Fequiere, et al v. Alabama State University, et al (MAG+)
ORDER directing that the 2 Notice of Motion for Order to Show Cause with Temporary Restraining Order is DENIED, as further set out; it is ORDERED that this case is REFERRED to the assigned Magistrate Judge for action or recommendation on all pretrial matters. Signed by Honorable Judge Mark E. Fuller on 10/17/12. (scn, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
EMMA FEQUIERE AND
Case No. 2:12-cv-893-MEF-SRW
(WO—Do Not Publish)
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY,
This cause comes before the Court on the Complaint (Doc. #1) and the Notice of
Motion for Order to Show Cause with Temporary Restraining Order (Doc. #2) filed by
Plaintiffs Emma Fequiere and Matthew Bates-Fequiere (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), as well
as each plaintiff’s application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. #4 & 5). In their
Memorandum in Support of their Motion to Show Cause with Temporary Restraining Order,
Plaintiffs ask the Court for various forms of injunctive relief. (Doc. #3.)
Rule 65 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure restricts a court’s ability to grant a
temporary restraining order. To overcome the restrictions contained in Rule 65, a plaintiff
must make clear from “specific facts in an affidavit or a verified complaint . . . that
immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result to the movant.” Fed. R. Civ.
P. 65(b)(1)(A). The Eleventh Circuit has held that this requires the plaintiff to show the
following: (1) a substantial likelihood of success on the merits; (2) that irreparable injury will
be suffered unless the injunction issues; (3) that the threatened injury to the moving party
outweighs whatever damages the proposed injunction may cause the opposing party; and (4)
if issued, the injunction would not be adverse to the public interest. Palmer v. Braun, 287
F.3d 1325, 1329 (11th Cir. 2002). A temporary restraining order is “an extraordinary and
drastic remedy not to be granted unless the movant clearly establishe[s] the burden of
persuasion” as to each of these four elements. McDonald’s Corp. v. Robertson, 147 F.3d
1301, 1306 (11th Cir. 1998) (internal citations and quotations omitted). Even construing
Plaintiffs’ pleadings liberally, as the Court must do with pro se litigants, see Alba v.
Montford, 517 F.3d 1249, 1252 (11th Cir. 2008), the Court finds that Plaintiffs have wholly
failed to meet their burden of persuasion in establishing any of the above factors and,
consequently, cannot meet an essential requirement of Rule 65.
Based on the foregoing, it is hereby ORDERED that the Notice of Motion for Order
to Show Cause with Temporary Restraining Order (Doc. #2) is DENIED. The Court further
finds that this motion is more appropriately considered a request for a preliminary injunction
and a claim for permanent injunctive relief. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that this case is
REFERRED to the assigned Magistrate Judge for action or recommendation on all pretrial
DONE this the 17th day of October, 2012.
/s/ Mark E. Fuller
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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