Jones v. Pollock
ORDER adopting 59 Report and Recommendations in their entirety; therefore, deft's 45 Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED and pltf's complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 9/23/11. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
No. 4:10CV01462 JLH-JJV
JOSH POLLOCK, Jail Administrator,
Ashley County Detention Center
The Court has reviewed the Proposed Findings and Recommended Disposition submitted by
United States Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe and plaintiff’s objections. After carefully considering
the objections and making a de novo review of the record, the Court concludes that the Proposed
Findings and Recommended Disposition should be, and hereby are, approved and adopted in their
entirety as this Court’s findings in all respects.
After Magistrate Judge Volpe recommended dismissing the complaint because Pollock was
named only in his official capacity and Jones presented no evidence that the County had an
unconstitutional policy, Jones filed a motion for leave to amend the complaint to name Josh Pollock
in his individual capacity as the defendant in this case. That motion is denied because venue is
improper in this Court. In an action such as this, venue lies in the district where the defendant
resides or the district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim
occurred. 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). The complaint recites events that occurred in Ashley County,
Arkansas, and names as defendant Josh Pollock with an address in Ashley County, Arkansas.
Ashley County is in the El Dorado Division of the Western District of Arkansas, not the Eastern
District. 28 U.S.C. § 83. As Magistrate Judge Volpe noted in his Proposed Findings and
Recommended Disposition, the action was filed against Josh Pollock in his official capacity, which
is in effect an action against the County. While the County answered and did not raise improper
venue in the answer, Josh Pollock, individually, has not answered and therefore has not waived any
objection he may have to venue. The Court declines to permit an amendment to the complaint to
name a new defendant when venue does not lie in this Court. All other motions are denied as moot.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that:
Defendant’s motion for summary judgment (Document #45) is GRANTED; and
Plaintiff’s complaint (Document #2) against defendant is DISMISSED with prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 23rd day of September, 2011.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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