Alidoust v. Hancock County, Mississippi et al
ORDER granting 7 Motion to Dismiss; and ordered that, should he choose to do so, Plaintiff must amend his Complaint as discussed herein within 14 days from the date of this Order, and sooner if feasible. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. on 6/22/17. (RLW)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
CIVIL NO. 1:17-cv-35-LG-RHW
HANCOCK COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, et al.
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO DISMISS AND ALLOWING LEAVE TO
BEFORE THE COURT is the Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6)  filed by defendant Dr. Wayne E. Grayson. The
plaintiff, Safa Alidoust, has not responded to the Motion, and the time for doing so
expired. Upon reviewing the Motion and the applicable law, the Court finds that
Alidoust has not stated a claim upon which relief can be granted. The Court will
grant the Motion, but will allow Alidoust leave to amend his complaint with respect
to Dr. Grayson.
Alidoust is suing multiple defendants for various claims resulting from
alleged discrimination. On August 30, 2015, Alidoust was arrested while allegedly
suffering from a mental illness. He claims that he was treated unfairly based on the
fact that he is Iranian and Muslim. Alidoust alleges that he was denied adequate
medical treatment while in custody, despite clearly suffering from an illness. Dr.
Grayson is mentioned only once in the complaint, as “a consulting physician with
the Hancock County Mississippi Sheriff’s Department.” (Compl. 5, ECF No. 1).
“When considering a Rule 12(b)(6) motion, we liberally construe the
complaint in favor of the plaintiff and accept all well-pleaded factual allegations as
true.” Colony Ins. Co. v. Peachtree Constr., Ltd., 647 F.3d 248, 252 (5th Cir. 2011).
To survive dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6), “a complaint must contain sufficient
factual matter, accepted as true, to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its
face.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (citation and quotation marks
omitted). “A claim has facial plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual content
that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable
for the misconduct alleged.” Id. “While legal conclusions can provide the
framework of a complaint, they must be supported by factual allegations.” Id. at
Alidoust lists Dr. Grayson as one of the defendants in his Complaint, but does
not include any factual allegations relating to Dr. Grayson, despite specifically
mentioning many of the other defendants in his pleaded facts. Because Alidoust
failed to plead any facts as to how Dr. Grayson is liable for the misconduct alleged,
he has failed to meet the basic standard to survive dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6).
See, e.g., Bryant v. Bank of N.Y., No. 1:13CV358-HSO-RHW, 2015 WL 11004899, at
*4 (S.D. Miss. May 22, 2015). Nevertheless, mindful that leave to amend “is to be
freely given[,]” Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), the Court will allow Alidoust the opportunity to
amend his Complaint to attempt to state a claim or claims against Dr. Grayson.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the  Motion to
Dismiss filed by Defendant Dr. Wayne E. Grayson is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, should he choose to
do so, Plaintiff must amend his Complaint as discussed herein within fourteen
(14) days from the date of this Order, and sooner if feasible.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 22nd day of June, 2017.
Louis Guirola, Jr.
LOUIS GUIROLA, JR.
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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