Clark v. Surprise Police Department et al

Filing 7

ORDER - IT IS ORDERED: Pla's 1 Complaint is dismissed without prejudice. Pla has until 3/27/09 to file an amended complaint consistent with this order. The Clerk of Court shall terminate this action without further notice if Pla fails to comply with this deadline. Pla's 3 Motion to Proceed in forma pauperis is denied as moot. Signed by Judge David G Campbell on 3/10/09. (SAT)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA K.L. Clark, Plaintiff, vs. Unknown, Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV-09-190-PHX-DGC ORDER Plaintiff K.L. Clark commenced this action by filing a pro se complaint. Dkt. #1. Plaintiff has filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. Dkt. #3. The Court will dismiss the complaint without prejudice and deny the motion as moot. I. Dismissal of the Complaint. Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that a complaint must contain a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court's jurisdiction, a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the plaintiff is entitled to relief, and a demand for the relief sought. Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(1)-(3). These pleading requirements shall be set forth in separate and discrete paragraphs and each such paragraph "must be simple, concise, and direct." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(d)(1). Plaintiff's complaint does not comply with the requirements of Rule 8. The complaint does not identify any defendants. While the complaint cites various federal statutes, it does not set forth a separate jurisdictional statement or provide a factual basis for claims under those statutes. The Court will dismiss the complaint without prejudice. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 II. Leave to Amend the Complaint. "A pro se litigant must be given leave to amend his or her complaint unless it is absolutely clear that the deficiencies of the complaint could not be cured by amendment." Karim-Panahi v. L.A. Police Dep't, 839 F.2d 621, 623 (9th Cir. 1988) (quotation marks and citations omitted). The Court will grant Plaintiff until March 27, 2009 to file an amended complaint. As required by Rule 8, the amended complaint must provide a clear statement of this Court's jurisdiction, the factual basis and specific legal theory supporting each claim, and the relief Plaintiff seeks. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a), (d). The amended complaint also must identify each defendant and give them "fair notice of what [Plaintiff's] claim is and the grounds upon which it is based." Holgate v. Baldwin, 425 F.3d 671, 676 (9th Cir. 2005). Vague references to violations of federal law are insufficient to satisfy even the liberal pleading requirements of Rule 8. See Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 127 S. Ct. 1955, 1974 (complaint must contain "enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face"). III. Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. Because the complaint will be dismissed without prejudice, the Court will deny as moot Plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis. Plaintiff may file another motion to proceed in forma pauperis if he decides to file an amended complaint as permitted by this order. Plaintiff is advised that his supporting financial affidavit must be complete. The instant affidavit does not indicate whether Plaintiff presently is employed. See Dkt. #3 1. IV. Plaintiff's Obligations. Plaintiff must become familiar with, and follow, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona ("Local Rules"), which may be obtained in the Clerk of Court's office. Plaintiff is advised that if he fails to prosecute this action or comply with the rules or any Court order, the Court may dismiss the action with prejudice pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). See Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1260 (9th Cir.1992). IT IS ORDERED: 1. Plaintiff's complaint (Dkt. #1) is dismissed without prejudice. -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2. Plaintiff has until March 27, 2009 to file an amended complaint consistent with this order. 3. The Clerk of Court shall terminate this action without further notice if Plaintiff fails to comply with this deadline. 4. Plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis (Dkt. #3) is denied as moot. DATED this 10th day of March, 2009. -3-

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