Farrow v. Boston Scientific Corporation
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER granting 10 MOTION by Boston Scientific Corporation to Dismiss, as more fully set forth herein. This case is DISMISSED without prejudice. Signed by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin on 12/22/2016. (cc: counsel of record; any unrepresented party) (kp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP.,
PELVIC REPAIR SYSTEM
PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION
MDL No. 2326
THIS DOCUMENT RELATES TO:
Farrow v. Boston Scientific Corp.
Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-01843
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Pending before the court is Boston Scientific Corp.’s (“BSC”) Motion to Dismiss
for Failure to Timely Serve her Plaintiff Profile Form [ECF No. 10]. The plaintiff has
responded to the motion [ECF No. 11], making it ripe for decision. For the reasons
stated below, the motion is GRANTED.
BSC’s Motion arises from this court’s Order [ECF No. 8], entered on February
18, 2016, denying BSC’s Motion for Sanctions, including monetary penalties,
dismissal and any other sanction deemed appropriate by the court, for failure to serve
a Plaintiff Profile Form (“PPF”) in compliance with Pretrial Order (“PTO”) # 16. In
reaching this decision, I relied on Wilson v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., 561 F.2d
494 (4th Cir. 1977), in which the Fourth Circuit identified four factors that a court
must consider when reviewing a motion to dismiss on the basis of noncompliance with
discovery. See Order at 4–7 [ECF No. 8] (applying the Wilson factors to Ms. Farrow’s
case).1 Concluding that the first three factors weighed in favor of sanctions as
The Wilson factors are as follows: (1) Whether the noncomplying party acted in bad faith; (2) the
amount of prejudice his noncompliance caused his adversary, which necessarily includes an inquiry
requested by BSC, I nevertheless declined to award the requested sanctions of either
dismissal or monetary sanctions because it would offend the court’s duty under
Wilson’s fourth factor, which is to consider the effectiveness of lesser sanctions. In
recognition of this duty, I gave the plaintiff a final chance to comply with the
deadlines set forth in PTO # 16. I afforded her 30 business days from the entry of the
Order to submit to BSC a completed PPF, with the caveat that a failure to do so may
result in dismissal of her case upon motion by BSC. Despite this warning, Ms. Farrow
has again failed to comply with this court’s orders and did not provide BSC with her
PPF within the 30-day period. Consequently, BSC moved to dismiss this case.
Because the less drastic sanction instituted against Ms. Farrow has had no
effect on her compliance with and response to this court’s discovery orders, which she
has continued to blatantly disregard, I find that dismissal is now appropriate. For the
reasons explained in my February 18, 2016 Order [ECF No. 8], it is ORDERED that
the defendant’s Motion to Dismiss [ECF No. 10] is GRANTED, and the plaintiff’s case
is DISMISSED without prejudice. The court DIRECTS the Clerk to send a copy of
this Order to counsel of record and any unrepresented party.
ENTER: December 22, 2016
into the materiality of the evidence he failed to produce; (3) the need for deterrence of the particular
sort of noncompliance; and (4) the effectiveness of less drastic sanctions. Mut. Fed. Sav. & Loan
Ass’n v. Richards & Assocs., Inc., 872 F.2d 88, 92 (4th Cir. 1989) (citing Wilson, 561 F.2d at
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