Watkins et al v. Arkansas, State of et al

Filing 62

ORDER denying 54 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim; granting 56 Motion for Reconsideration ; denying 57 Motion for Judgment. Second amended complaint is due by January 31st. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 1/15/14. (kpr)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION TIMOTHY WATKINS v. PLAINTIFF No. 4:12-cv-555-DPM BILLY'S TRUCKING DEFENDANT ORDER 1. Billy's Trucking's motion to dismiss, NQ 54, is denied. The facts are thin, but Watkins has said enough to state claims against Billy's. It's undisputed that Billy's moved the truck from the roadside; it's plausible that Billy's left the truck unsecured in its lot; Watkins could have had some items stolen; and this could have contributed to the black mark on Watkins's "DAC Report." This is enough to push this prose complaint forward. The law is too unsettled on the availability of a good-faith defense for Billy's against the constitutional claims. On the arguments made, the motion fails. Compare Filarsky v. Delia, 132 S.Ct. 1657 (2012). 2. The Court construes Watkins's motion to reconsider, NQ 56, as a motion to amend his complaint to add individual-capacity claims against Officers Smith and Perkins. Watkins sued them originally, but made only official-capacity claims for damages against them. Those claims were barred. NQ 20. The motion to amend is granted. FED. R. Crv. P. lS(a)(l)(B). Watkins must file his proposed amended complaint by 31 January 2014. The embedded motion for appointment of counsel is denied for the reasons previously stated. NQ 8. 3. Watkins's motion for judgment against Billy's, NQ 57, is denied. Billy's answerisnotoverdue, FED.R.Crv.P.l2(a)(4)(A); the company's timely motion to dismiss postponed the need to answer. * * * Motion to dismiss, NQ 54, denied. Motion for judgment, NQ 57, denied. Motion, NQ 56, granted. Second amended complaint due by January 31st. So Ordered. {I D.P. Marshall Jr. United States District Judge -2-

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