Coley v. Floyd et al

Filing 23

ORDER denying plaintiff's appeal. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 9/24/12. (kpr)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS HELENA DIVISION ANTONIO DEMARION COLEY ADC #92842 v. PLAINTIFF NO: 2:12CV00160 KGB/HDY MARYBETH FLOYD eta!. DEFENDANTS ORDER Plaintiff filed a pro se complaint on August 7, 2012, alleging that he was denied adequate medical treatment for Fournier's syndrome in August and September of20 10. On August 30, 2012, United States Magistrate Judge H. David Young granted two motions to amend which had been filed by Plaintiff (Dkt. No. 13). Judge Young denied plaintiffs third motion to amend, finding that plaintiffs proposed claims against the corporate entity providing medical services to inmates were based on an impermissible respondeat superior theory (Dkt. No. 17). Plaintiffhas now appealed that decision to the undersigned (Dkt. No. 20). Federal law provides: Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary(A) a judge may designate a magistrate judge to hear and determine any pretrial matter pending before the court, except a motion for injunctive relief, for judgment on the pleadings, for summary judgment, to dismiss or quash an indictment or information made by the defendant, to suppress evidence in a criminal case, to dismiss or to permit maintenance of a class action, to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, and to involuntarily dismiss an action. A judge of the court may reconsider any pretrial matter under this subparagraph (A) where it has been shown that the magistrate judge's order is clearly erroneous or contrary to law. 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(l)(A). See also Local Rule 72.1.VII.B. Nothing in Judge Young's order is clearly erroneous or contrary to law. Plaintiffs original complaint makes clear that he was seen for his condition in the prison infirmary the day after he submitted a request. A little more than a week later, plaintiffs condition was treated at a hospital. There is no allegation that a corporate policy prevented care, but rather that plaintiff disagrees with the care that was being provided by the individual medical professionals or actions/inactions ofArkansas Department of Correction officials. Plaintiff believes discovery requests may reveal information upon which he can base a claim against the corporation. If so, plaintiff can present his factual allegations in a later motion to amend. Accordingly, plaintiffs appeal (Dkt. No. 20) is DENIED. SO ORDERED this 2.~ day of September, 2012. Kristine G. Baker United States District Judge 2

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