Wellbest Industries, Ltd. v. Retail Consumer Science, LLC,et al
ORDER dismissing Defendant Retail Consumer Science, LLC's (RCS) counterclaim, see (Doc. 27). Considering RCS's effective non-appearance in this case for the last six months due to a lack of representation, see Local Rule 2.02(b)(2), a nd RCS's failure to obtain counsel, respond to the Court's order to show cause (Doc. 85), and prosecute its counterclaim diligently, the Court dismisses RCS's counterclaim in this action. Signed by Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle on 6/3/2021. (AS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
WELLBEST INDUSTRIES, LTD.,
Case No. 8:18-cv-2914-KKM-JSS
RETAIL CONSUMER SCIENCE, LLC,
LINDSEY BROOKS, and JOE WEAVER,
On April 26, 2019, Defendant Retail Consumer Science, LLC (RCS) filed an
answer and affirmative defenses to Plaintiff Wellbest Industries, Ltd.’s (Wellbest)
amended complaint. (Doc. 27). RCS also filed a counterclaim, alleging one breach of
contract claim against Wellbest. (Id.). Approximately seven months after RCS filed its
counterclaim, the Court entered an order granting defense counsel’s motion to
withdraw. (Doc. 66). The order—which was entered on December 3, 2020—explained
that RCS “may appear and be heard only through counsel admitted to practice in the
Court”1 and instructed RCS, to “immediately retain replacement counsel.” (Id. at 2). In
response to one of the Court’s orders to show cause, Wellbest moved for Clerk’s
The Court cited Local Rule 2.03(e) in its order. Since the entry of the Court’s order on December 3,
2020, the Middle District has adopted revised local rules. The current local rules still provide that “[a]
party, other than a natural person, can appear through [a] lawyer only.” Local Rule 2.02(b)(2).
Default against RCS (Doc. 81), which the Clerk has entered (Doc. 83). Approximately
six months after the Court granted defense counsel’s motion to withdraw, the Court
entered an order to show cause that directed RCS to obtain counsel in this case and file
a notice through counsel that explained why the Court should not dismiss RCS’s
counterclaim for its failure to prosecute. (Doc. 85).
The deadline imposed in the Court’s Order has passed, and a review of the
docket reveals that RCS has failed to obtain replacement counsel and failed to otherwise
prosecute its counterclaim. Accordingly, the Court dismisses RCS’s counterclaim for
failure to prosecute. The Court’s Order warned that “[f]ailure to obtain counsel and
SHOW CAUSE in [the manner directed] will result in RCS’s counterclaim being
dismissed from this action without further notice.” (Doc. 85; emphasis added). Further,
Local Rule 3.10 puts parties on notice that “[a] plaintiff’s failure to prosecute diligently
can result in dismissal if the plaintiff in response to an order to show cause fails to
demonstrate due diligence and just cause for delay.” Under the circumstances here, RCS
has failed to obtain counsel and respond to the Court’s order to show cause altogether.
Moreover, a review of the docket evinces a complete lack of effort on RCS’s part to
obtain counsel and participate in this litigation, as demonstrated by the Clerk’s Entry of
Default against it, see (Doc. 83).
Considering RCS’s effective non-appearance in this case for the last six months
due to a lack of representation, see Local Rule 2.02(b)(2), and RCS’s failure to obtain
counsel, respond to the Court’s order to show cause, and prosecute its counterclaim
diligently, the Court DISMISSES RCS’s counterclaim in this action, (Doc. 27).
ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, on June 3, 2021.
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