Differ v. Holland (INMATE 2)
ORDER re 1 Inmate 1983 Complaint filed by Dennis J. Differ. ORDERED that on or before 9/12/2011, Plaintiff shall file an amended complaint as further set out in the order on a form for use in filing 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint. See Local Rule 9 .1 (requiring pro se litigants to utilize court's forms). Plaintiff's original complaint shall be superseded by the amended complaint. This means Plaintiff shall no longer rely on the original complaint. The Clerk is DIRECTED to send Plaint iff a form for use in filing a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to assist him in complying with the directives contained herein. Signed by Honorable Judge Susan Russ Walker on 8/29/2011. Copy with a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint form mailed to Plaintiff as directed. (dmn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
DENNIS J. DIFFER, #236 916,
This 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action is before the court for screening pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2)(B). The complaint has not been submitted on a court-approved form and is
presented in a rambling, dis-jointed, and narrative-style manner. Further, the complaint
merely contains general conclusions of constitutional violations, and fails to identify factual
allegations material to specific counts lodged against the named defendant with respect to
any violations of Plaintiff's constitutional rights.
“This type of pleading completely disregards Rule 10(b)'s requirement that discrete
claims should be plead in separate counts, see Anderson v. Dist. Bd. of Tr., 77 F.3d 364-36667 (11th Cir. 1996), and is the type of complaint that [has been] criticized time and again.”
Magluta v. Samples, 256 F.3d 1282, 1284 (11th Cir. 2001). Accordingly, the court deems it
appropriate to require Plaintiff to amend his complaint to correct the deficiencies noted
In light of the foregoing, it is
ORDERED that on or before September 12, 2011, Plaintiff shall file an amended
complaint on a form for use in filing a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint. See Local Rule 9.1
(requiring pro se litigants to utilize court's forms). Plaintiff's original complaint shall be
superseded by the amended complaint. This means Plaintiff shall no longer rely on the
It is further ORDERED that Plaintiff's amended complaint shall:
1. Contain one claim and any claims that can be shown closely related to it, i.e.,
arising out of the same incident or facts;
2. Identify specific claims relative to actions taken against him by the named
defendant and list these claims in separate counts;
3. Describe with clarity those factual allegations that are material to each specific
count against the named defendant);
4. Describe how the named defendant violated Plaintiff’s constitutional rights; and
5. Comply with F.R.Civ.P. 8(a) which requires that a plaintiff plead "'a short and
plain statement of the claim that will give the defendant fair notice of what the plaintiff's
claim' is and the grounds upon which it rests." Leatherman v. Tarrant County Narcotics
Intelligence and Coordination Unit, 507 U.S. 163, 168 (1993) (emphasis added) (quoting
Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41, 47(1957); see Fullman v. Graddick, 739 F.2d 553, 556-57
(11th Cir. 1984) (finding vague and conclusory claims are subject to dismissal).
Plaintiff is advised that his failure to file an amended complaint within the prescribed
time and in accordance with the directives contained in this order will result in a
Recommendation that this case be dismissed for failure to prosecute and to obey the court's
order. Furthermore, the failure to plead a complaint that complies with F.R.Civ.P. 8(a), that
is, a complaint that provides fair notice to the court and a defendant of the claim against the
defendant, after being required to re-plead a complaint, will result in a Recommendation that
the complaint be dismissed under F.R.Civ.P. 41(b) for failure to comply with the court's
order. Pelletier v. Zweifel, 921 F.2d 1465, 1522 n.103 (11th Cir. 1991).
The Clerk is DIRECTED to send Plaintiff a form for use in filing a complaint under
42 U.S.C. § 1983 to assist him in complying with the directives contained herein.
Done, this 29th day of August 2011.
/s/ Susan Russ Walker
SUSAN RUSS WALKER
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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