Smith v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER OF DISMISSAL - See Order for details. Signed by District Judge Carlos Murguia on 4/7/17. Mailed to pro se party Bernard L. Smith by regular and certified mail. (7012 3460 0000 8262 6009) (kao)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
BERNARD L. SMITH,
TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC.,
Case No. 16-2826-JAR-GLR
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Plaintiff Bernard Smith proceeds pro se and in forma pauperis in this action alleging
damage claims for personal injury to himself, allegedly arising from the product liability of the
four defendants, Teva Pharaceuticals USA, Inc. (“Teva”), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc., Zydus
Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc., and Diamond Pharmacy Services. Plaintiff alleges the prescription
drug Risperdal caused him to develop gynecomastia and galactorrhea. Defendant Teva removed
this case to this Court on December 21, 2016.
On March 20, 2017, Magistrate Judge Gerald L. Rushfelt ordered Plaintiff to show cause
in writing why this case should not be dismissed as frivolous or for failure to state a claim
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) (Doc. 34). Plaintiff filed a timely response on April 3, 2017
(Doc. 36). The Court has reviewed Plaintiff’s response and determines that the case should be
dismissed for failure to state a claim as set forth in detail in Judge Rushfelt’s Order to Show
By the terms of § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii), Plaintiff’s complaint must be reviewed and, if found
to be frivolous or malicious, to not state a claim on which relief may be granted, or to seek
monetary relief against a defendant who is immune, then the court must dismiss the case. It is
Dismissal of a pro se complaint for failure to state a claim is proper only
where it is obvious that the plaintiff cannot prevail on the facts he has
alleged and it would be futile to give him an opportunity to amend. In
determining whether dismissal is proper, we must accept the allegations of
the complaint as true and construe those allegations, and any reasonable
inference that might be drawn from them, in the light most favorable to the
plaintiff. In addition, we must construe a pro se applicant’s complaint
The Court has reviewed Plaintiff’s response to the Order to Show Cause and finds
nothing that changes Judge Rushfelt’s well-reasoned findings. As the Order to Show Cause
explained, the applicable statute of limitations in this case is two years.2 Plaintiff continues to
mistakenly argue the statute of limitations does not apply because he is suffering a “continuous
injury.”3 Viewed in the light most favorable to Plaintiff, he gained knowledge of his injury more
than two years before filing this lawsuit. Thus, his claims against all Defendants in this case are
time barred and must be dismissed. Furthermore, as detailed in the Order to Show Cause, even if
not time barred, Plaintiff has failed to establish that he suffered an injury or that a nexus existed
between his symptoms and the ingestion of Risperdal or the generic version, Risperdone.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED BY THE COURT that this action is DISMISSED
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) for failure to state a claim.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Gaines v. Stenseng, 292 F.3d 1222, 1224 (10th Cir. 2002) (internal quotation marks and citations
K.S.A. § 60-513(a)(4)
Doc. 36 at 2.
Dated: April 7, 2017
S/ Julie A. Robinson
JULIE A. ROBINSON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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