Cory v. Cudnay et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 4 defendants' Motion to Dismiss; granting 10 defendant's Motion to Dismiss; granting 13 defendant's Motion to Dismiss; denying 18 plaintiff's Motion for Default Judgment; and denying 27 plaintiff's Motion to Amend Complaint. Signed by District Judge J. Thomas Marten on 11/8/2012. Mailed to pro se party Bill J. Cory by regular mail. (mss)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
Bill J. Cory,
Case No. 12-1292-JTM
Kim W. Cudney, et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Pro se plaintiff Bill Cory purchased a hay swather from Staub International in 2007.
Disappointed in the equipment, he brought suit against Staub in the Republic County,
Kansas District Court, which granted summary judgment in favor of Staub. Cory appealed
the decision to the Kansas Court of Appeals and lost. Cory v. Staub International, No. 105,804
(Jan. 6, 2012). He then sought review by the Kansas Supreme Court, which denied the
Cory subsequently brought the present federal action against the Staub defendants
(Staub International, Ron Staub, Scott Dewerff), adding Thomas Berscheidt (Staub’s
attorney in the state action), and the Hon. Kim. W. Cudney, the Republic County Judge
who dismissed his state claim (misspelling Judge Cudney’s name as “Cudnay”). Cory’s
federal Complaint is virtually identical to his state Petition, except for his addition of
Berscheidt and Judge Cudney, and attaching conclusory claims federal law, including
racketeering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1861. All of the defendants have moved to dismiss
the action. (Dkt. 4, 10, 13).
Cory’s action against the Staub defendants is hereby dismissed as res judicata in light
of the state court proceedings. Cory’s claims against all defendants are hereby dismissed
under Fed.R.Civ.Pr. 12(b)(6), the court finding that Cory’s claims wholly fail to
demonstrate any intelligible, coherent, or plausible claim for fraud, racketeering, violation
of due process, or any other cause of action. See Hall v. Witteman, 569 F.Supp.2d 1208
(D.Kan. 2008). In addition, his claims against defendants are clearly barred by the RookerFeldman Doctrine, which precludes the precisely this sort of action, “cases brought by
state-court losers complaining of injuries caused by state-court judgments rendered before
the district court proceedings commenced and inviting district court review and rejection
of those judgments.” Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Saudi Basic Indus., 544 U.S. 280 (2005). Finally, his
action against Judge Cudney is based on decisions which, this court finds, were clearly
within her jurisdiction, and thus is barred by the doctrine of judicial immunity. See Mireles
v. Waco, 502 U.S. 9 (1991).
Cory has separately moved for a default judgment against the Staub defendants
(Dkt. 18), which is without merit in light of their active efforts to dismiss the action. Finally,
he has moved to amend the Complaint to add the corporate entity which actually
purchased the farm equipment which underlies this litigation. Since the amendment does
nothing to remedy the multiple fatal flaws in the Complaint, leave to amend is hereby
IT IS ACCORDINGLY ORDERED this 8th day of November, 2012, that the
defendants’ Motions to Dismiss (Dkt. 4, 10, 13) are hereby granted. Cory’s Motions for
Default Judgment and to Amend (Dkt. 18, 27) are hereby denied.
s/ J. Thomas Marten
J. THOMAS MARTEN, JUDGE
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