IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
August 16, 2011
CONNIE MIKOLIC, PAUL D. STRAKA, KATHY GRIMM AND LUANN YOHN, DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner
AND NOW, this 16th day of August, 2011, upon consideration of the order of the court (Doc. 36) dated May 19, 2011, wherein the court ordered pro se plaintiff Benton Colvin ("Colvin") to file, on or before May 31, 2011, a document showing why he should not be sanctioned for abusive telephone calls purportedly made to defense counsel, and it appearing that Colvin filed a response to the court's order two days late, on June 2, 2011 (Doc. 42), in which Colvin apologized and cited personal reasons for his behavior, and upon further consideration of the motion for involuntary dismissal (Doc. 40) filed by defendants Connie Mikolic, Paul D. Straka, and Kathy Grimm, on June 1, 2011, wherein defendants request that the court dismiss Colvin's complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) as a sanction for failure to timely comply with the court's May 19, 2011 Order (Doc. 36), and the court noting that defendants may move to dismiss any claims against them as a result of plaintiff's failure to prosecute and/or his failure to comply with court orders, see FED. R. CIV. P. 41(b) (stating that a defendant may move to dismiss an action against it "[i]f the plaintiff fails to prosecute or to comply with these rules or a court order"); see also Briscoe v. Klaus, 538 F.3d 252, 258 (3d Cir. 2008), and the court further noting that, pursuant to Poulis v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., 747 F.2d 863, 868 (3d Cir. 1984) (listing factors to be considered by the district court prior to dismissing a complaint for failure to comply with court orders and rules), Colvin, a pro se party, is personally responsible for the failure to respond to the court's order, and it appearing that Colvin has refrained from placing any further calls to defense counsel since the issuance of the May 19, 2011 Order (see Doc. 43, at 1),*fn1 and the court finding that the receipt of the response from Colvin a mere two days after the court-ordered date for response does not warrant involuntary dismissal of the complaint, and the court concluding that Colvin has substantially complied with the May 19, 2011 Order and that sanctions are unwarranted,*fn2 it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The court shall accept the response filed by Colvin on June 2, 2011 (Doc. 42) to the court's May 19, 2011, as timely.
2. Colvin has complied with the May 19, 2011 Order and no sanctions shall be imposed.
2. The motion (Doc. 40) for involuntary dismissal as sanction for plaintiff's failure to comply with the court's order of May 19, 2011, filed by defendants Connie Mikolic, Paul D. Straka, and Kathy Grimm is DENIED.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge