Smiley v. Alabama Department of Transportation et al

Filing 18

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER that Defendants' 12(b)(6) MOTION to Dismiss 12 is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part as set forth more specifically below: 1. To the extent that it seeks the dismissal of claims against Defendant Joe McInnes in his individual capacity, it is DENIED as MOOT; 2. To the extent that it seeks dismissal of the claims pursuant to Title VII against McInnes, Adams and Barksdale in their official capacities, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED; 3. To the extent that it seeks dismissal of the claims pursuant to Title VII against Adams and Barksdale in their individual capacities, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 4. To the extent that it seeks the dismissal of claims pursuant to T itle VII against any defendant other than the Alabama Department of Transportation, it is GRANTED. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that all claims in Counts Three and Four against any defendant other than Alabama Department of Transportation are DISMISSED ; 5. All claims pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1981 alone are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 6. To the extent that it seeks the dismissal of claims pursuant to §§ 1981 and 1983 against Defendants Theresa Barksdale, Joe McInnes, and William Adams i n their official capacities, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 7. To the extent that it seeks the dismissal of all claims against the Alabama Department of Transportation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 8. To the extent that it seeks the dismissal of all claims against Adams and Barksdale in their individual capacities pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for alleged violations of Smiley's claims that he was subjected to unlawful retaliation because he complained of sex discrimination in the workplace, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 9. To the extent that it seeks the dismissal of all claims against Adams and Barksdale i n their individual capacities pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for alleged violations of HIPPA, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 10. To the extent that said motion seeks the dismissal of all claims pursuant to Alabama law against ALDOT, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 11. To the extent that said motion seeks the dismissal of claims pursuant to Alabama law against Defendants Theresa Barksdale, Joe McInnes, and William Adams in their offici al capacities, it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISSED with PREJUDICE; 12. To the extent that said motion seeks dismissal of the claims pursuant to Alabama law contained in Count Five (Tort of Outrage), it is GRANTED and those claims are DISMISS ED without PREJUDICE; 13. To the extent that said motion seeks dismissal of the claims pursuant to Alabama law contained in Counts Six, Seven, and Eight against Adams and Barksdale in their individual capacities, it is GRANTED and those claims are DI SMISSED without PREJUDICE; 14. For purposes of clarity, the Court notes that this Memorandum Opinion and Order has DISMISSED all claims against Defendant Joe McInnes; 15. Except as specifically noted above, Defendants' 12 Motion to Dismiss is DENIED; 16. Counsel for all parties are ADMONISHED to improve the quality of their written work product for the duration of this case. All counsel of record are further ORDERED to review the text of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 prior to submitt ing any further legal arguments to this Court; 17. Finally, it is hereby ORDERED that each attorney of record in this case shall file an individual certification affirming that they have read this Memorandum Opinion and Order in its entirety. These certifications shall be filed by no later than April 7, 2011. Signed by Hon. Chief Judge Mark E. Fuller on 3/30/2011. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Appeals Checklist)(cc, )

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Smiley v. Alabama Department of Transportation et al Doc. 18 Att. 1 A copy of this checklist is available at the website for the USCA, 11th Circuit at www.ca11.uscourts.gov Effective on April 9, 2006, the new fee to file an appeal will increase from $255.00 to $455.00. CIVIL APPEALS JURISDICTION CHECKLIST 1. Appealable Orders: Courts of Appeals have jurisdiction conferred and strictly limited by statute: (a) Appeals from final orders pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1291: Only final orders and judgments of district courts, or final orders of bankruptcy courts which have been appealed to and fully resolved by a district court under 28 U.S.C. 158, generally are appealable. A final decision is one that "ends the litigation on the merits and leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment." Pitney Bowes, Inc. v. Mestre, 701 F.2d 1 365, 1 368 ( 11th Ci r. 1 983). A magistrate judge's report and recommendation is not final and appealable until judgment thereon is entered by a district court judge. 28 U.S.C. 636(c). In cases involving multiple parties or multiple claims, a judgment as to fewer than all parties or all claims is not a final, appealable decision unless the district court has certified the judgment for immediate review under Fed.R.Civ.P. 54(b). Williams v. Bishop, 732 F.2d 885, 885- 86 (11th Cir. 1984). A judg ment which resolves all issues except matters, such as attorneys' fees and costs, that are collateral to the merits, is immediately appealable. Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 486 U.S.196, 201, 108 S.Ct. 1717, 1721-22, 100 L .Ed.2d 178 (1988); LaChance v. Duffy's Draft House, Inc., 146 F.3d 832, 837 (11th Cir. 1998). Appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1292(a): Appeals are permitted from orders "granting, continuing, modifying, refusing or dissolving injunctions or refusing to dissolve or modify injunctions . . ." and from "[i]nterlocutory decrees . . . determining the rights and liabilities of parties to admiralty cases in which appeals from final decrees are allowed." Interlocutory appeals from orders denying temporary restraining orders are not permitted. Appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1292(b) and Fed.R.App.P. 5: The certification specified in 28 U.S.C. 1292(b) must be obtained before a petition for permission to appeal is filed in the Court of Appeals. The district court's denial of a motion for certification is not itself appealable. Appeals pursuant to judicially created exceptions to the finality rule: Limited exceptions are discussed in cases including, but not limited to: Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541, 546, 69S.Ct. 1221, 1225-26, 93 L.Ed. 1528 (1949); Atlantic Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass'n v. Blythe Eastman Paine Webber, Inc., 890 F.2d 371, 376 (11th Cir. 1989); Gillespie v. United States Steel Corp., 379 U.S. 148, 157, 85 S.Ct. 308, 312, 13 L.Ed.2d 199 (1964). Rev.: 4/04 (b) (c) (d) (e) Dockets.Justia.com 2. Time for Filing: The timely filing of a notice of appeal is mandatory and jurisdictional. Rinaldo v. Corbett, 256 F.3d 1276, 1278 (11th Cir. 2001). In civil cases, Fed.R.App.P. 4(a) and (c) set the following time limits: (a) Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(1): A notice of appeal in compliance with the requirements set forth in Fed.R.App.P. 3 must be filed in the district court within 30 days after the entry of the order or judgment appealed from. However, if the United States or an officer or agency thereof is a party, the notice of appeal must be filed in the district court within 60 days after such entry. THE NOTICE MUST BE RECEIVED AND FILED IN THE DISTRICT COURT NO LATER THAN THE LAST DAY OF THE APPEAL PERIOD no additional days are provided for mailing. Special filing provisions for inmates are discussed below. Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(3): "If one party timely files a notice of appeal, any other party may file a notice of appeal within 14 days after the date when the first notice was filed, or within the time otherwise prescribed by this Rule 4(a), whichever period ends later." Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(4): If any party makes a timely motion in the district court under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure of a type specified in this rule, the time for appeal for all parties runs from the date of entry of the order disposing of the last such timely filed motion. Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(5) and 4(a)(6): Under certain limited circumstances, the district court may extend the time to file a notice of appeal. Under Rule 4(a)(5), the time may be extended if a motion for an extension is filed within 30 days after expiration of the time otherwise provided to file a notice of appeal, upon a showing of excusable neglect or good cause. Under Rule 4(a)(6), the time may be extended if the district court finds upon motion that a party did not timely receive notice of the entry of the judgment or order, and that no party would be prejudiced by an extension. Fed.R.App.P. 4(c): If an inmate confined to an institution files a notice of appeal in either a civil case or a criminal case, the notice of appeal is timely if it is deposited in the institution's internal mail system on or before the last day for filing. Timely filing may be shown by a declaration in compliance with 28 U.S.C. 1746 or a notarized statement, either of which must set forth the date of deposit and state that first-class postage has been prepaid. (b) (c) (d) (e) 3. Format of the notice of appeal: Form 1, Appendix of Forms to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, is a suitable format. See also Fed.R.App.P. 3(c). A pro se notice of appeal must be signed by the appellant. Effect of a notice of appeal: A district court loses jurisdiction (authority) to act after the filing of a timely notice of appeal, except for actions in aid of appellate jurisdiction or to rule on a timely motion of the type specified in Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(4). 4.

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