Vickers v. Inergy Transportation LLC et al
ORDER granting defts' 6 MOTION to Dismiss Complaint of Jason Vickers; the complaint is dismissed without prejudice; Jason Vickers will be given 30 days to file a motion for leave to amend his complaint as directed. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 8/6/12. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
SCOTT HENDRICKS individually and
on behalf of a class of similarly situated persons
No. 4:12CV00069 JLH (Lead)
INERGY, L.P.; and
INERGY PROPANE, L.L.C.
* * * * * * consolidated with * * * * * *
JASON VICKERS, individually and on
behalf of all other persons similarly situated
No. 4:12CV00136 JLH
INERGY TRANSPORTATION, LLC;
INERGY, L.P.; and INERGY HOLDINGS, L.P.
Jason Vickers commenced this action against Inergy Transportation, LLC, Inergy, L.P., and
Inergy Holdings, L.P., pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., and the
Minimum Wage Act of the State of Arkansas, Ark. Code Ann. §§ 11-4-201 et seq. The defendants
have moved to dismiss the complaint pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) or, in the alternative, for a more
definite statement. Vickers has responded with fairly cursory arguments to the effect that the
complaint states a claim upon which relief should be granted. Vickers requests, however, if any
portion of the complaint is found not to state a claim that he be given an opportunity to amend.
Without going into detail at this time, it does appear that some of Vickers’ essential allegations
consist of nothing more than conclusions and that some aspects of his complaint appear to seek relief
of the sort that he does not have standing to seek. Because Vickers is entitled to and has requested
an opportunity to amend should the Court find that any portion of his complaint fails to state a claim,
the Court will grant the motion to dismiss and grant Vickers an opportunity to amend, while reserving
comment on the legal issues unless and until it becomes necessary to address them. Specifically,
Vickers should make sure that he pleads claims with sufficient specificity to satisfy the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure and that he has standing to seek all of the relief that he requests. With respect to
the arguments asserted by the defendants related to the putative FLSA collective action and the Rule
23 class action, the Court will reserve ruling unless and until there is a motion to certify a class action,
a collective action, or both.
The motion to dismiss is therefore granted. Document #6. The complaint of Jason Vickers
is dismissed without prejudice. Jason Vickers will be given thirty (30) days within which to file a
motion for leave to amend. Pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(e), the proposed amended complaint should
be attached to the motion for leave to amend.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 6th day of August, 2012.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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