Bonnie Allen-Pieroni, et al v. Southwestern Corrtl, L.L.C., et al
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [17-10341 Affirmed ] Judge: EGJ , Judge: PRO , Judge: CH Mandate pull date is 08/25/2017; denying as moot motion to file brief out of time filed by Appellees LaSalle Management Company, L.L.C., Mr. Bob Alford, Southwestern Correctional, L.L.C. and Johnson County, Texas [8549404-2]; denying as moot motion to extend time to file appellee's brief filed by Appellees LaSalle Management Company, L.L.C., Mr. Bob Alford, Southwestern Correctional, L.L.C. and Johnson County, Texas [8549404-3] [17-10341]
Date Filed: 08/04/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
BONNIE ALLEN-PIERONI, ET AL
United States Court of Appeals
August 4, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
SOUTHWESTERN CORRECTIONAL, L.L.C., doing business as Lasalle
Southwest Corrections; JOHNSON COUNTY, TEXAS; BOB ALFORD; JOHN
DOES 1-5; JANE DOES 1-5; LASALLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, L.L.C.,
Defendants - Appellees
KRISTI L. WHITE; ALICE DIANE MILLER
Movants - Appellants
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Texas
USDC No. 3:13-CV-4089
Before JOLLY, OWEN, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.
Intervenors-Appellants Kristi L. White and Alice Diane Miller appeal
the district court’s denial of their motion to intervene.
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH
CIR. R. 47.5.4.
Date Filed: 08/04/2017
On October 9, 2013, Plaintiffs Bonnie Allen-Pieroni et al. filed this action
against a prison—Southwest Correctional, LLC and a group of related
individuals and entities—seeking relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and other
remedies after inmate Ivan Earl Allen died on account of allegedly deficient
After discovery was conducted in part pursuant to a
confidentiality and protective order, this was case was dismissed with
prejudice by joint stipulation on September 30, 2016.
On February 17, 2016, Plaintiffs Kristi L. White and Alice Diane Miller
(collectively “White”) filed a lawsuit against the same prison also seeking relief
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and other remedies after a different inmate, Ronald
Ray Beesley, died about four years after Ivan, also on account of allegedly
deficient medical care. See Kristi L White v. Southwestern Correctional, LLC,
No. 3:16-cv-00448-B (N.D. Tex.). On November 18, 2016—more than a month
after this case was dismissed and closed—White moved to intervene in this
case for the limited purpose of accessing the sealed discovery conducted in this
The district court, adopting the report and recommendation of the
magistrate judge, denied White’s motion to intervene, finding that she had no
standing to intervene. The district court relied on this Court’s decision in Deus
v. Allstate Ins. Co., 15 F.3d 506, 526 (5th Cir. 1994), in which we held that a
third party who sought to intervene in a closed case for the purpose of obtaining
access to sealed discovery had “no personal interest affording them standing to
intervene,” and so denied the motion to intervene.
Date Filed: 08/04/2017
We find no error in the district court’s well-reasoned opinion. While
“there is no Article III requirement that intervenors have standing in a
pending case,” it is firmly established in this circuit that “[i]n the absence of a
live controversy in a pending case, an intervenor would need standing to
intervene.” Newby v. Enron Corp., 443 F.3d 416, 422 (5th Cir. 2006) (citing
Deus, 15 F.3d at 526); accord Bond v. Utreras, 585 F.3d 1061, 1072 (7th Cir.
2009) (“[T]he Fifth Circuit has concluded that a third party seeking to
intervene to challenge a protective order after the main controversy has been
disposed of must demonstrate standing.”). Although White argues on appeal
that she has a strong personal interest in the sealed discovery in this case
because her own case is factually related to this one (inasmuch as it involves
medical care administered at the same prison), and that allowing access to the
discovery would reduce the burden on the respective parties in her case, she
has not demonstrated that she has standing in this case. She is not part of any
Article III case or controversy in this now-settled dispute between
Southwestern Correctional, LLC, and the successors of inmate Ivan Allen. See
Deus, 15 F.3d at 525-26.
All pending motions are denied as moot.
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