Rivera v. Colvin
ORDER DISMISSING CASE. Plaintiff has not prosecuted this action and has not responded to the Court's Order to Show Cause 14 . Due to Plaintiff's failure to comply with the Court's Order, and because Plaintiff has not communicated with the Court to explain or correct the noncompliance despite being warned of the consequences of failing to respond, the Court finds that dismissal is appropriate, and this action is hereby DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. The Clerk of Court shall close this case. SO ORDERED. A copy of this NEF and Order have been mailed to the pro se Plaintiff. Signed by Hon. Frank P. Geraci, Jr. on 2/27/2017. (AFM)-CLERK TO FOLLOW UP-
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
TIARA NICOLE RIVERA,
Case # 15-CV-6626-FPG
ORDER DISMISSING CASE
NANCY A. BERRYHILL1,
ACTING COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
On February 8, 2017, Plaintiff was ordered to show cause in writing by February 17,
2017, why this case should not be dismissed for her failure to prosecute this action. ECF No. 14.
Despite the Order’s explicit warning that Plaintiff’s failure to respond would result in the
dismissal of this action with prejudice pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b), Plaintiff has not
responded to the Order.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) authorizes a district court to “dismiss a complaint for failure to
comply with a court order, treating the noncompliance as a failure to prosecute.” Simmons v.
Abruzzo, 49 F.3d 83, 87 (2d Cir. 1995) (citing Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 633
(1962)). While a harsh remedy, the rule is “intended to serve as a rarely employed, but useful,
tool of judicial administration available to district courts in managing their specific cases and
general caseload.” Wynder v. McMahon, 360 F.3d 73, 79 (2d Cir. 2004).
A district court considering a Rule 41(b) dismissal must weigh five factors: “(1) the
duration of the plaintiff’s failure to comply with the court order, (2) whether plaintiff was on
notice that failure to comply would result in dismissal, (3) whether the defendants are likely to be
prejudiced by further delay in the proceedings, (4) a balancing of the court’s interest in managing
Nancy A. Berryhill is now the Acting Commissioner of Social Security and is therefore substituted for
Carolyn W. Colvin as the defendant in this suit pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d).
its docket with the plaintiff’s interest in receiving a fair chance to be heard, and (5) whether the
judge has adequately considered a sanction less drastic than dismissal.” Baptiste v. Sommers,
768 F.3d 212, 216 (2d Cir. 2014). No single factor is generally dispositive. Nita v. Connecticut
Dep’t of Envtl. Prot., 16 F.3d 482, 485 (2d Cir. 1994).
The Court’s Standing Order regarding Social Security cases requires a plaintiff to file a
brief “within 60 days of the date on which the defendant files the certified transcript of
administrative proceedings.” The transcript was filed in this case on March 1, 2016, and the
Plaintiff has yet to file anything. After the transcript was filed, Plaintiff’s attorneys moved to
withdraw as counsel of record because Plaintiff discharged them from representation. ECF No.
10, at 1. On December 7, 2016, the Court granted the motion and informed Plaintiff that, unless
a new attorney filed a Notice of Appearance, the Court would assume that she was proceeding
pro se and directed her to file a dispositive motion by January 25, 2017. ECF No. 13. Since
then, Plaintiff has not contacted the Court or filed anything with the Clerk. While the Court has
attempted to provide Plaintiff with a fair opportunity to be heard, she refuses to prosecute this
Due to her failure to prosecute this action, Plaintiff was ordered to show cause and was
warned that the failure to do so would result in the dismissal of her case. ECF No. 14. Despite
that warning, Plaintiff ignored the Order. Since Plaintiff has refused to prosecute this action and
to respond to the Court’s Orders, there is no sanction less drastic than dismissal that would be
Due to Plaintiff’s failure to comply with the Court’s Orders, and because Plaintiff has not
communicated with the Court to explain or correct the noncompliance despite being warned of
the consequences of failing to respond, the Court finds that dismissal is appropriate, and this
action is hereby DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. The Clerk of Court shall close this case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: February 27, 2017
Rochester, New York
HON. FRANK P. GERACI, JR.
United States District Court
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