White v. Stamps, Arkansas, City of et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 35 Report and Recommendations; denying 33 Motion to Freeze a Bank Account at Bodcaw Bank. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on October 29, 2012. (cap)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
VICTOR WHITE JR.
CASE NO. 4:11-cv-4058
CITY OF STAMPS, ARKANSAS
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed October 4, 2012 by the
Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
(ECF No. 35). Judge Bryant has examined Plaintiff’s Motion to Freeze a Bank Account at
Bodcaw Bank (ECF No. 33) and Defendant’s Response. (ECF No. 34). Judge Bryant
recommends that the motion be denied. Petitioner has filed an objection to Judge Bryant’s report.
(ECF No. 36). After conducting a de novo review of the record, the Court adopts Judge Bryant’s
Report and Recommendation as its own.
Plaintiff seeks to freeze a bank account at Bodcaw Bank that Defendant presumably
controls until after the trial in this matter is concluded. The Court construes Plaintiff’s motion as
a motion for preliminary injunction. Judge Bryant found that Plaintiff failed to assert any factual
basis that would allow for such injunctive relief. In Plaintiff’s objection to Judge Bryant’s report,
he seems to describe why the account at Bodcaw Bank is relevant to his case, but stops short of
establishing facts that warrant injunctive relief.
A district court balances four factors when ruling on a preliminary injunction: “(1) the
likelihood of the movant's success on the merits; (2) the threat of irreparable harm to the movant
in the absence of relief; (3) the balance between that harm and the harm that the relief would
cause to the other litigants; and (4) the public interest.” Watkins Inc. v. Lewis, 346 F.3d 841, 844
(8th Cir. 2003). The party seeking the injunctive relief bears the burden of proving these factors.
Id. “Failure to show irreparable harm is an independently sufficient ground upon which to deny a
preliminary injunction.” Id.
Here, Plaintiff fails to demonstrate irreparable injury, or for that matter, any of the other
requisite factors for a preliminary injunction. Accordingly, the Court adopts Judge Bryant’s
Report and Recommendation in its entirety. Therefore, Plaintiff’s Motion to Freeze a Bank
Account at Bodcaw Bank (ECF No. 33) is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 29th day of October, 2012.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Hon. Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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