Dawkins v. Yahoo et al
ORDER Dismissing Complaint Without Prejudice. Amended Complaint may be filed by 1/14/2012. Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 12/15/11. (tp)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 11-62647-CIV-DIMITROULEAS/SNOW
ELKINO DENARDO DAWKINS, SR.,
YAHOO, FACEBOOK, AND GOOGLE, INC.,
ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT WITHOUT PREJUDICE
THIS MATTER is before the Court sua sponte.
Plaintiff filed a Complaint and Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis on December 14,
2011. [DE 1, 3]. Because Plaintiff is requesting to proceed in forma pauperis, the screening
provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) are applicable. That section requires the Court to dismiss
the case at any time if the Court determines that the action is frivolous or fails to state a claim on
which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2).
“Pro se pleadings are held to a less stringent standard than pleadings drafted by attorneys
and will, therefore, be liberally construed.” Tannenbaum v. United States, 148 F.3d 1262, 1263
(11th Cir. 1998). This leniency, however, does not give a court license to serve as de facto
counsel for a party or to rewrite an otherwise deficient pleading in order to sustain an action. GJR
Investments, Inc. v. County of Escambia, 132 F.3d 1359, 1369 (11th Cir. 1998); Pontier v. City of
Clearwater, 881 F. Supp. 1565, 1568 (M.D. Fla. 1995). Furthermore, Rule 8(a) of the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure requires that a pleading shall contain “a short and plain statement of the
claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a). Allegations that consist
of nothing more than legal conclusions are insufficient. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937,
The material portion of Plaintiff’s Complaint reads “I ... sue [Defendants] for the sum of
Complaint is devoid of factual allegations and is simply a legal conclusion. Therefore, it must be
dismissed for failure to state a claim.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED as follows:
1. Plaintiff Elkino Denardo Dawkins, Sr.’s Complaint [DE 1] is hereby DISMISSED
with leave to refile an Amended Complaint by January 14, 2012, that comports with the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Southern District of Florida Local Rules, and this
2. In redrafting an amended complaint, the Plaintiff shall set forth each legal claim in a
separate count. Further, each count shall state with specificity both the factual and legal
basis for each claim it sets forth. Other numbered paragraphs may be incorporated by
reference but this must be done with particular care so that only relevant paragraphs are
referenced. It is impermissible to attempt a wholesale incorporation by reference of all
preceding paragraphs. A failure to comply with this order may result in a dismissal with
prejudice of this action.
3. Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis [DE 3] is hereby DENIED
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, this
15th day of December, 2011.
Copies furnished to:
1300 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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