Dorsey v. Miami Dade County et al
ORDER OF DISMISSAL. The Court thus denies Dorseys motion to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 3), as well as any other pending motions, as moot. Signed by Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr on 8/17/2017. (kpe) NOTICE: If there are sealed documents in this case, they may be unsealed after 1 year or as directed by Court Order, unless they have been designated to be permanently sealed. See Local Rule 5.4 and Administrative Order 2014-69.
United States District Court
Southern District of Florida
Hencile Dorsey, Sr., Plaintiff,
Miami-Dade County and others,
Civil Action No. 17-22608-Civ-Scola
Order of Dismissal
Plaintiff Hencile Dorsey, Sr. initially filed a complaint in this Court on
April 14, 2017 in case number 17-cv-21403-RNS (“Dorsey I”). In that case the
Court afforded Dorsey two opportunities to amend his complaint and
accommodated Dorsey’s several requests for extensions of time. When Dorsey
failed to comply with the Court’s deadline to file his second amended
complaint, the Court dismissed his complaint, albeit, as to certain claims,
without prejudice. Dorsey has now initiated another lawsuit, which was
transferred to this Court, by filing another complaint. This complaint fails to
address any of the Court’s concerns, raised in its order of dismissal in Dorsey I
and is in fact a near replica of that amended complaint. The new complaint
includes all twenty-five of the defendants named in the amended complaint in
Dorsey I and adds one more, Defendant Raquel Pena-Perez.
Once again, Dorsey has failed to address the Court’s concerns. To begin
with, and for the third time, the Court notes its concern that a final judgment
entered by Judge Jose M. Rodriguez in the Circuit Court of the Eleventh
Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, had ordered Dorsey “enjoined
from pursuing any action against the Properties that would affect or attempt to
affect any of the Defendants’ interests in the Properties.” (Dorsey I, Ex. L, Final
Judgment for Defs. ¶ 8, ECF No. 1-2, 75 (Apr. 14, 2017).) Again, the
defendants in that case included: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., 1445
LLC, HSBC Bank USA National Association, City of Miami Gardens, and
Zarann Beckford—all of whom were thereafter named as defendants in
Dorsey’s initial and amended complaints in Dorsey I. Similarly, all of the
properties at issue in the state-court case were also implicated in Dorsey I.
Because of the state court’s order, this Court pointedly ordered Dorsey to
“explain to the Court, should he choose to amend his complaint, why his
federal-court action does not run afoul of the state court’s order.” (Dorsey I,
Order Dismissing Compl., ECF No. 6, 4 (April 24, 2017).) Dorsey has now
disregarded the Court’s order in this regard for the second time and has again
included those state-court defendants, and the properties at issue in the state
case, in his new complaint. (See Counts 5 (City of Miami Gardens), 6 (City of
Miami Gardens), 9 (Beckford), 10 (Beckford), 11 (Deutsche Bank & Beckford),
12 (HSBC Bank & Beckford), and 13 (1445 LLC & Beckford).) For this failure
alone, Dorsey’s new complaint is due to be dismissed for failing to comply with
the Court’s multiple orders clearly directing him to address the state court’s
Additionally, in Dorsey I, the Court explained that Dorsey could not
maintain a Fifth Amendment takings claim against private individuals or
entities. Serpentfoot v. Rome City Comm’n, 322 F. App’x 801, 805 (11th Cir.
2009) (“The Fifth Amendment requires that the government pay just
compensation when it takes privately owned land for public use.”) (emphasis
added). In Dorsey I, the Court twice directed Dorsey that, “if he chose to
maintain claims against private individual or entities,” that he must “allege
facts from which the Court could infer such individuals or entities engaged in
state action or action in concert with a state official.” (Dorsey I, Order
Dismissing Compl., ECF No. 6, 3 (Apr. 25, 2017); Order Dismissing Am.
Compl., ECF No. 22, 1–2 (Jun. 2, 2017).) In his amended complaint in Dorsey I,
Dorsey failed to address this defect with respect to counts 11 through 16 and
the Court therefore dismissed all of those counts with prejudice. Dorsey has
once again alleged the majority of these claims in his new complaint. That is, in
counts 9 through 15 Dorsey once more improperly raises Fifth Amendment
takings claims against various private individuals and entities.
