Anderson v. Jutzy et al
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S 45 Motion to Re-File Complaint - Signed by Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen. (CCie)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CIVIL ACTION NO. 15-11727
DISTRICT JUDGE DAVID M. LAWSON
MAGISTRATE JUDGE R. STEVEN WHALEN
KEVIN ALLEN JUTZY, M.D.,
RAUL TUMADA, P.A., BADAWI
ABELLATIF, M.D., and ANGELA
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO RE-FILE COMPLAINT [Doc. #45]
On May 14, 2015, Plaintiff Robert Jarmel Anderson, a prison inmate in the custody
of the Michigan Department of Corrections (“MDOC”), filed a pro se civil complaint
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs in
violation of the Eighth Amendment. On March 29, 2016, the Court dismissed Defendant
Angela Vettraino (misspelled as “Vatrino” in the caption) without prejudice under 42
U.S.C. § 1997e(a), for failure to exhaust administrative remedies before filing suit
[Doc. # 36]. Before the Court at this time is Plaintiff’s motion to re-file his complaint
against Defendant Vettraino [Doc. #45].
One of the bases for dismissal was the fact that Plaintiff filed his complaint before
receiving a Step III response to his grievance appeal. He now asks to re-file his
complaint because he has now received the Step III response. However, there was a
second reason that the complaint against Vettraino was found to have been unexhausted:
she was not identified in either Step I or Step II of the MDOC grievance procedure.
Adopting my Report and Recommendation to dismiss, the Court stated:
“As the magistrate judge explained, not only did the plaintiff fail to mention
the defendant in his grievance, he also failed to articulate in his grievance
the source of his complaint against her. The main thrust of his Step-I and II grievances related to medical issues not presented to defendant Vettraino.
Therefore, the plaintiff failed to comply with the basic requirement of the
administrative rule, which was intended to provide a means of ‘affor[ding]
corrections officials time and opportunity to address complaints internally
before allowing the initiation of a federal case....The Step-I and -II
grievances did not give defendant Vettraino ‘fair notice of the alleged
mistreatment or misconduct that forms the basis of the constitutional or
statutory claim made against a defendant in a prisoner’s complaint.’” [Doc.
#36, p. 11] (internal citations omitted).
The fact that Plaintiff has now exhausted this grievance through Step III does not
cure his failure to identify Vettraino or describe her conduct at Steps I and II. Allowing
him to simply “re-file” his complaint against Vettraino under this docket number would
be futile. Granted, her dismissal was without prejudice, so Plaintiff may file a new
complaint (not re-file the present complaint), assuming he properly exhausts as to this
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion to re-file his complaint against Defendant
Vettraino [Doc. #45] is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/R. Steven Whalen
R. STEVEN WHALEN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Dated: July 25, 2017
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify on July 25, 2017, that I electronically filed the foregoing paper
with the Clerk of the Court sending notification of such filing to all counsel registered
electronically. I hereby certify that a copy of this paper was mailed to non-registered ECF
participants on July 25, 2017.
Case Manager to
Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen
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