Pierre v. Aurora Loan Services, LLC et al
ORDER dismissing this action without prejudice, and denying without prejudice leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal, by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 9/8/14. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-01572-BNB
GERARD M. PIERRE,
AURORA LOAN SERVICES, LLC,
AURORA BANK FSB,
AURORA COMMERCIAL CORP.,
DALE & DECKER, INC.,
CITIMORTGAGE, INC., (“Citi”),
JACOB J. LEW (“Lew”), in his capacity as United States Secretary of the Treasury,
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY,
THOMAS J. CURRY (“Curry”), in his capacity as Comptroller of the Currency,
THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY,
MICHAEL E. FINN (“Finn”), in his capacity as Regional Director,
THE OFFICE OF THRIFT SUPERVISION,
SUE ALLON (“Allon”), in her capacity as Chief Executive Officer,
PROMONTORY FINANCIAL GROUP,
EUGENE LUDWIG (“Ludwig”), in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer
RUST CONSULTING, INC., and
KYLE BERNARD (“Rust”), in his capacity as General Counsel,
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Plaintiff, Gerard M. Pierre, initiated this action by filing pro se a complaint (ECF
No. 1). On June 13, 2014, Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland ordered Mr. Pierre to file
an amended complaint that clarifies the claims he is asserting. Magistrate Judge
Boland specifically determined that the complaint did not comply with the pleading
requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure because Mr. Pierre failed to
provide a short and plain statement of his claims showing he is entitled to relief.
Magistrate Judge Boland warned Mr. Pierre that the action would be dismissed without
further notice if he failed to file an amended complaint that complies with the pleading
requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
On July 24, 2014, Mr. Pierre filed a document titled “Amendment of Complaint”
(ECF No. 11) that did not comply with the order directing Mr. Pierre to file an amended
complaint. Therefore, on July 31, 2014, Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer entered a
second order directing Mr. Pierre to file an amended complaint that complies with the
pleading requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. On September 2, 2014,
Mr. Pierre filed an amended complaint (ECF No. 16).
The Court must construe the amended complaint liberally because Mr. Pierre is
not represented by an attorney. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972);
Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991). However, the Court should not
be an advocate for a pro se litigant. See Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110. For the reasons
discussed below, the action will be dismissed.
The Court has reviewed the amended complaint and finds that Mr. Pierre still
fails to comply with the pleading requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
The twin purposes of a pleading are to give the opposing parties fair notice of the basis
for the claims against them so that they may respond and to allow the Court to conclude
that the allegations, if proven, show that the plaintiff is entitled to relief. See Monument
Builders of Greater Kansas City, Inc. v. American Cemetery Ass’n of Kansas, 891 F.2d
1473, 1480 (10th Cir. 1989); see also Nasious v. Two Unknown B.I.C.E. Agents, 492
F.3d 1158, 1163 (10th Cir. 2007) (stating that a complaint “must explain what each
defendant did to him or her; when the defendant did it; how the defendant’s action
harmed him or her; and, what specific legal right the plaintiff believes the defendant
The requirements of Rule 8 are designed to meet these purposes. See TV
Communications Network, Inc. v. ESPN, Inc., 767 F. Supp. 1062, 1069 (D. Colo. 1991),
aff’d, 964 F.2d 1022 (10th Cir. 1992). Specifically, Rule 8(a) provides that a complaint
“must contain (1) a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court’s jurisdiction, .
. . (2) a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to
relief; and (3) a demand for the relief sought.” The philosophy of Rule 8(a) is reinforced
by Rule 8(d)(1), which provides that “[e]ach allegation must be simple, concise, and
direct.” Taken together, Rules 8(a) and (d)(1) underscore the emphasis placed on
clarity and brevity by the federal pleading rules. As a result, prolix, vague, or
unintelligible pleadings violate the requirements of Rule 8.
Mr. Pierre asserts fifteen claims for relief in the amended complaint that arise
under federal and state law. However, Mr. Pierre provides in support of his claims only
vague and conclusory factual allegations that do not set forth a short and plain
statement of his claims showing he is entitled to relief. As a result, Mr. Pierre fails to
give Defendants fair notice of the specific claims being asserted against them.
The general rule that pro se pleadings must be construed liberally has limits and
“the court cannot take on the responsibility of serving as the litigant’s attorney in
constructing arguments and searching the record.” Garrett v. Selby Connor Maddux &
Janer, 425 F.3d 836, 840 (10th Cir. 2005); see also United States v. Dunkel, 927 F.2d
955, 956 (7th Cir. 1991) (“Judges are not like pigs, hunting for truffles buried in briefs.”);
Ketchum v. Cruz, 775 F. Supp. 1399, 1403 (D. Colo. 1991) (vague and conclusory
allegations that his rights have been violated does not entitle a pro se pleader to a day
in court regardless of how liberally the pleadings are construed), aff’d, 961 F.2d 916
(10th Cir. 1992). “[I]n analyzing the sufficiency of the plaintiff’s complaint, the court need
accept as true only the plaintiff’s well-pleaded factual contentions, not his conclusory
allegations.” Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110. Because Mr. Pierre fails to provide a clear and
concise statement of the claims he is asserting, the Court finds that the amended
complaint must be dismissed for failure to file an amended pleading that complies with
Rule 8 as directed.
Furthermore, the Court certifies pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) that any
appeal from this order would not be taken in good faith and therefore in forma pauperis
status will be denied for the purpose of appeal. See Coppedge v. United States, 369
U.S. 438 (1962). If Plaintiff files a notice of appeal he also must pay the full $505
appellate filing fee or file a motion to proceed in forma pauperis in the United States
Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit within thirty days in accordance with Fed. R. App.
P. 24. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the complaint (ECF No. 1), the amended complaint (ECF No.
16), and the action are dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(b) of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure because Mr. Pierre failed to file a pleading that
complies with the pleading requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal is
denied without prejudice to the filing of a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma
pauperis on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this 8th
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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