Sampson v. HSBC Finance Corporation et al
ORDER denying without prejudice 6 Motion for Writ of Discovery. Accordingly, all persons hereby are NOTIFIED that the court intends to dismiss this action for failure to prosecute by the real party in interest, unless, on or before 3/30/12, a comp etent real party in interest shows cause, in writing, why naming a deceased person as the plaintiff/real party in interest was the result of an understandable mistake. The response should be accompanied by a proposed amended complaint that conforms with requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Civil Rules of this court.Signed by Senior Judge James C. Fox on 3/21/2012. (Foell, S.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
SHIRLEY ROSE SAMPSON,
HSBC FINANCE CORP., and its subsidiary )
HSBC CONSUMER LENDING, USA, INC., )
servicing agent for BENEFICIAL
MORTGAGE CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA )
and BENEFICIAL FINANCIAL I, INC.,
formally known as SOLSTICE CAPITAL
GROUP, INC., and SHAPIRO AND INGLE,)
LLP, RICHARD P. McNEELY, as substitute)
This matter is before the court on the plaintiffs "Verified Petition in the Nature of a
Motion Pursuant to Writ for Discovery, Under Subpoena Duces Tecum, 42 U.S.C. § 1982,
Maritime Tort Clams [sic] In-Admiralty." See [DE-6]. The filings of record reveal, inter alia,
that the named plaintiff is deceased, and the lawsuit in fact is being prosecuted by a person
named "Khufu-Sutukh: Ranub-EI," who describes himself as "intervener, grantee (Exhibit 1)
and trustee for the Plaintiff." Complaint [DE-3.1], p.
Specifically, the Complaint alleges, in
PARTIES TO ACTION
a. SHIRLEY ROSE SAMPSON, is a deceased, Black American female, and at the
time of death; a resident ofthe State of North Carolina and a United States
citizen who is the established real party of interest, holder in due course and
possess superior claim to the real property at the location commonly known as
508 Royal Lane, Clinton, North Carolina 28328 ("Subject Real Property") with
the Parcel ID No.: 12-0885360-01 in Sampson County, North Carolina; IMXRS
Filed Number: SRSI0182010.
a. Khufu-Sutukh: Ranub-EI (Exhibit 2) is the live being and TRUSTEE to
SHIRLEY ROSE SAMPSON (TRUST); with KHUFU SUTUKH RANUB EL the
GRANTEE and unmarried heir to the ESTATE of SHIRLEY ROSE SAMPSON.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has explained, pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 17, a real
party in interest is one who possesses the right to enforce the claim and has a significant interest
in the litigation under North Carolina law. Virginia Elec. and Power Co. v. Westinghouse Elec.
Corp., 485 F. 2d 78,83 (4th Cir. 1973). Ms. Sampson does not have the right (or ability) to
enforce any claims purportedly set forth in the Complaint, first, because she is alleged to be
deceased, and secondly, because the Complaint alleges facts that suggest that Mr. KhufuSutukh: Ranub-EI, an heir of Ms. Sampson, is the real party in interest, as grantee of a North
Carolina General Warranty Deed to the subject real property from "all [other] heirs" from the
Estate of Shirley Sampson, grantees. See Complaint [DE-3], Exhibit 1, Attachment 1. If the
intent of the Complaint is for the Estate of Shirley Rose Simpson to bring an action against the
defendants, then an attorney must appear on behalf of the estate, in compliance with this
district's Local Civil Rules, and must allege the factual bases for subject matter jurisdiction in
While Mr. Khufu-Sutukh: Ranub-EI's theories ofliability are not clear, there are no
allegations in the Complaint supporting admiralty or maritime jurisdiction, and no tort claim
has been alleged. Most importantly, however, the deceased named plaintiff, "Shirley Rose
Sampson," is not an entity who can initiate and maintain a lawsuit. See FED. R. CIV. P. 17(b). If
Mr. Khufu-Sutukh: Ranub-EI seeks to prosecute a lawsuit in a cognizable representative
capacity or on his own behalf, he must do so in accordance with governing substantive law, as
well as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Civil Rules of this court.
Accordingly, all persons hereby are NOTIFIED that the court intends to
dismiss this action for failure to prosecute by the real party in interest, unless, on
or before March :lOt 2012, a competent real party in interest shows cause, in
writing, why naming a deceased person as the plaintiff/real party in interest was
the result of an understandable mistake. See, e.g., Intown Properties Mgmt. Inc.
v. Wheaton Van Lines, Inc., 271 F.3d 164, 171 (4th Cir. 2001) (finding that Rule
17(a) was inapplicable because the "mistake had not been 'understandable' ").
The response should be accompanied by a proposed amended complaint
that conforms with requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the
Local Civil Rules of this court. See FED. R. CIV. P. 17(aV Ifthe proposed amended
complaint seeks to substitute the proper real party in interest as the named plaintiff, the
propriety of substitution under Rule 17(a) will be determined according to governing law.
The pending Motion for Writ of Discovery [DE-6] is DENIED without prejudice to
renew, if appropriate.
a tS'f"day of March, 2012.
S~~r U.S. District Judge
The Advisory Committee Note to the 1966 amendment states in part: "Modern decisions are
inclined to be lenient when an honest mistake has been made in choosing the party in whose
name the action is to be filed. . . . The provision should not be misunderstood or distorted. It is
intended to prevent forfeiture when determination of the proper party to use is difficult or when
an understandable mistake has been made."