Coleman v. Wake County Board of Education, et al
ORDER - The court GRANTS defendants' motion to strike plaintiff's amended complaint. The court GRANTS plaintiff's motion to amend. Plaintiff is DIRECTED to file a second amended complaint that complies with Rule 8 and Rule 10(b) within 21 days date of this order. The parties are reminded to read the order in its entirety for critical deadlines and information. Signed by District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan on 3/9/2018. (A certified copy of this order was sent via US mail to Elena Coleman, 1116 Old English Ct., Raleigh, NC 27615.) (Collins, S.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
ELENA COLEMAN, on behalf of minor
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF
EDUCATION, and WAKE COUNTY
PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM,
This matter is before the court on defendants’ motion to strike plaintiff’s amended complaint.
(DE 32). Also pending before the court is plaintiff’s motion to amend. (DE 38).
It is well-established that courts must, as here, liberally construe pro se complaints, and “a
pro se complaint, however inartfully pleaded, must be held to less stringent standards than formal
pleadings drafted by lawyers.”
Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89. 94 (2007).
notwithstanding this liberal construction, pro se plaintiffs must still adhere to the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure. See e.g., Plumhoff v. Cent. Mortg. Co., – F. Supp. 3d – , 2017 WL 6508942, *4
(D. Md. Dec. 20, 2017) (dismissing pro se plaintiff’s complaint for failing to comply with the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure).
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8, a pleading must contain “a short and plain
statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). “Each
allegation must be simple, concise, and direct.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(d)(1). Furthermore, “[a] party
must state its claims or defenses in numbered paragraphs, each limited as far as practicable to a
single set of circumstances.” Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 10(b).
Plaintiff’s amended complaint fails to substantially comply with Rule 8 and Rule 10(b).
Accordingly, the court GRANTS defendants’ motion to strike plaintiff’s amended complaint.
However, under circumstances presented here, the court allows plaintiff to amend her complaint.
To this extent, the court GRANTS plaintiff’s motion to amend.
Plaintiff is DIRECTED to file a second amended complaint that complies with Rule 8 and
Rule 10(b) within 21 days date of this order. Plaintiff’s second amended complaint shall be divided
into separate counts with each count specifying one claim for relief. Plaintiff shall state the nature
of each claim for relief she asserts and the facts supporting each claim. Plaintiff must also specify
what relief she seeks for each claim. Plaintiff is NOTICED that her failure to file second amended
complaint as directed above within the appropriate time will result in dismissal of this action with
prejudice, and the closing of this case.
SO ORDERED, this the 9th day of March, 2018.
LOUISE W. FLANAGAN
United States District Judge
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