Davis v. Department of Health and Human Services
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc. #2] is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall show cause, no later than December 10, 2013, why this action should not be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.( Show Cause Response due by 12/10/2013.) Signed by Magistrate Judge Thomas C. Mummert, III on November 12, 2013. (MCB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
PATRICIA MARIE DAVIS,
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
Case No. 4:13cv2217 TCM
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Plaintiff brings this case pursuant to the Federal Torts Claim Act ("FTCA"), 28 U.S.C.
§ 2671-2680. She alleges that a doctor working at a federally supported health care facility
negligently prescribed her an overdose of blood pressure medication, which gave her an
arrhythmia and raised her blood pressure. Plaintiff maintains that her FTCA claim was
denied by the agency on March 20, 2013. She filed the instant complaint on October 30,
Under 28 U.S.C. § 2401(b), a "tort claim against the United States shall be forever
barred unless . . . [a civil] action is begun within six months after the date of mailing, by
certified or registered mail, of notice of final denial of the claim by the agency to which it
was presented." "[A] plaintiff's compliance with the statute of limitations is prerequisite to
the district court's jurisdiction over a suit against the United States under the FTCA. . . ."
T.L. ex rel. Ingram v. United States, 443 F.3d 956, 961 (8th Cir. 2006).
The limitations period expired on September 20, 2013. As a result, it appears that the
Court lacks jurisdiction over this case. Before dismissing this suit, however, the Court will
give Plaintiff an opportunity to show cause why this action should not be summarily
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis [Doc. 2] is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall show cause, no later than
December 10, 2013, why this action should not be dismissed for lack of subject matter
Dated this 12th day of November, 2013.
/s/ Thomas C. Mummert, III
THOMAS C. MUMMERT, III
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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