Williams v. Helder et al
ORDER adopting in part 34 Report and Recommendations and granting 26 Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on September 28, 2016. (tg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JOSHUA JAY WILLIAMS
Case No. 5:14-CV-05370
NURSE RHONDA BRADLEY
Currently before the Court are the proposed findings and recommendations (Doc. 34) of
the Honorable Mark E. Ford, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
The time for filing objections has passed, and no objections have been filed by any party.
The Court has reviewed this case and finds that the report and recommendation should be
ADOPTED IN PART.
The Court agrees entirely with the Magistrate’s report and
recommendations regarding Plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims. While the Court also agrees with
and adopts the analysis and general findings contained in the Magistrate’s report as they relate to
Plaintiff’s other claims, the Court declines to adopt the Magistrate’s ultimate recommendation on
the official capacity claim and the breach of contract claim against Nurse Rhonda Bradley.
In a prior order (Doc. 24), the Court adopted in its entirety a report and recommendation
(Doc. 22) from Judge Ford that included dismissal without prejudice of all official capacity claims
against Bradley. Given that these claims have been dismissed without prejudice, and have not
been reintroduced to this lawsuit by amended complaint, there are no official capacity claims for
the Court to dismiss.
Regarding the breach of contract claim against Bradley, the Court adopts the Magistrate’s
analysis that it is appropriate to decline supplemental jurisdiction over this state law claim because
Plaintiff’s § 1983 claims, his only federal claims, will be dismissed. However, declining to
exercise jurisdiction does not require dismissal with prejudice, and the Court will therefore dismiss
the breach of contract claim without prejudice.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant Rhonda Bradley’s motion for summary
judgment (Doc. 26) is GRANTED. Plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims against Bradley are
DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
Plaintiff’s breach of contract claim against Bradley is
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Judgment will be entered accordingly.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 28th day of September, 2016.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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