ervsl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Honorable R. Brooke Jackson
Civil Action No. 12-cv-01498-RBJ-CBS
MARK WEAVER and TIFFANY WEAVER,
ROBERT J. JOPP & ASSOCIATES,
THE HOPP LAW FIRM,
ROBERT J. HOPP, ESQ., #26818,
NEAL J. VALORZ, ESQ., #42496,
NATHAN S. SILBER, ESQ., #28836,
ANNA MARIA PETERS-RUDDICK,
ARAPAHOE COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE,
The plaintiffs, representing themselves pro se, filed the complaint that initiated this case
on June 11, 2012. This Court entered a minute order on July 12, 2012 [Docket #7]. In that order
the Court struck the plaintiffs’ complaint [Docket #1] but granted them leave to file an amended
complaint. The plaintiffs’ filed a short response on July 15, 2012 [Docket #9] in which they
indicate they will be “entering a full response once they have had time to consult with their
counsel.” However, no amended complaint was filed, and on November 29, 2012 the Court
issued an Order giving the plaintiffs 15 days to show cause as to why the case should not be
dismissed for failure to prosecute [Docket #10]. To date, plaintiffs have made no attempt to
prosecute their case.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) provides that “[i]f the plaintiff fails to prosecute or
to comply with these rules or a court order, a defendant may move to dismiss the action or any
claim against it.” Rule 41(b) “has long been interpreted to permit courts to dismiss actions sua
sponte for a plaintiff’s failure to prosecute….” Rogers v. Andrus Transp. Services, 502 F.3d
1147, 1151 (10th Cir. 2007) (quoting Olsen v. Mapes, 333 F.3d 1199, 1204 n. 3 (10th Cir.
Prior to choosing dismissal as the appropriate sanction, the Court considers several
factors: (1) the degree of actual prejudice to the defendant; (2) the amount of interference with
the judicial process; (3) the culpability of the litigant; (4) whether the party was warned in
advance that dismissal would be a likely sanction for noncompliance; and (5) the efficacy of
lesser sanctions. See Ehrenhaus v. Reynolds, 965 F.2d 916, 921 (10th Cir. 1992). Plaintiffs have
made no attempt to prosecute their case. Plaintiffs have not participated in this matter since
filing their response on July 16, 2012. Notice that the complaint was stricken was received by
plaintiffs, and no attempt was made to re-file or respond to the Court’s order.
Accordingly, it is ordered that the case is DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to
Rule 41(b) for plaintiff’s failure to prosecute and failure to comply with a court order.
DATED this 2nd day of January, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
R. Brooke Jackson
United States District Judge
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