Nickerson v. Shores et al

Filing 9

ORDER directing Plaintiff to file a response to 5 MOTION to Dismiss within 14 days of the date of this order. Clerk is directed to provide a copy of FRCP 12 and FRCP 41 to Plaintiff. Signed by Magistrate Judge Benjamin W. Cheesbro on 1/8/21. (Attachments: # 1 FRCP 12, # 2 FRCP 41) (slt) Modified on 1/8/2021 (slt).

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Case 4:20-cv-00311-WTM-BWC Document 9 Filed 01/08/21 Page 1 of 2 FILED John E. Triplett, Acting Clerk United States District Court By STaylor at 3:12 pm, Jan 08, 2021 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA SAVANNAH DIVISION WAYNE E. NICKERSON, Plaintiff, CIVIL ACTION NO.: 4:20-cv-311 v. CHIEF RAYMOND SHORES: CAPTAIN RAYMOND FOWLER; and CHRIS LOWELL, Defendants. ORDER This matter is before the Court on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint. Doc. 5. A motion to dismiss is dispositive in nature, meaning that granting a motion to dismiss could result in the dismissal of individual claims or an entire action. Consequently, the Court is reluctant to rule on the Motion to Dismiss without providing Plaintiff an opportunity to respond or advising Plaintiff of the consequences for failing to respond. 1 Accordingly, the Court ORDERS Plaintiff to file a response either opposing or indicating his lack of opposition to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss within 14 days of the date of this Order. If Plaintiff fails to file a timely response, the Court will presume Plaintiff does not oppose the Motion and may dismiss individual claims or the entire action. See Local R. 7.5 (“Failure to respond . . . shall indicate that there is no opposition to a motion.”). 1 Granting a motion to dismiss without affording a plaintiff either notice or an opportunity to be heard is disfavored. Tazoe v. Airbus S.A.S., 631 F.3d 1321, 1336–37 (11th Cir. 2011); see also Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 329–30 (1989) (A notice of a motion to dismiss “alert[s plaintiff] to the legal theory underlying the defendant’s challenge” and enables him to meaningfully respond “by opposing the motion to dismiss on legal grounds or by clarifying his factual allegations so as to conform with the requirements of a valid legal cause of action.”). Case 4:20-cv-00311-WTM-BWC Document 9 Filed 01/08/21 Page 2 of 2 To ensure Plaintiff’s response is made with fair notice of the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding motions to dismiss generally, the Court DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to provide a copy of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12 and 41 when serving this Order upon Plaintiff. SO ORDERED, this 8th day of January, 2021. ____________________________________ BENJAMIN W. CHEESBRO UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA 2

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