ORDER OF DISMISSAL BASED ON LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION. Signed by District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. (TBan)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Lawrence Valentino Brown Bey Jr.
Case No. 17-mc-51375
HON. GERSHWIN A. DRAIN
ORDER OF DISMISSAL BASED ON LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER
This is a miscellaneous matter entitled “Legal Notice! Name Declaration
Correction and Publication.” Plaintiff paid the requisite filing fee, therefore his
complaint is not subject to sua sponte dismissal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).
Benson v. O’Brian, 179 F.3d 1014 (6th Cir. 1999). However, “a district court may,
at any time, sua sponte dismiss a complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction
pursuant to Rule 12(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure when the allegations
of a complaint are totally implausible, attenuated, unsubstantial, frivolous, devoid of
merit, or no longer open to discussion.” Apple v. Glenn, 183 F.3d 477, 479 (6th Cir.
1999). Federal courts hold the pro se complaint to a “less stringent standard” than
those drafted by attorneys. Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519 (1972).
Here, Brown Bey’s filing, construed liberally, demonstrates this Court lacks
subject matter jurisdiction over this matter. A review of the “Legal Notice! Name
Declaration Correction and Publication” reveals that Brown Bey does not appear to
be requesting district court action. Rather, it appears that the document is merely
Brown Bey’s indication of his name change. Moreover, to the extent Brown Bey
seeks an order changing his legal name, such relief is unavailable in this Court
because “[n]o authority vests with the federal courts to grant a name change.” Labreck
v. Sabaugh, No. 15-cv-13303, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139556, *4-5 (E.D. Mich. Oct.
14, 2015) (quoting United States v. Soltero, 510 F.3d 858, 865 (9th Cir. 2007)).
Therefore, this Court lacks jurisdiction to grant Brown Bey a legal name change.
This cause of action is SUMMARILY DISMISSED.
Dated: October 31, 2017
/s/Gershwin A. Drain
GERSHWIN A. DRAIN
United States District Judge
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
October 31, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
/s/ Tanya Bankston
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