Sutton v. Billings, et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER dismissing the state law claims in 14 Amended Complaint; closing case. Signed by Judge Ellen L. Hollander on 6/30/2017. (dass, Deputy Clerk)
United States District Court
District Of Maryland
Ellen Lipton Hollander
District Court Judge
101 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
June 30, 2017
MEMORANDUM TO MS. BILLINGS (BY U.S. MAIL) AND COUNSEL (BY CM/ECF)
1255 Johnson Grove Lane
Crownsville, MD 21032
Neal Sutton v. Susan Billings, et al.
Civil Action No. ELH-16-3364
Dear Ms. Billings and Counsel:
As you know, by Memorandum Opinion (ECF 30) and Order (ECF 31) of May 26, 2017,
I granted, in part, the motions to dismiss filed by defendants District of Columbia (ECF 18) and
Anne Arundel County (ECF 19). In particular, I granted the motions as to plaintiff’s claims in
his Amended Complaint (ECF 14) arising under federal law. See ECF 31.
In my Order of May 26, 2017 (ECF 31), I also granted plaintiff leave to file a Second
Amended Complaint. Id. And, I stated: “In the event plaintiff fails to file a Second Amended
Complaint, the Court will dismiss the claims under state law, filed pursuant to the Court’s
supplemental jurisdiction, and the Clerk will be directed to close this case, without prejudice.”
On June 29, 2017, plaintiff filed a “Motion for Leave to File Amended Bankruptcy
Petition.” ECF 34 (“Motion”). In the Motion, counsel states that, upon review of the Amended
Complaint and in consideration of other matters, plaintiff and his counsel have determined “that
Plaintiff’s most direct and most efficient means of complete relief would most likely be through
the Bankruptcy Court.” Id. at 2. Thus, counsel stated that plaintiff intends to “renew his efforts
in that court with a comprehensive amendment to his ongoing Chapter 13 case.” Further,
counsel provided: “Bankruptcy proceedings will most likely obviate the relief sought in the
pending federal district court proceeding.” Id.
I construe plaintiff’s Motion as a notice that he does not intend to file a Second Amended
Complaint. Should plaintiff wish to amend his bankruptcy petition, he must file the appropriate
motion in the bankruptcy court.
In view of the foregoing, the state law claims in the Amended Complaint (ECF 14) are
DISMISSED, without prejudice, pursuant to the Court’s authority under 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c)(3).
And, the Clerk is directed to CLOSE this case.
Despite the informal nature of this Memorandum, it is an Order of the Court, and the
Clerk is directed to docket it as such.
Ellen Lipton Hollander
United States District Judge
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