Simmons v. American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc.
A court can dismiss a complaint, as a sanction, if the plaintiff fails to comply with court orders. Allegedly, the plaintiff, Julius Simmons, was discharged because he blogged about his job on Facebook and posted pictures of himself in uniform. The defendant employer alleged that the plaintiff failed to respond to March 20, 2012, discovery requests. On June 28, the court ordered the plaintiff to respond, on or before July 18. The defendant employer filed a motion to dismiss on July 30, 2012, alleging that the plaintiff failed to respond. On September 21, the court ordered the plaintiff to respond, on or before October 19. The plaintiff did not respond, and the court warned the plaintiff that the court could dismiss his complaint, if he failed to file a brief and responses to discovery requests, on or before November 13. The plaintiff failed to comply with court orders and to respond to discovery requests. The court granted the defendant's motion to dismiss and denied the defendant's motion for attorneys' fees and costs.