Bentz et al v. Godinez et al
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that REED and PEREZ are absolved of their obligation to pay the filing fee in this action. NELSON, however, remains obligated to pay the fee, pursuant to this Courts Order at Doc. 98. All three of these individuals remain dismis sed from this action with prejudice. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that JEFFREY BLANEY is TERMINATED from this action. The Clerk is DIRECTED to open a new case for Blaney. The CLERK is further DIRECTED to send a copy of this Order to Plaintiffs Blaney, Bentz, Fields, Diaz, and Crenshaw. Signed by Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan on 10/13/2017. (tjk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
DAVID ROBERT BENTZ, et al.,
SALVADOR GODINEZ, et al.,
Case No. 17-cv-315-MJR
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
REAGAN, Chief District Judge:
This matter is once again before the Court for case management.
On August 8, 2017, this Court issued an Order dismissing several plaintiffs from this
action for various reasons. (Doc. 98). Dismissed plaintiffs Reed, Nelson, and Perez filed
responses to this Court's Order (Doc. 98) indicating they had not signed any complaint or other
document in this action, despite the appearance of their signatures on one or more documents,
and seeking absolution from responsibility for paying the filing fee in this action because of this.
See (Docs. 119, 114, 120). The Court ordered these plaintiffs to file affidavits under penalty of
perjury attesting that they had not signed the filings in this case or were not aware that
documents they signed would be filed in a lawsuit. (Docs. 108, 114). These plaintiffs were
warned that failure to comply would result in their obligation to pay the filing fee in this case. Id.
The deadlines for responses to this Court’s Orders (Docs. 108, 114) have long passed.
Plaintiff Nelson did not respond to the Order at Doc. 114, so he will remain obligated to pay the
filing fee in this action, per this Court’s Order at Doc. 98. Plaintiffs Reed and Perez filed
satisfactory responses to this Court’s Orders, at Doc. 119 and Doc. 120 respectively, so they will
no longer be responsible for paying the filing fee in this action.
Because plaintiffs Crenshaw and Elias Diaz filed multiple complaints in this action on
their own behalves, this Court ordered them to sign and return the operative First Amended
Complaint. See (Doc. 98). They did so at Docs. 102 and 116, and the Court now considers them
to be in compliance with Rule 11. No further action on their part is required at this time.
Plaintiff Jeffrey Blaney filed a Response and Consolidated Motions for Extension of
Time and to Sever, or, Alternatively, Motion to Withdraw from the Potential Class Action (Doc.
118). This Motion is hereby GRANTED as follows and as outlined in the disposition. Blaney
will be dismissed from this action, a new action will be opened in his name, he will be given 30
days within which to file an amended complaint, and the Clerk will be directed to send him a
blank Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis.
Because Reed is no longer responsible for paying the filing fee in this action, his Motion
for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc. 11) is hereby DENIED as MOOT.
Plaintiff Bentz filed a Motion to Supplement Exhibit to Complaint (Doc. 110), which is
hereby STRICKEN. In his Motion (Doc. 110), Plaintiff Bentz requests that this Court consider
certain documents to be exhibits to the operative complaint. Plaintiff Bentz is the only individual
to have signed the Motion, however, and this Court has issued multiple warnings, (Doc. 3); (Doc.
29, p. 7); (Doc. 50), that such group filings would be stricken because each Plaintiff must sign
documents for himself or herself and a non-attorney cannot file or sign papers for another
litigant. See Lewis v. Lenc-Smith Mfg. Co., 784 F.2d 829, 831 (7th Cir. 1986); FED. R. CIV. P.
11. Furthermore, this Court does not accept piecemeal amendments to a complaint, which is
what this supplement would be.
For the same reasons, Plaintiff Crenshaw’s Motion to Amend/Correct  Amended
Complaint (Doc. 117) is also STRICKEN. Plaintiffs Crenshaw and Bentz are the only plaintiffs
to have signed this Motion, and the Motion would act as yet another piecemeal amendment to the
First Amended Complaint.
