Hassan v. Arkansas Methodist Hospital Corporation

Filing 35

ORDER granting in part 25 Defendant's Motion to Dismiss; Plaintiff's remaining claims alleging civil rights violations are dismissed without prejudice; denying 29 Plaintiff's Motion to Amend/Correct Complaint; & finding moot 31 Defendant's Motion for Entry of Judgment under Rule 54(b). An appropriate Order of Judgment will be entered dismissing Plaintiff's Complaint in its entirety & confirming the arbitration awards. Signed by Judge William R. Wilson, Jr on 9/8/2010. (jct)

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Hassan v. Arkansas Methodist Hospital Corporation Doc. 35 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS JONESBORO DIVISION ADEL HASSAN vs. 3:10CV00100-WRW PLAINTIFF ARKANSAS METHODIST HOSPITAL CORPORATION d/b/a ARKANSAS METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER ORDER DEFENDANT Pending is Defendant's Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice (Doc. No. 25), to which Plaintiff has responded,1 and Defendant has replied.2 Defendant's motion is GRANTED in part. Also pending is Plaintiff's Motion to Amend/Correct Complaint (Doc. No. 29), which is DENIED, and Defendant's Motion for Entry of Judgment under Rule 54(b) (Doc. No. 31),3 which by this Order is MOOT. I. BACKGROUND The parties were engaged in arbitration on a breach of contract claim when Plaintiff filed his present Complaint requesting that I compel arbitration of his alleged civil rights counterclaims (under 42 U.S.C. 1981 and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993). I denied Plaintiff's request because those claims were not arbitrable.4 The arbitration proceeded and resolved in favor of Defendant. I confirmed Defendant's arbitration awards.5 Defendant now 1 Doc. No. 27. Doc. No. 30. Plaintiff's response is at Doc. No. 33. Doc. No. 10. Doc. No. 23. 1 Dockets.Justia.com 2 3 4 5 seeks dismissal with prejudice of Plaintiff's remaining claims, or, in the alternative, entry of partial judgment under Rule 54(b). II. DISCUSSION Because Plaintiff filed his Complaint with the primary purpose of compelling arbitration, it is unsurprising that his original Complaint contains no factual allegations supporting any claim of a civil rights violation, and instead contains only a recitation of the elements. Under Rule 12(b)(6), complaints must supply "more than labels and conclusions, and a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do."6 Accordingly, Plaintiff's civil rights claims are DISMISSED, but without prejudice; if Plaintiff wishes to pursue his alleged civil rights claims, he should do so on a clean slate. Defendant is entitled to timely Judgment on the arbitration issues that were the true subject of Plaintiff's Complaint. CONCLUSION Defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Doc. No. 25) is GRANTED in part: Plaintiff's remaining claims alleging civil rights violations are DISMISSED without prejudice. Plaintiff's Motion to Amend/Correct Complaint (Doc. No. 29) is DENIED, and Defendant's Motion for Entry of Judgment under Rule 54(b) (Doc. No. 31) is MOOT. An appropriate Order of Judgment will be entered dismissing Plaintiff's Complaint in its entirety and confirming the arbitration awards. IT IS SO ORDERED this 8th day of September, 2010. /s/Wm. R. Wilson, Jr. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Bell Atlantic Corporation v. Twombly, 127 S. Ct. 1955, 1964-1965 (2007) (citation omitted). 2 6

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