Squires et al v. Pennington et al
ORDER re 7 Amended Complaint filed by William J Squires. The Court will grant the Plaintiffs one final opportunity in which to submit an Amended Complaint in accordance with the instructions set forth in the September 17, 2013 Order 6 and with this Order. The Amended Complaint must be filed within 20 days of the date of this Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 10/1/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
WILLIAM J. SQUIRES, ADC # 144213,
and AARON J. TANNER, ADC #132875
BRUCE PENNINGTON, et al.
Plaintiffs have now submitted an Amended Complaint (Doc. No. 7) in accordance with the
Court’s September 17, 2013 Order (Doc. No. 6). However, the document is signed only by Plaintiff
Squires, and most of the allegations appear to relate only to Plaintiff Squires. It is unclear to the
Court what allegations, if any, relate to Plaintiff Tanner, and whether Plaintiff Tanner intends to
continue with the prosecution of this case.
To survive a court's 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) and 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(c)(1) screening, a
complaint must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to “state a claim to relief that
is plausible on its face.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009), citing Bell Atlantic Corp. v.
Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 547 (2007). A claim has facial plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual
content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the
misconduct alleged. Twombly, 550 U.S. at 556-57. The plausibility standard is not akin to a
“probability requirement,” but it asks for more than a sheer possibility that a defendant has acted
unlawfully. Where a complaint pleads facts that are “merely consistent with” a defendant's liability,
it “stops short of the line between possibility and plausibility of entitlement to relief.” Id.
Therefore, the Court will grant the Plaintiffs one final opportunity in which to submit an
Amended Complaint in accordance with the instructions set forth in the September 17, 2013 Order.
The Amended Complaint should clearly specify the claims set forth by each of the Plaintiffs against
each of the Defendants, and should be signed by both Plaintiffs. Accordingly,
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiffs shall have one final opportunity in which
to submit an Amended Complaint in accordance with the directions set forth in this Order and in the
September 17, 2013 Order, within twenty days of the date of this Order. Failure to comply with this
Order may result in the dismissal without prejudice of some of Plaintiffs’ claims for failure to state
a claim upon which relief may be granted.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 1st day of October, 2013.
JEROME T. KEARNEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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