Because Plaintiff Bentz is the only Plaintiff to have signed his Motion to Identify Jane
Doe Defendant (Doc. 113), it is also hereby STRICKEN.
Plaintiff Bentz has also filed a Second Motion (Request) for Video Conference (Doc.
107). This Motion is DENIED. Plaintiff cites “bad communication issue[s]” and “conflicting
court orders” as reasons for the need for a video conference. (Doc. 107, p. 1). He does not,
however, explain why written motions to reconsider any orders of this Court he takes issue with
would be inferior to a video conference. Furthermore, the Court has yet to conduct its threshold
review pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, and no defendants have been served in this action, so any
video conference in this matter would be premature and inappropriate.
The following Motions for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Docs. 5-7, 16, 31, 42,
76, and 81), Motions to Appoint Counsel (Docs. 22, 77, 82, and 88), and Motion for Service of
Process at Government Expense (Doc. 83) will be addressed in separate orders of this Court.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that REED and PEREZ are absolved of their obligation to
pay the filing fee in this action. NELSON, however, remains obligated to pay the fee, pursuant
to this Courts Order at Doc. 98. All three of these individuals remain dismissed from this action
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that JEFFREY BLANEY is TERMINATED from this
The Clerk is DIRECTED to open a new case for Blaney, captioned JEFFREY
BLANEY, Plaintiff v. SALVADOR GODINEZ, DONALD STOLWORTHY, GLADYSE
TAYLOR, MICHAEL RANDLE, TY BATES, HENRY BAYER, JOHN R. BALDWIN,
KIMBERLY BUTLER, RICK HARRINGTON, MICHAEL ATCHINSON, SHANNIS
STOCK, ALEX JONES, TODD BROOKS, ANTHONY WILLIAMS, JACQUELINE A.
LASHBROOK, DOUG LYERLA, WILLIAM REES, BRAD THOMAS, TONY
FERRANTO, KEVIN HIRSCH, RICHARD PAUTLER, JAMES R. BROWN, JOSPEH
COWAN, CHAD E. HASEMEYER, PAGE, RICHARD D. MOORE, PAUL OLSON,
BRIAN THOMAS, BILL WESTFALL, ROBERT DILDAY, EOVALDI, ROBERT
HUGHS, RAYMOND ALLEN, JAY ZIEGLER, JAMES BEST, LT. WHITELY, CLINT
QUALLS, JAMES A. HOPPENSTED, FRICKY, ROGER SHURTZ, JOSHUA BERNER,
DANIEL DUNN, HARRIS, ANTHONY WILLS, SIMMONS, MCDANIELS, SPILLER,
DONALD LINDENBERG, VERGIL SMITH, KARUSE, REBECCA CREASON, DR.
BAIG, MISS GREATHOUSE, MISS WHITESIDE, DR. HILLERMAN, MISS DELONG,
DR. KEWLKOWSK, SGT. GRAW, SGT. MCCLURE, GAIL WALLS, TONYA KNUST,
BRAD BRAMLET, MISS NEW, SHANE GREGSON, JENNIFER CLENDENIN,
MORGAN TEAS, DIA RODELY, KELLIE S. ELLIS, RODNEY ROY, LAFONE,
CARLA DRAVES, VERGIL SMITH, SUSAN HILL, MARK PHONIX, J. COWAN, K.
ALLSUP, BETSY SPILLER, JEANETTE COWAN, LORI OAKLEY, LINDA CARTER,
MARVIN BOCHANTIN, KELLY PIERCE, SHERRY BENTON, TERRI ANDERSON,
SARA JOHNSON, JAMI WELBORN, HURST, RAKERS, MCNEW, M. PRANGE,
BRINKLEY, SIMPSON, OBUCINA, FISCHER, B. SMITH, JEFF HUCHINSON, BRUCE
RAUNER, MICHAEL MONJIE, J. WHITLEY, ELLIS, THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT
OF CORRECTIONS, MENARD CORRECTIONAL CENTER, WEXFORD HEALTH
SERVICES, INC., UNIDENTIFIED JOHN AND JANE DOES, and A.F.S.C.M.E. UNION
LOCAL 1175 COUNSEL 31 MEMBERS, Defendants.
