Dysart v. BankTrust
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge L Scott Coogler on 7/3/12. (KGE, )
2012 Jul-03 PM 02:02
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
NELL C. DYSART,
BANKTRUST, et al.,
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
The magistrate judge filed a Second Report and Recommendation (Doc. 63) on
April 12, 2012, recommending that motions to dismiss filed by Defendants BankTrust,
W. Bibb Lamar, Jr., Edward T. Livingston, Elam P. Holley, Jr., Mac Martin, Elaine
Dellinger, Anderson & Weidner, David Anderson, Deanna L. Weidner, and Ryan K.
Cochran (Docs. 27, 30, 31) be granted in all respects. The magistrate judge also
recommended that Plaintiff’s claims against the remaining Defendants be dismissed
sua sponte. The parties were allowed fourteen (14) days in which to file written
objections to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. Plaintiff filed objections on
April 26, 2011. (Doc. 64.) Most Defendants filed responses to Plaintiff’s objections.
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(Docs. 65, 66, 67.)1
Plaintiff sued all Defendants for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), 18 U.S.C. § 1961, et seq., trespass, and
intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff also sued Defendants David
Anderson, Deanna L. Weidner, and BankTrust for extrinsic fraud; Defendants David
Anderson, Deanna L. Weidner, and “BankTrust/Officers / Employees” for “fraud
on the court”; and Defendant BankTrust, only, for breach of contract. (Doc. 1.)
Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo all the materials in the court
file, including the report and recommendation, the Court finds that the magistrate
judge’s report and recommendation are due to be ACCEPTED and ADOPTED with
regard to Plaintiff’s RICO claim. With respect to Plaintiff’s remaining state law
claims, the Court REJECTS the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation for
dismissal based on failure to state a claim and instead chooses to decline to exercise
jurisdiction over these claims. A district court may decline to exercise jurisdiction
over state law causes of action if “the district court has dismissed all claims over
which it had original jurisdiction.” 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c)(3); see also United Mine
Plaintiff filed a “Motion to Strike Anderson Weidner’s Response” for being filed one
day late. (Doc. 68.) Anderson & Weidner, David Anderson, and Deanna Weidner filed their
response to Plaintiff’s Objections at 3:53 a.m. on May 16, 2012. The deadline for filing was May
15, 2012. The Court construes the late filing as a motion for leave to file out of time, which is
GRANTED. Plaintiff’s Motion to Strike is DENIED.
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Workers v. Gibbs, 383 U.S. 715, 726 (1966). In the Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that the
Court has jurisdiction of this action under 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal question). It is
apparent the Court does not have diversity jurisdiction over the state law claims.
Because the Court is dismissing Plaintiff’s RICO action, it declines to exercise
jurisdiction over Plaintiff’s state law claims.
For these reasons, Defendants’ motions to dismiss (Docs. 27, 30, 31) will be
granted, and Plaintiff’s claims against those defendants who did not file motions will
also be dismissed sua sponte. A separate order will be entered.
Done this 3rd day of July 2012.
L. SCOTT COOGLER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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