Winston v. Payne et al
ORDER ADOPTING 20 Partial Report and Recommendations in their entirety; therefore, defts' 14 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is granted in part and denied in part; the motion is granted with respect to pltf's claims against them in their official capacities, and those claims are dismissed; the motion is denied in all other respects; pltf's 16 Motion to Supplement the complaint is granted, and the proposed amendment is deemed filed concurrently with the entry of this Order. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 5/3/13. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CHARLES A. WINSTON,
No. 2:12CV00237 JLH-JTK
DEXTER PAYNE, et al.
The Court has received proposed findings and recommendations from United States
Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney. After review of the proposed findings and recommendations
and the timely objections, as well as a de novo review of the record, the Court adopts the proposed
findings and recommendations in their entirety. With respect to the objections filed by the defendants,
the Court adds these brief comments. Although the defendants may be correct as to the purpose of
a supplemental pleading as that term is used in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Winston’s
motion to supplement is appropriately regarded as a motion to amend, which is, in effect, how
Magistrate Judge Kearney treated it. With respect to the larger issue relating to the merits of the
claim, the arguments advanced by the defendants can best be considered by the Court in the context
of a motion for summary judgment. It may be that the undisputed facts, as shown by a properly
supported motion for summary judgment, confirm the accuracy of the arguments on the merits made
by the defendants. The issue presently, however, is not whether the defendants are entitled to
summary judgment but whether the plaintiff has stated a claim upon which relief can be granted.
After a de novo review, the Court agrees with Magistrate Judge Kearney that the plaintiff has stated
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that the defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings
is granted in part and denied in part. Document #14. The motion for judgment on the pleadings is
granted with respect to the plaintiff’s claims against them in their official capacities, and those claims
are dismissed. The defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings is denied in all other respects.
The plaintiff’s motion to supplement the complaint is granted as a motion for leave to amend, and the
proposed amendment is deemed filed concurrently with the entry of this Order. Document #16. The
defendants have already filed an answer and they need not file another one, though they may choose
to do so.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 3rd day of May, 2013.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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