Dorsey has also once again alleged, in counts 7 and 8 of his new
complaint (which mirror counts 8 and 9 of his amended complaint in Dorsey I)
that Palmun Associates, Provincial Investments, Inc. and Sheldon Palley all
violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. 15 U.S.C. § 1691 et seq. These
claims, as the Court has already advised Dorsey, are time barred. In its order
dismissing the complaint in Dorsey I, the Court told Dorsey that if he intended
to reallege these claims, he would have to set forth “facts establishing that the
statute of limitations should be tolled.” (Dorsey I, Order Dismissing Am. Compl.
at 5.) Further, the Court explained that, in order to satisfy the requirements of
equitable tolling, Dorsey “must establish ‘extraordinary circumstances that are
both beyond his control and unavoidable even with diligence’ that prevented
him from timely filing his claims.” (Id. at n. 1 (quoting Sandvik v. United States,
177 F.3d 1269, 1271 (11th Cir.1999)).) Dorsey has not even attempted to
satisfy this showing.
The Court, in Dorsey I, also dismissed with prejudice counts 1, 2, 5, and
6 of Dorsey’s amended complaint. Counts 1, 2, 5, and 6 of Dorsey’s new
complaint are nearly identical to the corresponding counts of the amended
complaint in Doresy I. The only change the Court has been able to discern is
that the counts in the new complaint seek redress under “Fla. S. 94-359”
rather than the Fifth Amendment. This change does not salvage Dorsey’s
claims. First of all, the Court dismissed Dorsey’s claims with prejudice and
therefore they should not have been repleaded. Secondly, “Fla. S. 94-359” has
no bearing on Dorsey’s claims. Florida House Bill 591, which is what Dorsey
appears to be referring to, was passed in 1994 and provided compensation to
survivors and descendants of African-American victims of a racially-motivated
massacre that occurred in Rosewood, Florida in 1923. This has no bearing on
Lastly, counts 3 and 4 of the new complaint are also nearly identical to
counts 3 and 4 of the amended complaint in Dorsey I. Again, the only
difference is that Dorsey has substituted “Fla. S. 94-359” for the Fifth
Amendment. It appears that this change was motivated by the Court’s
admonishment that the statute of limitations had appeared to have run on
Dorsey’s takings claims. As explained above, Dorsey’s reliance on “Fla. S. 94359” is unavailing. Further, the Court, in Dorsey I, pointed out a number of
other deficiencies, besides the statute of limitations, in count 4. Dorsey has
failed to address any of these issues and has simply repleaded the same factual
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), courts may dismiss the case of a pro se
litigant who has not paid the filing fee “any time  the court determines that
. . . the action . . . (i) is frivolous or malicious; (ii) fails to state a claim on which
relief may be granted; or (iii) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is
immune from such relief.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). All of Dorsey’s claims are
frivolous and fail to state a claim on which relief may be granted. Dorsey has
been afforded multiple opportunities and copious direction from the Court to
plead viable claims. It is now clear that Dorsey cannot draft a complaint that
properly states a claim. Despite the Court’s repeatedly affording Dorsey the
utmost leeway in consideration of his status as a pro se plaintiff, he has
continually failed to address the deficiencies in his claims and, in fact, has
pointedly failed to comply with the Court’s orders—including repleading claims
that were previously dismissed with prejudice. Additionally, the Court notes
again, that Dorsey is not an inexperienced litigant: since 2010, he has filed no
fewer than twenty-five cases, and has been a defendant in ten others, in the
Miami-Dade County court system. At this point he should be well aware of his
obligations to comply with court orders.
Accordingly, the Court dismisses Dorsey’s complaint with prejudice.
The Court thus denies Dorsey’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No.
3), as well as any other pending motions, as moot. The Clerk is directed to
close this case.
Done and ordered, at Miami, Florida, on August 17, 2017.
Robert N. Scola, Jr.
United States District Judge
Hencile Dorsey, Sr.
P.O. Box 541453
Miami, Florida 33054
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