Stevens v. Doe et al

Filing 35

ORDER notifying the parties that 29 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed by USA will be treated as a Motion for Summary Judgment. Plaintiff is directed to file a Response to that Motion within 30 days of the entry of this Order. Failure to timely comply with this Order may result in this case being dismissed, without prejudice. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 03/10/2015. (kcs)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION JIMMY DON STEVENS V. PLAINTIFF 4:14CV00379 JM/JTR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEFENDANT ORDER Defendants have filed a Motion to Dismiss and a Supporting Brief arguing that this action should be dismissed, without prejudice, because Plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. Docs. 29 & 30. Because Defendants have attached supporting documents in their Motion, it is more properly characterized as a Motion for Summary Judgment. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(d); Country Club Estates v. Town of Loma Linda, 213 F.3d 1001, 1005 (8th Cir. 2000) (providing that the party opposing the motion must be placed on notice that it is being construed as a request for summary judgment). Plaintiff must respond to that Motion. At the summary judgment stage, a plaintiff cannot rest upon mere allegations and, instead, must meet proof with proof. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). This means that Plaintiff’s Response must include his legal arguments, as well as affidavits,1 prison records, or other evidence establishing that there is a genuine issue of material fact that must be resolved at a hearing or trial. Finally, Plaintiff is advised that if he intends to rely on documents that have been previously filed in the record, he must specifically refer to those documents by docket number, page, date, and heading. The Court will not sift through the file to find support for Plaintiff’s factual contentions. See Crossley v. Georgia-Pacific, Corp., 355 F.3d 1112, 1113-14 (8th Cir. 2004) (affirming the grant of summary judgment because a plaintiff failed to properly refer to specific pages of the record that supported his position). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT: 1. The parties are notified that the Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 29) will be treated as a Motion for Summary Judgment. 2. Plaintiff must file a Response to that Motion within thirty days of the entry of this Order. 3. Plaintiff is advised that if he fails to timely do so, the case may be dismissed, without prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). 1 The affidavit must be based upon the personal knowledge of the person executing the affidavit and must be either: (1) sworn and subscribed to by a notary public; or (2) executed under penalty of perjury, as provided for by 28 U.S.C. § 1746. -2- Dated this 10th day of March, 2015. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE -3-

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