AL-KASSAR v. BUREAU OF PRISONS et al.
ENTRY GRANTING MOTION TO RECONSIDER - Plaintiff's motion to reconsider the dismissal of and reinstate the retaliation claim, dkt. 104 , is GRANTED to the extent that whether the plaintiff exhausted his administrative remedies with respect to the retaliation claim asserted against defendant Keller will also be addressed during the Pavey hearing, to be scheduled in a separate Order. Copy to Plaintiff via US Mail. Signed by Judge James Patrick Hanlon on 3/16/2020. (KAA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
TERRE HAUTE DIVISION
S. JULIAN Warden, FCC-Terre Haute,
FNU RIGSBY Captain, FCC Terre Haute,
CLINT SWIFT Case Manager, FCC-Terre Haute, )
EVELYN KELLER Intelligence Research
Specialist, FCC-Terre Haute CMU,
FNU RODRIGUEZ Lieutenant, FCC-Terre Haute, )
ROBERT ROLOFF Chaplain, FCC-Terre Haute, )
FNU MCCOY C/O, FCC-Terre Haute,
FNU DUBBINS C/O, FCC-Terre Haute,
CORY MILLER C/O, FCC- Terre Haute,
FNU SULLIVAN C/O, FCC-Terre Haute,
FRANK HART C/O, FCC-Terre Haute,
AMY ADAMS Recreation Supervisor, FCC-Terre )
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ENTRY GRANTING MOTION TO RECONSIDER
The Court denied in part and granted in part the defendants’ motion for summary judgment
on the issue of exhaustion of administrative remedies. Dkt. 94. In that ruling, the Court dismissed
the plaintiff’s retaliation claim as a matter of law, finding that Ziglar v. Abbasi, 137 S. Ct. 1843
(2017) precluded First Amendment claims under Bivens. Id.
The plaintiff filed a motion to reconsider the Court’s dismissal of the First Amendment
retaliation claim in light of the Seventh Circuit’s recommendation in Smadi v. True, et al., 783 F.
App’x 633 (7th Cir. 2019), that in the Seventh Circuit, First Amendment retaliation claims filed
by federal inmates should be evaluated after receiving counseled briefing on the matter. See also
Haas v. Noordeloos, 792 F. App’x 405 (7th Cir. Feb. 6, 2020) (“In this circuit,” the question of
whether a Bivens-style damages remedy is available for alleged First Amendment claims after
Abbasi “is unsettled.”).
The Court has determined that a Pavey hearing is necessary to resolve the issue of
exhaustion of administrative remedies on the plaintiff’s other claims, and the Court has
recently recruited counsel to assist the plaintiff. Dkt. . Considering all of the circumstances,
it is in the interest of judical economy to allow the retaliation claim to proceed to the extent that it
will be included with the other claims to be addressed at the Pavey hearing. Therefore, the
plaintiff’s motion to reconsider the dismissal of and reinstate the retaliation claim, dkt. ,
is GRANTED to the extent that whether the plaintiff exhausted his administrative
remedies with respect to the retaliation claim asserted against defendant Keller will also be
addressed during the Pavey hearing, to be scheduled in a separate Order.
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Lara K. Langeneckert
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE (Indianapolis)
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