Gaddis v. Bleyer
ORDER: the Court GRANTS Defendant Brad Bleyer's Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 17 ) and Plaintiff Donald D. Gaddis's claims are DISMISSED with prejudice due to futility. Consequently, the Court also DENIES Gaddis's Motion to Strike (Doc. 21 ) and Motion for Order (Doc. 22 ) as MOOT. The Court DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to close the case on the Court's docket. Signed by Judge Stephen P. McGlynn on 2/18/2021. (anb2)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
DONALD D. GADDIS,
Case No. 19-CV-01334-SPM
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
McGLYNN, District Judge:
On December 6, 2019, Plaintiff Donald D. Gaddis brought this 42 U.S.C. § 1983
action stating that in July 2019, his vehicle was towed from the Williamson County
Courthouse in Marion, Illinois and he was forced to pay a $100.00 impoundment fee to
retrieve the vehicle (Doc. 1, pp. 1-3). Gaddis further states that an administrative order
signed by Defendant Brad Bleyer, the Williamson County Circuit Judge, directing
security personnel to tow Gaddis’s vehicle if it was parked withing 300 feet of the
courthouse caused the incident (Id., p. 2).
Gaddis brings claims under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and
1988) alleging 1) deprivation of property without due process in violation of the
Fourteenth Amendment because he did not receive notice or an opportunity to be heard
before the vehicle was towed and 2) deprivation of a liberty interest without due process
in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment because he was deprived of the right to park
in parking lots available to the public (Id., pp. 3-5). Pending before the Court is Judge
Bleyer’s Motion to Dismiss the Complaint and a memorandum in support of dismissal
(Docs. 17, 18). “To survive a motion to dismiss, a complaint must contain sufficient factual
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matter, accepted as true, to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” McCoy v.
Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., 760 F.3d 674, 685 (7th Cir. 2014) (citing Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556
U.S. 662, 678 (2009), quoting Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007)).
Gaddis’s Complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.
Regarding his first claim, towing Gaddis’s vehicle without notice and a hearing did not
violate his due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. Applying the standard
in Mathews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319 (1976), due process does not require a predeprivation hearing before an illegally parked vehicle is towed where post-deprivation
remedies exist. Sutton v. City of Milwaukee, 672 F.2d 644, 646 (7th Cir. 1982). Concerning
his second claim, a prohibition leading to Gaddis’s inability to park a vehicle in a public
area does not constitute an infringement of his liberty interests. See Tang v. City of
Chicago, 1997 WL 403513, at *2 (N.D. Ill. July 16, 1997); see also Minx v. Village of
Flossmoor, 724 F.Supp. 592, 593 (N.D. Ill. 1989).
Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Defendant Brad Bleyer’s Motion to Dismiss
(Doc. 17) and Plaintiff Donald D. Gaddis’s claims are DISMISSED with prejudice due
to futility. Consequently, the Court also DENIES Gaddis’s Motion to Strike (Doc. 21) and
Motion for Order (Doc. 22) as MOOT. The Court DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to close
the case on the Court’s docket.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: February 18, 2021
s/ Stephen P. McGlynn
STEPHEN P. McGLYNN
U.S. District Judge
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