Oliveros v. AT & T Telecomunications
ORDER DISMISSING CASE without prejudice. Signed by Judge Darrin P. Gayles on 10/11/2017. (lh00)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 17-cv-23672-GAYLES
ABEL A. OLIVEROS,
ORDER DISMISSING CASE WITHOUT PREJUDICE
THIS CAUSE came before the Court sua sponte. Plaintiff Abel A. Oliveros, appearing
pro se, filed a Complaint (“Complaint”) [ECF No. 1] and motion to proceed in forma pauperis
[ECF No. 3] on October 6, 2017. Pursuant to the screening provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), the
court must dismiss a case if it determines that “the action or appeal (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)(B). Upon initial screening,
the Court finds that Plaintiff’s Complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
To state a claim for relief, a pleading 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.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a). “A
complaint fails to state a claim if it fails to plead ‘enough facts to state a claim to relief that is
plausible on its face.’” Smith v. Attorney Gen., 637 F. App’x 574, 574 (11th Cir. 2016) (quoting
Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007)). In addition, “[a] party must state its claims
or defenses in numbered paragraphs, each limited as far as practicable to a single set of
circumstances.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 10(b). A party should also state its claims in separate counts to
promote clarity. Id.
“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). “When it appears that a pro se plaintiff's complaint, if more carefully drafted,
might state a claim, the district court should give the pro se plaintiff an opportunity to amend his
complaint instead of dismissing it.” Humphrey v. Sec’y, U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., 597 F.
App’x 571, 573 (11th Cir. 2014) (citation omitted). “However, this leniency 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.” Odion v. Google Inc., 628 F. App’x 635, 637 (11th Cir. 2015)
(citations and internal quotation marks omitted).
Plaintiff’s Complaint attempts to allege a claim sounding in employment discrimination or
retaliation. However, from the allegations in the Complaint the Court cannot discern what causes
of action are being alleged by Plaintiff or what relief is being sought by Plaintiff. See Fed. R. Civ.
P. 8(a). In addition, the Court notes that Plaintiff’s Complaint has failed to comply with Rule
10(b) as none of the paragraphs are numbered and none of the claims are set out in separate
counts. Furthermore, and most importantly, Plaintiff has not articulated a legal basis for the Court
to exercise jurisdiction over his claims. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a).
Consequently, the Court is authorized under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) to dismiss the
action. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice and
Plaintiff is granted leave to file an amended complaint within twenty (20) days of the entry of this
Order. Failure to file an amended complaint within the specified period will result in the dismissal
of this action with prejudice without further notice.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida, this 11th day of October, 2017.
DARRIN P. GAYLES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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