The Clerk is further DIRECTED to file the following documents in this newly opened
case: (1) this Memorandum and Order and (2) the First Amended Complaint (Doc. 99).
The Clerk is further DIRECTED to change the caption of this case to remove JEFFREY
BLANEY as a Plaintiff, as he will not proceed in this action along with the remaining plaintiffs.
Plaintiff Blaney is GRANTED leave to file a “Second Amended Complaint” in the case
opened in his name on or before November 13, 2017. Should he fail to file his Second
Amended Complaint within the allotted time or consistent with the instructions set forth in this
Order, the Court will still review the First Amendment Complaint (Doc. 99), as it applies to him,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
When Plaintiff Blaney prepares his Second Amended Complaint, it is strongly
recommended that he use the forms designed for use in this District for such actions. He should
label the form, “Second Amended Complaint,” and he should use the case number for the action
opened in his name. Only the remaining plaintiffs in this action, Bentz, Fields, Diaz, and
Crenshaw, should use this case number.
Plaintiff Blaney’s pleading shall present each claim in a separate count, and each count
shall specify, by name, each defendant alleged to be liable under the count, as well as the actions
alleged to have been taken by that defendant. Plaintiff Blaney should attempt to include the facts
of his case in chronological order, inserting any defendant’s name where necessary to identify
the actors. Plaintiff Blaney should refrain from filing unnecessary exhibits. Plaintiff Blaney
should include only related claims in his new complaint. Claims found to be unrelated to one
another will be severed into new cases, new case numbers will be assigned, and additional filing
fees will be assessed. To enable Plaintiff Blaney to comply with this order, the CLERK is
DIRECTED to mail him a blank civil rights complaint form and a blank motion to proceed in
forma pauperis form.
An amended complaint supersedes and replaces the original complaint, rendering the
original complaint void. See Flannery v. Recording Indus. Ass’n of Am., 354 F.3d 632, 638 n.1
(7th Cir. 2004). The Court will not accept piecemeal amendments to the original complaint.
Thus, the Second Amended Complaint must stand on its own, without reference to any previous
pleading, and Plaintiff Blaney must re-file any exhibits he wishes the Court to consider along
with the Second Amended Complaint.
Plaintiff Blaney is ADVISED that his obligation to pay the filing fee was incurred at the
time this action was filed, thus the filing fee remains due and payable, regardless of whether the
plaintiff elects to file an amended complaint in his case. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1); Lucien v.
Jockisch, 133 F.3d 464, 467 (7th Cir. 1998). Plaintiffs Bentz, Fields, Diaz, and Crenshaw will be
assessed a filing fee in this action. Plaintiff Blaney will be assessed a filing fee in his new case.
The CLERK is further DIRECTED to send a copy of this Order to Plaintiffs Blaney,
Bentz, Fields, Diaz, and Crenshaw.
Plaintiffs are ADVISED that both cases are still subject to preliminary review pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 1915A. No service shall be ordered in the present case or the severed case until the
§ 1915A review is completed.
Plaintiffs are further ADVISED that each of them is under a continuing obligation to
keep the Clerk of Court and each opposing party informed of any change in his or her address;
the Court will not independently investigate a plaintiff’s whereabouts. This shall be done in
writing and not later than 7 days after a transfer or other change in address occurs. Failure to
comply with this order will cause a delay in the transmission of court documents and may result
in dismissal of this action for want of prosecution as to any plaintiff that fails to comply. See
FED. R. CIV. P. 41(b).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: October 13, 2017
s/ MICHAEL J. REAGAN
United States Chief District Judge
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