JORDAN v. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS et al
ORDER denying 33 Motion to Compel Defendants to Honor Settlement. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Maureen P. Kelly on 7/12/17. A copy of this order will be mailed this day, 7/12/17, to Plaintiff at his address of record. (ard)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF
CORRECTIONS, JOHN E. WETZEL, in his
official capacity as Acting Secretary of the
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections,
Civil Action No. 11-556
Magistrate Judge Maureen P. Kelly
Re: ECF No. 33
Before the Court is a Motion to Compel Defendants to Honor Settlement, filed by
Plaintiff David Jordan. ECF No. 33. Defendant filed a Response to the Motion, ECF No. 36.
Plaintiff also submitted an additional filing in support of his Motion, ECF No. 35.
Plaintiff moves for this Court to enforce a settlement agreement he claims was reached in
this case in 2012. However, as Defendants point out, this Court is without jurisdiction over this
matter. In this Court's August 29, 2012, Order approving the parties' Stipulation of Dismissal,
this Court approved dismissal of this case with prejudice. ECF No. 32. No reference to or
incorporation of a settlement agreement was made as part of the Order. Further, the Order did
not contain any language whereby the Court expressly retained jurisdiction over the settlement.
Accordingly, this Court lacks jurisdiction to enforce any settlement agreement. See Kokkonen v.
Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 511 U.S. 375 (1994); Pew v. Torma, Civ. A. No. 03-1728, 2015
U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85711 (W.D. Pa. July 1, 2015).
AND NOW, this
day of July, 2017, for the reasons set forth above, Plaintiffs Motion
to Compel Defendants to Honor Settlement, ECF No. 33, is DENIED without prejudice for
Plaintiff to seek relief in an appropriate state court.
BY THE COURT:
CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGIST
All counsel ofrecord via CM/ECF
SCI - Forest
P.O. Box 945
Marienville, PA 16289
1 The Court notes with appreciation the efforts made by counsel for Defendants, outlined in ECF No. 36 at 5 n.2, to
ensure that the medical staff at SCI-Forest, where Plaintiff has been transferred, is aware of and in compliance with
the relevant terms of the settlement agreement.
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