Moore et al v. Ferguson Police Department et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER re: 9 MOTION to Intervene with Suggestions in Support filed by Plaintiff A.D.R., a minor, Plaintiff Delores Moore, Plaintiff Renee Rodgers, 5 MOTION to Dismiss Case or in the Alternative, Motion to Consoli date filed by Defendant James Knowles, III, Defendant Michael White, Defendant Keith Kallstrom, Defendant David Conway, Defendant Mark J. Byrne, Defendant Ferguson, Missouri, City of, Defendant Kim Tihen, Defendant Brian Kaminski, Defenda nt Tim Larson, Defendant Ferguson Police Department, Defendant Dwayne T. James, Defendant Thomas Jackson. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendants' motion to dismiss case or in the alternative, motion to consolidate (#5), is granted. Pursuant to Local Rule 42 - 4.03, the later cause of action, 4:14CV1447, is consolidated with the earlier cause of action, 4:14CV1443. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that motion to intervene (#9) is denied as moot. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 2/12/15. (CSG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
TINA MOORE, et al.
FERGUSON POLICE DEPT., et al.,
No. 4:14CV1443 SNLJ
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on the defendants’ motion to dismiss or consolidate
(#5) with Case No. 4:14cv1447, which is also pending in this Court. The matters involve
the death of decedent Jason Moore during an altercation with members of the Ferguson
Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri.
This case, No. 4:14cv1443, alleges constitutional violations and wrongful death
under § 537.080 RSMo by the decedent’s wife and estate. The later-filed matter, No.
4:14cv1447, also alleges constitutional violations and wrongful death under § 537.080
RSMo, but plaintiffs are the decedent’s mother and minor child. The two cases name
overlapping defendants, but No. 1447 names two police officers not named in No. 1443,
and No. 1443 names certain Ferguson officials as defendants.
The Missouri wrongful death statute provides that “only one action may be
brought under this section against any one defendant for the death of any one person.” §
527.080 RSMo. Rule 42 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides for
consolidation of cases involving a common question of law or fact. See E.E.O.C. v. HBE
Corp., 135 F.3d 543, 550 (8th Cir. 1998). The plaintiffs here have consented to
consolidation of the cases. However, plaintiffs in No. 1447 have also moved to intervene
in this litigation. Consolidating the cases would bring all the involved parties before the
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendants’ motion to dismiss case or in the
alternative, motion to consolidate (#5), is granted. Pursuant to Local Rule 42 - 4.03, the
later cause of action, 4:14CV1447, is consolidated with the earlier cause of action,
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that motion to intervene (#9) is denied as moot.
Dated this 12th day of February, 2015.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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