Brown v. Oakwood Healthcare Inc. et al
OPINION and ORDER. Signed by District Judge Linda V. Parker. (Loury, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 14-11398
Honorable Linda V. Parker
OAKWOOD HEALTHCARE, INC., et al.,
OPINION AND ORDER
On April 7, 2014, Plaintiff initiated this pro se civil rights lawsuit against
Defendants. Early this year, the Court was informed that Plaintiff had passed away on
December 23, 2014. Therefore, on February 5, 2015, this Court entered an order noting
Plaintiff’s death and setting forth the procedures in Rule 25(a) of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure applicable to the death of a party. (ECF No. 72.)
As set forth in the Court’s order, “[t]he objective of the suggestion of death set
forth in Rule 25(a)(1) is to alert nonparties to the consequences of the death of a party in a
pending lawsuit so that they may act if they desire to preserve the decedent’s claim.”
Gruenberg v. Maricopa Cnty. Sheriff’s Office, No. 06-0397, 2008 WL 2001253, at *1 (D.
Ariz. May 7, 2008) (citing Fariss v. Lynchburg Foundry, 769 F.2d 958, 962 (4th Cir.
1985)). “The rule establishes a procedure that protects those who have an interest in the
litigation and the authority to act on behalf of the decedent by permitting substitution for
the deceased party without unduly burdening the surviving party.” Id. (citing Barlow v.
Ground, 39 F.3d 231, 233-34 (9th Cir. 1994)). Pursuant to Rule 25(a), and as set forth in
the Court’s order, Plaintiff’s successor or representative was required file a motion for
substitution within ninety (90) days if he or she wanted to continue this litigation.
No motion for substitution has been filed as of today’s date, which is more than
90-days after service of the statement noting Plaintiff’s death.
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED, that Plaintiff’s Complaint is
DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE pursuant to Rule 25 of the Federal Rules of Civil
S/ Linda V. Parker
LINDA V. PARKER
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: May 19, 2015
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
and/or pro se parties on this date, May 19, 2015, by electronic and/or U.S. First Class
S/ Richard Loury
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