Smith et al v. Corrections Corporation of America et al
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt STRIKING 37 Notice of Change of Address filed by Cartrell R Smith and PROHIBITING Plaintiff Cartrell R. Smith from representing any person other than himself or filing any documents on their behalf. (sr)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
CARTRELL R. SMITH SR.,
JASON LUTZ, and
Civ. No. 16-01201 MCA/GJF
CORRECTIONS CORP. OF AMERICA.
TORRANCE COUNTY, and
ORDER PROHIBITING CARTRELL R. SMITH SR
FROM REPRESENTING OR FILING ON BEHALF OF OTHER
PLAINTIFFS AND STRIKING NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS
THIS MATTER is before the Court sua sponte. Plaintiff Cartrell R. Smith Sr. has been
filing documents with the Court in which he purports to be acting as a representative of or on
behalf of Plaintiffs Robert Organ and Jason Lutz.
A pro se litigant may bring his own claims
to federal court without counsel, but may not bring the claims of others or act on behalf of others.
Although a pro se litigant has the right to assert his own claims, he cannot represent or act for
other plaintiffs because “the competence of a layman is ‘clearly too limited to allow him to risk
the rights of others.’ ” Fymbo v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., 213 F.3d 1320, 1321 (10th
Cir.2000) (quoting Oxendine v. Williams, 509 F.2d 1405, 1407 (4th Cir.1975)); see also 7A
Wright & Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure: Civil § 1769. Plaintiff Cartrell R. Smith Sr. is
prohibited from representing Robert Organ, Jason Lutz, or any person other than himself, or
filing any documents on their behalf in this Court.
On September 5, 2017, the Court entered an Order directing Plaintiff Robert Organ to
provide the Court with an updated address or otherwise show cause why his claims should not be
dismissed. ECF No. 27. On September 27, 2017, Plaintiff Cartrell Smith filed a Notice for
Change of Address of Co-Plaintiff Robert Organ. ECF No. 37. The Notice asks the Court to
“enter the change of address in behalf of my co-plaintiff to cure my case from dismissal” and is
signed by Cartrell R. Smith Sr.. Id. at 1. The Order to Show Cause was directed to pro se
Plaintiff Robert Organ, and only Plaintiff Robert Organ may respond to that Order. Fymbo, 213
F.3d at 1321. The Court will strike the improper Notice for Change of Address of Co-Plaintiff
IT IS ORDERED:
(1) Plaintiff Cartrell R. Smith Sr. is PROHIBITED from representing Robert Organ,
Jason Lutz, or any person other than himself, or filing any documents on their behalf in this
(2) the Notice For Change of Address of Co-Plaintiff Robert Organ (ECF No. 37) is
THE HONORABLE GREGORY J. FOURATT
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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