Gibson v. Corning Inc. et al
ORDER DENYING 21 Plaintiff's Motion to Compel and DENYING 22 Plaintiff's Motion for Admissibility. The subpoenas at 19 and [21-2] are hereby STRUCK. The Clerk is directed to issue a summons to Larry Sutton as a defendant in this c ase at the address listed at [21-1]. The amendments to the complaint at 18 and 20 are allowed and are added as amendments to the complaint as if they were a part of the original complaint. The parties are reminded that they are to comply with t his Court's orders, including the 17 Scheduling Order, and all of the applicable Local Rules and Federal Rules. Signed by US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 10/27/2014. COpy of order mailed to pro se plaintiff, via US Mail, to 6319 Raeford Road, #23, Fayetteville, NC, 28304. (Fisher, M.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
DARYL K. GIBSON,
CORNING INC., et al.,
This matter is before the Court on the plaintiff's motion to compel testimony [DE 21] and
motion for admissibility [DE 22]. For the following reasons, the motions are DENIED.
This matter concerns an employment discrimination suit filed by Mr. Gibson against his
former employer, Corning, Inc. ("Corning") and who appear to be various former supervisors
and co-workers of Mr. Gibson. Mr. Gibson claims that he suffered from race and sex
discrimination while he worked at Corning that ultimately culminated in his termination.
Plaintiff is proceeding pro se in this matter. Although the complaint is inartfully pled and
therefore it is unclear exactly which law plaintiff is proceeding under, he has attached to the
complaint a copy of the dismissal and notice of rights issued by the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on his charge [DE 1-3]. This suggests he is proceeding
based upon a law that the EEOC enforces. Given the allegations of race and sex discrimination in
the complaint, it is likely that plaintiff is proceeding under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964 ("Title VII"), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq.
Pleadings drafted by pro se litigants are held to a less stringent standard than those
drafted by attorneys and the Court is charged with liberally construing a pleading filed by a pro
se litigant to allow for the development of a potentially meritorious claim. See Haines v. Kerner,
404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972); Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 106 (1976); Noble v. Barnett, 24 F.3d
582, 587 n.6 (4th Cir. 1994). Therefore, the Court considers the motions before it and the posture
of this case while acknowledging plaintiff's pro se status. Defendants have filed an objection to
several motions and documents that plaintiff has filed in this matter. [DE 24]. In their opposition,
defendants object to documents 18-23 and state that they cannot understand what to make of the
documents, do not know how to respond to the documents, and argue that they are not authorized
by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1 or this Court's scheduling order [DE 17]. Yet,
defendants also claim to be making good-faith efforts to cooperate with the plaintiff and cite the
Joint Rule 26(f) report and the scheduling order as evidence of this cooperation.
Having considered the filings, the Court notes that plaintiff appears to be particularly
unfamiliar with the Court system and, although he has an idea of what he wants to obtain through
discovery, has little idea as to how to go about obtaining it. To this extent it appears as though
defense counsel has not been as cooperative as they would have the Court believe, for there is
little before the Court that actually necessitates its involvement at this stage of the proceedings.
The court addresses the documents and filings defendants object to in the order they appear on
Document 18 is handwritten by plaintiff on a complaint form that appears to originate
from this Court. The form is titled "Amendment to Include Fraud and Concealment." The form
lists several factual allegations and includes a prayer for relief at its conclusion. It does not take a
Notably, defendants do not cite the specific Rules that plaintiffs filings supposedly violate.
stretch of the imagination to see that this document is clearly plaintiffs attempt to amend his
complaint to include a claim for fraud and concealment. Further, it was filed on May 12, 2014
and the scheduling order specifically allows plaintiff to amend his complaint without leave of
Court up until May 30, 2014. As such, plaintiff is clearly entitled to add this claim to his
complaint. Although not done in the proper fashion, due to plaintiffs pro se status, the Court
will allow it as an amended complaint but notes that it is to be read in addition to the original
complaint. That is, it does not replace the original complaint as a stand-alone document, but
rather adds an additional claim to the complaint.
Document 19 is a proposed subpoena form. However, it is unclear why plaintiff seeks a
subpoena at this stage of the proceedings. Defendants should be providing plaintiff with the
sought after discovery without the need for subpoenas. Further the form does not appear to be
properly filled out. As such it is hereby struck from the record.
Document 20 is quite similar to Document 18 in that it is filled out on a blank complaint
form of this Court. It is titled "Civil Fraud and Concealment and Intentional Misrepresentation
False Pretenses." This document was filed on May 13, 2014, again, well before the scheduling
order's deadline of May 30, 2014 to amend without leave of Court. Although the form seems to
be somewhat incomplete, the Court will also include this in plaintiffs amendment to his
complaint and it will be treated the same as Document 18 discussed previously.
Docket Entry 21 is composed of several documents which the Court now addresses. First
[DE 21-3] is several subpoenas of individuals that were never issued by this Court. For the same
reasons as discussed previously the subpoenas are struck. [DE 21] is two motions to compel the
responses of a Wilimeana Hardy and a Larry Sutton. However, as no subpoenas for these two
individuals have been issued, there is no basis for a motion to compel at this time. Accordingly
the motions to compel are denied without prejudice to their being refiled if ultimately necessary.
[DE 21-1] is a proposed summons on a third-party complaint. There is no third party to this case
and plaintiff cannot join a third-party defendant to the case. However, it appears that plaintiff
was attempting to join Larry Sutton, who is listed as the Union Steward, as a defendant to this
case. Again, this document was filed on May 13, 2014 before the scheduling order's deadline of
May 30, 2014 to join parties to the case without leave of Court. Accordingly the Clerk is directed
to issue a summons to Larry Sutton as a defendant in this case at the address listed on [DE 21-1].
Document 22, the motion for admissibility, is fairly incomprehensible. The Court is
unsure of what plaintiff is attempting to do with this document and denies the motion as
irrelevant. Document 23, the memorandum in support of [DE 22] is not of any help in
understanding plaintiffs intent.
For the foregoing reasons, plaintiffs motions are DENIED. The subpoenas at [DE 19]
and [DE 21-2] are hereby STRUCK. The Clerk is DIRECTED to issue a summons to Larry
Sutton as a defendant in this case at the address listed on [DE 21-1]. The amendments to the
complaint at [DE 18] and [DE 20] are allowed and are added as amendments to the complaint as
if they were writing into the original complaint. The parties are REMINDED that they are to
comply with this Court's orders, including the Scheduling Order [DE 17], and all of the
applicable Local Rules and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in litigating this matter before the
SO ORDERED, this
__Ql_ day of October, 2014.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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