Shah v. Wingo et al
ORDER requesting both sides respond to this Court's order to submit additional pleadings by 1/8/2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe on 12/8/2015. (lej)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
REG # 43205-424
MICHELLE WINGO, Physician’s
Assistant, Forrest City Low Federal
Correctional Institution; et al.
Additional briefing is necessary on an issue that has not been addressed by either party.
Namely, should the date of Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint (Doc. No. 32) - April 7, 2015 - substitute
for the ‘institution’ of his FTCA claims? Or should the filing date of the original Complaint (Doc.
No. 2) on January 8, 2015, be controlling? This issue is relevant because Plaintiff contends he had
exhausted some FTCA claims on February 20, 2015, after waiting six months without an agency
response. (Doc. No. 84 at 1-2.)
The matter would be settled if Plaintiff were attempting to remedy previously unexhausted
FTCA claims which were filed in an original complaint. See McNeil v. United States, 508 U.S. 106,
112 (1993) (“In its statutory context, we think the normal interpretation of the word "institute" is
synonymous with the words "begin" and "commence." The most natural reading of the statute
indicates that Congress intended to require complete exhaustion of Executive remedies before
invocation of the judicial process.”). The question would also be settled if he had abandoned all
previous claims in favor of a new FTCA action. See Mackovich v. United States, 630 F.3d 1134,
1135-1136 (8th Cir. 2011) (“We reject the government's contention that the claim was premature
because this action was initially filed in August 2008, before the administrative claim was denied.
. . . [Claimant] abandoned his initial claim and commenced an entirely new action when he was
granted leave to file his July 2009 amended complaint.”) Here, however, Plaintiff retained his
original claims against his medical providers while adding new FTCA claims. (Doc. No. 32.)
In light of the foregoing, I request that both sides submit additional pleadings by January 8,
2016. I offer this opportunity in the interest of affording both parties every opportunity to address
the relevant issues before a recommendation is made.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 8th day of December, 2015.
JOE J. VOLPE
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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