Holloway v. Arkansas, State of et al

Filing 3

ORDER DISMISSING CASE because it fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted. Plaintiff's 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis is denied. The Clerk is directed to close the case. Signed by Judge James M. Moody on 9/12/08. (jct)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION PU-BI HOLLOWAY V. NO. 4:08CV001975 DEFENDANTS ORDE R Plaintiff has filed the following documents pro se: (1) Application to proceed in forma pauperis and (2) Complaint. After reviewing Plaintiff's pro se Complaint, the Court finds that the Complaint should be, and hereby is, dismissed sua sponte for lack of jurisdiction. Plaintiff's Complaint states in part as follows: Plaintiff alleges that this Court has subject matter jurisdiction of this action and that jurisdiction is proper in this Court as the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.00 exclusive of interest and costs, and there is diversity of citizenship among the Plaintiff and Defendants. Plaintiff is a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas. She claims that the State of Arkansas had her committed to the Arkansas State Hospital based on false statements and while committed she was forced to take certain medications which injured her. Plaintiff seeks monetary damages. Because Plaintiff is a resident of the State of Arkansas and she is suing the State and the Arkansas State Hospital the Court does not have diversity jurisdiction over the cause of action. Further, the state and its agencies enjoy sovereign immunity. Even if the Court were to ignore Plaintiff's statement asserting jurisdiction based upon diversity and find that Plaintiff intends to bring a federal cause of action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, Plaintiff's Complaint fails. The Eleventh Amendment bars a 1983 suit against the State and the Arkansas State Hospital is not a PLAINTIFF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS and THE ARKANSAS STATE HOSPITAL person for purposes of 1983. Will v. Michigan Dep't of State Police, 491 U.S. 58 (1989). Accordingly, Plaintiff's complaint is hereby dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Under 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2), the Court must dismiss a case in which an application to proceed in forma pauperis is pending if the Court finds that "the action or appeal- (ii) fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted. . . ." 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii). Accordingly, Plaintiff's case must be dismissed because it fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted. Plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis (Docket #1) is denied. The Clerk is directed to close the case. IT IS SO ORDERED this 12th day of September, 2008. _____________________________ James M. Moody United States District Judge 2

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