Anwar v. Department of Revenue Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles et al
ORDER Directing Plaintiff to File An Amended Complaint, by Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland on 7/10/2014. (morti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-01914-BNB
AZFAR J. ANWAR,
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, COLORADO DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES, and
ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE
AN AMENDED COMPLAINT
Plaintiff, Azfar J. Anwar, currently resides in Lakewood, Colorado. Plaintiff
initiated this action by filing pro se a Complaint pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 3001, and 42
U.S.C. §§ 12101, 12131, 12201(b), (d), and (f), and 12203(a) and (b).
The Court must construe the Complaint liberally because Plaintiff 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). The Court, however, should not act as
a pro se litigant’s advocate. See Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110. For the following reasons, the
Court will direct Plaintiff to file an Amended Prisoner Complaint.
Plaintiff states the background of his case is that
[t]he Colorado Department of Revenue[ ] has intimate
knowledge of physical injury with Colorado Division of Motor
Vehicles, based on verifying physician information for
parking sign of handicap accommodation. Plaintiff alleges
personal involvement in decision to refuse, as also under
racial profiling defendant(s) are contractually required to
In the claims section of the Complaint form, rather than identify claims, Plaintiff
sets forth six paragraphs. Each of the paragraphs are identified with one of the six
federal statutes Plaintiff lists in the jurisdiction section of the form. Finally, Plaintiff
requests the following relief:
All Colorado State issued or negatively altered by state issue
to reflect assistive technology complete affordance(s).
Monetary compensation to reflect rightful negative data of
judgement owed portion for bank levy and paycheck
garnishment. CBI order to remove current and also
retroactive now illegal life hindrance data, against non-felon
housing & bear arms.
The Court finds that the Complaint does not comply with the pleading
requirements of Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The twin purposes of a
complaint 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 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).
The requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 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. Prolix pleadings violate the requirements of Rule 8.
Plaintiff fails to set forth a short and plain statement of his claims showing that he
is entitled to relief. The allegations in each of the six paragraphs for the most part are
prolix and unintelligible. A careful review, however, of the allegations indicates Plaintiff
is attempting to challenge a denial of his driver’s license in violation of the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA). Plaintiff claims in a conclusory and vague manner
throughout each of the six paragraphs that the denial is discriminatory and retaliatory,
but he does not assert how he is disabled, why the license was denied, and what
specifically someone did to discriminate and retaliate against him in violation of the
A decision to dismiss a complaint pursuant to Rule 8 is within the trial court’s
sound discretion. See Atkins v. Northwest Airlines, Inc., 967 F.2d 1197, 1203 (8th Cir.
1992); Gillibeau v. City of Richmond, 417 F.2d 426, 431 (9th Cir. 1969). The Court,
however, will give Plaintiff an opportunity to cure the deficiencies in the Complaint by
submitting an Amended Complaint that meets the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8.
To state a claim in federal court Plaintiff must explain (1) what a defendant did to
him; (2) when the defendant did it; (3) how the defendant’s action harmed him; and (4)
what specific legal right the defendant violated. Nasious v. Two Unknown B.I.C.E.
Agents, 492 F.3d 1158, 1163 (10th Cir. 2007). Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Plaintiff file an Amended Complaint that complies with the above
directives, within thirty days from the date of this Order. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall obtain the Court-approved Complaint
form, along with the applicable instructions at www.cod.uscourts.gov, to be used in filing
the Amended Complaint. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that if Plaintiff fails to comply with this Order within the
time allowed the Court shall proceed to review the merits of the claims as stated in the
Complaint filed on July 9, 2014.
DATED July 10, 2014, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Boyd N. Boland
United States Magistrate Judge
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