Bogard v. Norton Healthcare et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER by Judge Charles R. Simpson, III on 3/23/2012; 6 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis GRANTED; the Court will enter an Order dismissing the action consistent with this Memorandum Opinion and Order.cc: plaintiff pro se, defendants (TLB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:12CV-99-S
NORTON HEALTHCARE et al.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Plaintiff William Bogard filed this action on a Court-approved general complaint form.
He also filed an application to proceed without prepayment of fees (DN 6), which is
GRANTED. This matter is now before the Court on preliminary review of the complaint
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e) and McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601 (6th Cir. 1997).
For the reasons that follow, the instant action will be dismissed.
Because Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis, this Court must review the instant
action. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e); McGore, 114 F.3d at 608-09. Upon review, this Court must
dismiss a case at any time if it determines that an action is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a
claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is
immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). This Court recognizes that pro se
pleadings are to be held to a less stringent standard than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers.
Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519 (1972); Jourdan v. Jabe, 951 F.2d 108, 110 (6th Cir. 1991).
However, the duty “does not require us to conjure up unpled allegations.” McDonald v. Hall,
610 F.2d 16, 19 (1st Cir. 1979).
The complaint lists Norton Healthcare as Defendant. The complaint also lists Doctor
Owen Hitt as a Plaintiff. The Court presumes that Plaintiff intended to name Hitt as a Defendant
in the action. In the portion of the complaint form where Plaintiff is to state the grounds for
filing this case in federal court, Plaintiff states, “Violations of Medical Device Amendment of
The Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1976.” In the statement-of-the-claim portion of the
complaint form, Plaintiff states, “See attachment.” He left blank the portion of the complaint
form directing him to state his prayer for relief. Plaintiff attaches to the complaint six pages of
exhibits, which appear to be pages from legal and medical journals regarding hip prostheses.
While the Court is aware of its duty to construe pro se complaints liberally, Plaintiff is
not absolved of his duty to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by providing
Defendants with “fair notice of the basis for [his] claims.” Swierkiewicz v. Sorema N.A., 534
U.S. 506, 514 (2002). To state a claim for relief, Plaintiff must show how each Defendant is
accountable because the Defendant was personally involved in the acts about which he
complains. See Rizzo v. Goode, 423 U.S. 362, 375-76 (1976). Moreover, Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(3)
states that every pleading shall contain “a demand for the relief sought.” Plaintiff has not alleged
any facts concerning any Defendant, nor has he given any indication whatsoever of the relief he
seeks. Therefore, the complaint will be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief
may be granted.
The Court will enter an Order dismissing the action consistent with this Memorandum
Opinion and Order.
March 23, 2012
Plaintiff, pro se
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