Williams v. Harry
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS - IT IS ORDERED THAT the Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation 16 , of Magistrate Judge Carlson. Plaintiff Rodger Williams complaint 1 , is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. The Clerk is directed to CLOSE this case. Signed by Honorable Yvette Kane on 8/11/17. (rw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
SUPERINTENDENT LAUREL HARRY,
(Magistrate Judge Carlson)
THE BACKGROUND OF THIS ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS:
Before the Court is the July 21, 2017 Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge
Carlson (Doc. No. 16), recommending dismissal of the above-captioned action with prejudice for
failure to file an amended complaint as directed by the Court in its June 19, 2017 Order
dismissing Plaintiff’s original complaint with leave to amend, and for failure to comply with
Local Rule 83.18, which requires that Plaintiff maintain a current address on file with the Court.
No timely objections have been filed.
ACCORDINGLY, on this 11th day of August 2017, upon independent review of the
record and applicable law, IT IS ORDERED THAT:
1. The Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation (Doc. No. 16), of
Magistrate Judge Carlson;1
While a district court must ordinarily balance the six factors enumerated in Poulis v. State Farm
Fire and Casualty Co., 747 F.2d 863 (3d Cir. 1984), when evaluating whether sua sponte
dismissal of an action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) is appropriate, the United
States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit acknowledged in several non-precedential opinions
that application of the Poulis factors is unnecessary in circumstances where the plaintiff fails to
file an amended complaint in accordance with a court order, as the “litigant’s conduct makes
adjudication of the case impossible.” Azubuko v. Bell Nat’l Org., 243 F. App’x 728, 729 (3d
Cir. 2007); see also Pruden v. SCI Camp Hill, 252 F. App'x 436, 438 (3d Cir. 2007) (upholding
the dismissal of a pro se plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice for failure to amend his complaint).
Applying the Third Circuit’s reasoning in Azubuko and Pruden to this case, it would appear that
a balancing of the Poulis factors is unnecessary, as Plaintiff has not filed a second amended
complaint, thereby rendering any future adjudication of his claims impossible. Given that these
Third Circuit cases are non-precedential, however, the Court, out of an abundance of caution,
2. Plaintiff Rodger Williams’ complaint (Doc. No. 1), is DISMISSED WITH
3. The Clerk is directed to CLOSE this case.
s/ Yvette Kane
Yvette Kane, District Judge
United States District Court
Middle District of Pennsylvania
additionally finds that application of the Poulis factors warrants dismissal of this action for
failure to prosecute. Specifically, the fifth factor—the effectiveness of alternative sanctions—
cuts against Plaintiff and in favor of dismissal, as no viable alternative to dismissal exists given
the absence of an operative pleading before the Court. Furthermore, the sixth factor, instructing
the Court to consider the meritoriousness of Plaintiff’s claims, likewise militates towards
dismissal, as Plaintiff’s complaint was subjected to an initial screening review and was
accordingly dismissed by this Court.
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