IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
October 16, 2007
EDWARD E. PAULES, APPELLANT
STEVEN CARR, APPELLEE
The opinion of the court was delivered by: (Judge Conner)
AND NOW, this 16th day of October, 2007, upon consideration of the notice of appeal from a decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Doc. 1), which was docketed and transmitted to the parties by the Clerk of Court on July 17, 2007 (see Doc. 2), and appellee's motion to dismiss (Doc. 3),*fn1 and it appearing that appellant has not filed a brief in support of his appeal as of the date of this order, see FED. R. BANKR. P. 8009 ("The appellant shall serve and file a brief within 15 days after entry of the appeal on the docket pursuant to Rule 8007."); see also In re Jewelcor Inc., 11 F.3d 394, 398 (3d Cir. 1993) (stating that fifteen-day briefing period is triggered by "the docketing and sending of notice [of appeal] by the district court clerk" (emphasis in original)), and that appellant has not filed the "items to be included in the record on appeal and a statement of the issues to be presented" as of the date of this order, see FED. R. BANKR. P. 8006 (providing that the record and issues on appeal be filed within ten days after filing the notice of appeal), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. On or before November 2, 2007, appellant shall file
a. A brief in support of his appeal. The brief shall comply in all material respects with the requirements of Rule 8010 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
b. A designation of the items to be included in the record on appeal and a statement of the issues to be presented. See FED. R. BANKR. P. 8006.
c. Failure to comply with this order may result in the imposition of sanctions, including dismissal of this appeal. See FED. R. BANKR. P. 8001(a) ("An appellant's failure to take any step other than timely filing a notice of appeal does not affect the validity of the appeal, but is ground only for such action as the district court . . . deems appropriate, which may include dismissal of the appeal." (emphasis added)); see also Poulis v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 747 F.2d 863, 868 (3d Cir. 1984); L.R. 83.3.1(a).
2. On or before November 19, 2007, appellee shall file a brief in opposition.
3. On or before December 4, 2007, appellant shall be permitted to file a reply brief.
4. The motion to dismiss (Doc. 3) is DENIED.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge