Jackson v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Company et al
ORDER granting deft's 7 Motion to Dismiss Case With Prejudice; judgment will be entered accordingly. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 3/14/12. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CLAY V. JACKSON
FIREMAN’S FUND INSURANCE
COMPANY and ARKANSAS
NO: 4:11CV00905 SWW
Plaintiff Clay V. Jackson, proceeding pro se, brings this action against Fireman’s Fund
Insurance Company (“Fireman’s Fund”) and the Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission.
Before the Court is Fireman’s Fund’s motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure (docket entries #7, #8), Jackson’s response in opposition (docket entry
22), and Fireman’s Fund’s reply (docket entry #24). After careful consideration, and for reasons
that follow, the motion to dismiss will be granted, and this action will be dismissed with
In deciding whether Jackson states a claim for which relief can be granted, the Court
must accept the factual allegations in the complaint as true and hold Jackson’s pro se complaint
"to less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers . . . .” Haines v. Kerner,
404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972). However, such liberal pleading standards apply only to factual
allegations. See Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 330 n. 9 (1989). To state a claim for relief, a
pro se pleading must set forth allegations sufficient to state a claim as a matter of law and must
not contain merely conclusory allegations. Martin v. Sargent, 780 F.2d 1334, 1337 (8th Cir.
Jackson filed this action on a form complaint intended for employment discrimination
cases, alleging that Defendants discriminated against him on the basis of disability and race by
failing to pay him insurance benefits for an on-the-job injury. According to the complaint
allegations, Defendants discriminated against him in 1987 when they denied his application for
benefits for physical injuries he suffered while working for non-party Charles Brooks. Jackson
acknowledges that he has never worked for either defendant. See docket entry #22.
Jackson fails to allege facts to support claims for disability or race discrimination. The
complaint shows only that Jackson has been involved in a protracted dispute over a claim for
insurance benefits. Jackson presents no facts suggesting that his race or disability played a role
in that dispute.
Even with the benefit of liberal construction, Jackson’s complaint does not describe any
acts or omissions on the part of either defendant that would entitle him to relief under any federal
civil rights statute. Accordingly, Jackson’s complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief
can be granted.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant’s motion to dismiss (docket entry #7)
is GRANTED. Pursuant to the judgment entered together with this order, this action is
DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 14th DAY OF MARCH, 2012.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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