Young v. CitiFinancial Servicing LLC et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER (See Full Order)IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant Lowe's Home Centers, LLC's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Claim for Failure to Appear at Mediation 62 is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff Marlyn Y oung's claim against defendant Lowe's Home Centers, LLC, is dismissed with prejudice. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all motions that remain pending in this action are denied as moot. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on 11/30/17. (EAB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
CITIFINANCIAL SERVICE LLC,
No. 4:16 CV 1171 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Court-ordered mediation on plaintiff Marlyn Young’s claim against
defendant Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, was scheduled for October 27, 2017, at 9:00
a.m.1 (ECF #51.) On October 22, I denied Young’s request to continue the
mediation and ordered him to appear or face dismissal of his claim. After Young
failed to appear at the scheduled mediation, Lowe’s moved to dismiss Young’s
claim. Because Young has failed to show cause why Lowe’s motion should not be
granted, I will grant the motion to dismiss.
In support of its motion, Lowe’s submits the declaration of its counsel that
shows the following:
1) Young was aware that mediation was scheduled to take place on October
On October 26, a representative of U.S. Arbitration & Mediation emailed Young to confirm
mediation on October 27 at 10:00 a.m. (ECF #62-2, Lowe’s Mot. to Dis., Exh. 2.)
2) Lowe’s representative, its counsel, and the mediator appeared at the
3) the mediator contacted Young by telephone at 9:30 a.m. on October 27 to
inquire whether Young planned to attend the mediation;
4) Young told the mediator that he would appear at mediation if Lowe’s first
made an offer to settle;
5) Lowe’s declined to make a settlement offer before Young’s appearance at
6) the mediator informed Lowe’s counsel at 10:12 a.m. that Young agreed to
appear at mediation within one hour; and
7) at 11:22 a.m., Young had not yet appeared at mediation, at which time
Lowe’s and the mediator ended the session.
On November 28, the mediator filed his Alternative Dispute Resolution Compliance
Report, reporting that Marlyn Young failed to appear as ordered.
I ordered Young to show cause why Lowe’s motion to dismiss for failure to
appear at mediation should not be granted. In his response, Young presents nothing
to dispute Lowe’s evidence as set out above. He admits that the mediator called
him on October 27 requesting his presence at mediation but claims that no one was
present when he arrived at the mediation room. Notably, he does not state the time
at which he arrived at the room. The undisputed evidence shows that when the
mediator ended the session at 11:22 a.m., Young had not yet appeared. Regardless
of whether mediation was to begin at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m., a significant amount of
time had passed and, despite Young’s representation to the mediator at 10:12 a.m.
that he would appear within the hour, he did not do so. On this evidence, I find that
Young failed to appear at Court-ordered mediation and has failed to show cause for
Because Young failed to appear at mediation as ordered by the Court despite
being warned that his claim would be dismissed for failure to appear, and because
Young failed to honor his own representation to the mediator regarding his
appearance, I find dismissal of Young’s claim against Lowe’s to be appropriate.
In my Case Management Order entered June 30, 2017, I ordered this case
referred to alternative dispute resolution and cautioned that failure to comply with
the Order may result in sanctions. A separate Order referring the case to mediation
was entered that same date. On October 22, I ordered Young to appear at the
scheduled mediation on October 27 or face dismissal, but he failed to appear. My
review of the history of this case shows that Young has failed to comply with other
Orders as well, including my Order that he meet with opposing counsel to prepare a
joint proposed scheduling plan (see ECF #38, #40) and my Order that he confer with
opposing counsel regarding the designation of neutral (ECF #44, #51). He has also
disputed my rulings on various issues in the case. Given this pattern of
disobedience, I find Young’s conduct to be intentional and will dismiss his claim
with prejudice. See Rodgers v. Curators of Univ. of Missouri, 135 F.3d 1216 (8th
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC’s
Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Claim for Failure to Appear at Mediation  is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff Marlyn Young’s claim against
defendant Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, is dismissed with prejudice.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all motions that remain pending in this
action are denied as moot.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 30th day of November, 2017.
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