Beverly v. Beverly et al
Order denying Doc. Nos. 34 and 37 . Plaintiff is directed that his pro se status does not excuse him from compliance with all applicable court rules. All further proceedings in this case are stayed pending the Court's resolution of the motions to dismiss. Hereafter, until this stay is lifted by the Court, no party may file anything without previously-obtained leave of Court. The Court reserves its right to strike any non-conforming filing. Judge Sara Lioi on 7/6/2017. (P,G)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
WILLIAM C. BEVERLY, III,
A. CLIFFORD THORNTON, JR., et al.,
CASE NO. 1:16-cv-2978
JUDGE SARA LIOI
The Court has under advisement several Rule 12 motions to dismiss filed by some of the
defendants. (See Doc. No. 16 [Defendant Papcke]; Doc. No. 18 [Defendants Celebreeze, Chaney,
Grdina], Doc. No. 19 [Defendant Thornton].) Only defendant Ellen S. Mandell has filed an answer.
(See Doc. No. 4.)
The motions to dismiss are fully briefed and awaiting resolution. Despite that fact, pro se
plaintiff William C. Beverly, III (“Beverly” or “plaintiff”) has filed a motion for default judgment
(Doc. No. 34) and a motion to rule on the pleadings under Rule 12(c). (Doc. No. 37.) Both motions
reveal that plaintiff seems to be under the mistaken impression that, because answers have not
been filed, the moving defendants are in default and he is entitled to judgment. But Fed. R. Civ. P.
12(b) requires that certain defenses be raised by way of motion prior to filing an answer. Thus,
none of the defendants who have filed motions to dismiss are in default. All of these defendants
are entitled to rulings on their dispositive motions before being required to answer.
Accordingly, Doc. Nos. 34 and 37 are denied. Further, plaintiff is directed that his pro se
status does not excuse him from compliance with all applicable court rules. Indeed, the Supreme
Court has “never suggested procedural rules in ordinary civil litigation should be interpreted so as
to excuse mistakes by those who proceed without counsel.” McNeil v. United States, 508 U.S. 106,
113, 113 S. Ct. 1980, 124 L. Ed. 2d 21 (1993); see also McKinnie v. Roadway Express, Inc., 341
F.3d 554, 558 (6th Cir. 2003) (“Ordinary civil litigants proceeding pro se . . . are not entitled to
special treatment[.]”); Ogden v. San Juan Cnty, 32 F.3d 452, 455 (10th Cir. 1994) (“[A]n
appellant’s pro se status does not excuse the obligation of any litigant to comply with the
fundamental requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure.”).
Not only are these two motions denied, rendering any response by the defendants
unnecessary, all further proceedings in this case are stayed pending the Court’s resolution of the
motions to dismiss. Hereafter, until this stay is lifted by the Court, no party may file anything
without previously-obtained leave of Court. The Court reserves its right to strike any nonconforming filing.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: July 6, 2017
HONORABLE SARA LIOI
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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