Johnson v. Estes Express Lines Inc et al
ORDER granting 2 defts' Motion to Dismiss and dismissing this case without prejudice. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 6/7/11. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MARY JOHNSON, Next of Kin and Heir
to the Estate of Roy Johnson, Jr.
ESTES EXPRESS LINES INC. and
JOHN SCOTT DUNKLE
Pending is Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (Doc. No. 2). Plaintiff has responded.1 As set
out below, the Motion is GRANTED.
Plaintiff brings this action under Arkansas’s wrongful death2 and survival3 statutes as the
surviving spouse of the decedent, Roy Johnson, Jr. As she concedes, however, Plaintiff is not
the personal representative of Mr. Johnson’s estate at this time.4 The personal representative of
an estate must be the party to bring both a survival action5 and a wrongful death action.6
Doc. No. 4.
Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-102.
Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-101.
In fact, the estate’s personal representative has filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of
Prairie County, Arkansas. (Doc. No. 3-3.)
See Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-101(a)(1) (“an action may be maintained . . . by [the
decedent’s] executor or administrator”); Norton v. Luttrell, 99 Ark. App. 109, 111, 257 S.W.3d
580, 581 (“a survival action cannot be filed by an heir but must be brought by the estate through
an executor or administrator”).
See Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-102(b) (“Every action shall be brought by and in the name
of the personal representative of the deceased person.”); Davenport v. Lee, 348 Ark. 148, 72
S.W.3d 85 (2002) (where a personal representative has been appointed, “every wrongful-death
action must be brought by and in the name of the personal representative”).
Accordingly, Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for lack of standing is GRANTED.7 This
case is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 7th day of June, 2011.
/s/Billy Roy Wilson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Even if this were considered a motion for summary judgment, as Plaintiff urges, the
result would be the same. The material fact upon which this motion turns—someone other than
Plaintiff has been appointed personal representative of the estate—is undisputed.
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