Long v. Simmons

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In Long v. Simmons, 77 F.3d 878, 880 (5th Cir. 1996), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that "[a] dismissal without prejudice is appropriate only if the failure to comply with the court order was the result of purposeful delay or contumaciousness and the record reflects that the district court employed lesser sanctions before dismissing the action."