HOYE v. ZLOKAS
MEMORANDUM ORDER granting #1 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis; dismissing Complaint with prejudice, leave to amend; adopting #3 Report and Recommendation; the Clerk of Court is ORDERED to mark this case CLOSED; Plaintiff has thirty (30) days to file a notice of appeal as provided by Rule 3 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Details more fully stated in Order.. Signed by Judge Nora Barry Fischer on 11/14/2023. (lyk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
MR. ELI ZLOKAS,
Civil Action No. 2:23-cv-01701
Judge Nora Barry Fischer
On September 14, 2023, pro se Plaintiff Nathan Hoye initiated the above captioned case
against Defendant Mr. Eli Zlokas. In accordance with the Magistrate Judges Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636,
and the Local Rules of Court, all pretrial matters were referred to United States Magistrate Judge
Cynthia Reed Eddy.
On October 16, 2023, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report and
Recommendation (ECF No. 3) recommending that Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in
forma pauperis be granted (ECF No. 1) and that the Complaint (ECF No. 1-1) be summarily
dismissed pursuant to the screening provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). Plaintiff was served
with the Report and Recommendation at his listed address of record and advised that written
objections were due by November 8, 2023. To date, no objections have been filed nor has Plaintiff
sought an extension in time in which to do so.
The Court has reviewed the matter and concludes that the Report and Recommendation
correctly analyzes the issues and makes a sound recommendation that the claims in the instant
complaint should be dismissed for several reasons, including:
• res judicata due to the previous dismissal of two prior suits he filed
alleging the same claims against the same Defendant at Hoye v.
Zlokas, Civ. A. No. 17-0021 (W.D. Pa.) (“Hoye I”) and Hoye v.
Zlokas and Woodruff, Civ. A. No. 17-0270 (W.D. Pa. (“Hoye II”);
• as frivolous or malicious under § 1915 given Plaintiff’s repetitious
filings of the same claims against the same Defendant;
• as time barred given that the events about which Plaintiff complains
took place more than 2 years prior to his filing suit; and,
• for lack of diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a) as there
is no basis to find that Zlokas is a state actor and both he and Plaintiff
are citizens of Pennsylvania.
(ECF 3 at 6-8). This Court further agrees with the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation that any
further amendment would be futile. See Fletcher-Harlee Corp. v. Pote Concrete Contractors, Inc.,
482 F.3d 247, 252 (3d Cir. 2007).
Upon consideration of the Complaint, together with the Report and Recommendation, and
after undertaking a de novo review of the record,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis
(ECF No. 1) is GRANTED;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Complaint is DISMISSED with prejudice for failure
to state a claim pursuant to the screening provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) and leave to amend
is DENIED as futile.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 3) dated
October 16, 2023, is ADOPTED as the Opinion of the District Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court is ORDERED to mark this case
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to Rule 4(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of
Appellate Procedure, Plaintiff has thirty (30) days to file a notice of appeal as provided by Rule 3
of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
IT SO ORDERED this 14th day of November, 2023.
BY THE COURT:
s/Nora Barry Fischer
Nora Barry Fischer
Senior United States District Judge
2949 North Charles Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
(via U.S. First Class Mail)
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