Walsh v. Walace et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ;the report of Judge Carlson, (Doc. 37), is ADOPTED. The defendants motion to dismiss the amended complaint, (Doc. 31), is GRANTED, and plaintiffs amended complaint, (Doc. 13), is DISMISSED. The Clerk is directed to CLOSE this case. granting 31 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim; adopting 37 Report and Recommendations.Signed by Honorable Malachy E Mannion on 4/11/17. (bs)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
JOHN WALSH, III
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:16-1722
ROBERT WALACE, ESQ.,
Pending before the court is the report of United States Magistrate Judge
Martin Carlson, (Doc. 37), which recommends that the court grant defendants’
motion to dismiss the amended complaint, (Doc. 31), in the instant pro se
action due to plaintiff John Walsh’s failure to timely file his brief in opposition
to the motion, his failure to provide the court with his current address, and
pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b) for his failure to prosecute his case and
comply with the court’s rules and orders. Before making his recommendation
for dismissal of this case, Judge Carlson analyzes the requisite factors
specified in Poulis v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 747 F.2d 863, 868 (3d Cir.
1984). No objections to Judge Carlson’s report have been filed and the time
within which to object has expired.
Where no objection is made to a report and recommendation, the court
should, as a matter of good practice, “satisfy itself that there is no clear error
on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.”
Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b), advisory committee notes; see also Univac Dental Co. v.
Dentsply Intern., Inc., 702 F.Supp.2d 465, 469 (2010) (citing Henderson v.
Carlson, 812 F.2d 874, 878 (3d Cir. 1987) (explaining judges should give
some review to every Report and Recommendation)). Nevertheless, whether
timely objections are made or not, the district court may accept, not accept or
modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the
magistrate judge. 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1); Local Rule 72.31.
The court will adopt Judge Carlson’s report. While it appears that Walsh
did not receive Judge Carlson’s order directing him to respond to defendants’
motion and warning him that his failure to comply with the order may result in
the motion being deemed unopposed and granted, (Doc. 34, Doc. 35, Doc.
36), it is Walsh’s own fault since he did not notify the court of a change in his
address as he knows he was required to do. Additionally, there is no
indication that Walsh failed to receive defendants’ motion, brief and appendix.
(Doc. 31, Doc. 32, Doc. 33). Nor is there any indication that Walsh failed to
receive Judge Carlson’s report. However, Walsh, as a prolific filer with this
court, is well aware of the Local Rules of this court, including Rule 83.18,
which obliged Walsh to advise the court of his new address. Walsh is also
well aware of Local Rule 7.6, M.D.Pa., which required him to timely oppose
defendants’ motion or he would be deemed as not opposing it.
The court has reviewed the recommended grounds for dismissal of the
plaintiff’s amended complaint presented by Judge Carlson.1 Because the
court agrees with the sound reasoning that led Judge Carlson to the
conclusions in his report and finds no clear error on the face of the record, the
court will ADOPT the report in its entirety. The defendants’ motion to dismiss
will be granted and plaintiff’s amended complaint will be dismissed.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the report of Judge Carlson, (Doc.
37), is ADOPTED. The defendants’ motion to dismiss the amended complaint,
(Doc. 31), is GRANTED, and plaintiff’s amended complaint, (Doc. 13), is
DISMISSED. The Clerk is directed to CLOSE this case.
s/ Malachy E. Mannion
MALACHY E. MANNION
United States District Judge
Dated: April 11, 2017
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The Poulis factors “should be weighed by the district courts in order to
assure that the ‘extreme’ sanction of dismissal ... is reserved for the instances
in which it is justly merited.” Poulis, 747 F.2d at 870. As Judge Carlson fully
explains in his report, dismissal of Walsh’s instant case for failure to
prosecute it is “justly merited” based on all of the factors, especially Walsh’s
willful conduct and the prejudice caused to defendants.
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