Sumrall v. Fisher et al
ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASES. Signed by Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders on 1/11/17. Associated Cases: 4:16-cv-00047-SA-JMV (cr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 4:16VC47-SA-JMV
LEAD CASE, CONSOLIDATED
MARCUS DAVIS, JOHN DOE RAY-RAY,
JOHN DOE JOHNSON, JOHN DOE MEGATRON,
MARSHALL FISHER, JERRY WILLIAMS,
SUPT’S EARNEST LEE, TIMOTHY MORRIS,
WENDELL BANKS, MARYLEN STURDIVANT,
CONNIE DURR, KENISHEA COX, and
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 4:16CV34-DMB-DAS
MARSHALL FISHER, MARCUS DAVIS,
JOHN DOE RAY RAY, JOHN DOE JOHNSON,
JERRY WILLIAMS, N BANKS, TIMOTHY MORRIS,
EARNEST LEE, MARYLEN STURDIVANT,
DANIEL DURR, RAYNETTE WELLS, KENISHA COX, and
ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASES
This matter is before the court upon consideration of whether the instant case, filed by the
plaintiff pro se and in forma pauperis under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, will be consolidated with another
§ 1983 case brought by the plaintiff that is currently pending in this district. The court notes that
it is authorized to consolidate actions with common questions of law or fact. See Fed. R. Civ. P.
On December 18, 2015, the plaintiff initiated a civil rights action, Derrick Sumrall v.
Marcus Davis, et al., cause number 4:16cv47-SA-JMV, claiming violations similar, if not
identical, to those raised in the instant complaint and involving most, if not all, of the same
defendants.1 The difference between the complaints is minimal, and consolidation is warranted
in the interest of judicial economy. Although the instant case was filed earlier in time, the court
has already held a hearing in cause number 4:16cv47 and made recommendations as to which
parties and claims should proceed. Therefore, it is ORDERED:
That civil action number 4:16cv34-DMB-DAS, entitled Derrick Sumrall v. Marshall
Fisher, Marcus Davis, John Doe Ray Ray, John Doe Johnson, Jerry Williams, N Banks, Timothy
Morris, Earnest Lee, Marylen Sturdivant, Daniel Durr, Raynette Wells, Kenisha Cox, and
Sabrina Jackson is hereby consolidated with civil action number 4:16cv47-SA-JMV, entitled
Derrick Sumrall v. Marcus Davis, John Doe Ray-Ray, John Doe Johnson, John Doe Megatron,
Marshall Fisher, Jerry Williams, Supt’s Earnest Lee, Timothy Morris, Wendell Banks, Marylen
Sturdivant, Connie Durr, Kenishea Cox, and Raynette Wells with 4:16cv47-SA-JMV serving as
the lead case and the style to read as above captioned.
The parties and counsel are directed to indicate in the caption of all documents filed with
court both the lead case number and consolidated case number. The word "CONSOLIDATED"
must appear directly under the lead case number before the first consolidated case number. The
parties and counsel for all parties are directed to docket and file all documents in the lead case
unless directed otherwise. Documents may be filed in all cases so long as counsel places the
The court notes that the defendants appear to be the same in both cases, with differences
likely due to the court’s misinterpretation of the plaintiff’s handwriting.
words "FILED IN ALL CASES" in the caption under the last case number and electronically
files the document in each and every case which the document is to be filed or appropriately
spreads the filing according to the court’s electronic case management and filing system. The
parties and counsel are responsible for accurately and correctly following these requirements in
all filings, whether manual or via the court’s electronic case management system.
SO ORDERED this the 11th day of January, 2017.
/s/ DAVID A. SANDERS
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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