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Laidler v. Dillihuat

United States District Court, S.D. Georgia, Statesboro Division

August 30, 2019

SAMUEL L. LAIDLER, Plaintiff,
v.
SGT. DILLAHUAT; MS. JACKSON; LT. SHOEMAKER; SGT. FUGITT; and OFFICER CAIN, all in their individual and official capacities, Defendants. SAMUEL LAIDLER, Plaintiff
v.
FNU SMART; FNU SHARPER; LT. SHOEMAKER; SGT. FUGITT; and OFFICER CAIN, all in their individual and official capacities, Defendants.

          ORDER

          J. RANDAL HALL CHIEF JUDGE UNITED SJATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

         These matters are before the Court on Plaintiffs 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Complaints in the above-captioned cases. Doc. 1, Doc. I.[1] For the reasons which follow, the Court DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to: FILE all pleadings in Case Number 6:19-cv-76 upon the record and docket of Case Number 6:19-cv-36; CONSOLIDATE Case Number 6:19-cv-76 into Case Number 6:19-cv-36; ADD FNU Smart and FNU Sharper as named Defendants upon the record and docket of Case Number 6:19-cv-36; and CLOSE Case Number 6:19-cv-76 and enter the appropriate judgment of dismissal. The Court DENIES as moot Plaintiffs Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis in Case Number 6:19-cv-76, Doc. 2. However, the Court previously granted Plaintiff leave to proceed in forma pauperis in Case Number 6:19-cv-36. Doc. 8. Plaintiff shall continue being able to proceed in forma pauperis in this consolidated action.

         BACKGROUND

         On April 29, 2019, Plaintiff filed a § 1983 Complaint in Case Number 6:19-cv-36 and alleges he was taken to segregation and did not have any of his property, including his mattress, for two days. Doc. 1 at 6. Plaintiff contends Defendant Fugitt handcuffed him at a later date to escort Plaintiff back to segregation when Defendant Cain attacked Plaintiff, resulting in Plaintiffs face hitting the floor and breaking Plaintiffs tooth. Id. at 7. Plaintiff also contends Defendant Shoemaker, Fugitt, and Cain kneed him while he was in the medical unit, and Defendant Shoemaker picked Plaintiff up by the handcuffs and threw him back onto the floor. Id. at 7-8. Plaintiff alleges he had to have stitches in his lip and that he experienced pain in his wrists for more than two weeks after these uses of force. Id. at 8. Plaintiff names as Defendants Dillihuat, Jackson, Shoemaker, Fugitt, and Cain. Doc. 1. In his Objections to the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation, Plaintiff notes these events occurred on April 4, 2019. Doc. 7 at 3.

         On August 12, 2019, Plaintiff filed another § 1983 Complaint in Case Number 6:19-cv-76. Doc. 1. In this Complaint, Plaintiff sets forth allegations concerning events allegedly occurring on April 4, 2019. Doc. 1 at 6. Plaintiff maintains he was handcuffed to be taken to segregation, and his cuffs began to tighten. He asked Defendant Fugitt to loosen or undo the cuffs. Id. Plaintiff alleges Defendant Smart pulled the leg irons from under his feet, and Defendants Cain and Fugitt "force [sic] Plaintiff to the floor real [sic] hard that cause [sic] Plaintiff lost [sic] half of Plaintiff tooth, buseing [sic] Plaintiff bottom lip that need stitches." Id. Plaintiff asserts Defendants Fugitt and Shoemaker kneed him in the back. Id. at 7.

         DISCUSSION

         The Court notes a district court has authority to consolidate multiple actions if they "involve a common question of law or fact." Fed.R.Civ.P. 42(a). Consolidation' under Rule 42(a) "is permissive and vests a purely discretionary power in the district court." Young v. City of Augusta, 59 F.3d 1160, 1168 (11th Cir. 1995) (internal quotes omitted). "District courts in this circuit have been urged to make good use of Rule 42(a) ... in order to expedite the trial and eliminate unnecessary repetition and confusion." Id. at 1169 (internal quotes omitted). The decision of whether to consolidate "is entirely within the discretion of the district court as it seeks to promote the administration of justice." Gentry v. Smith, 487 F.2d 571, 581 (5th Cir. 1973); see also Devlin v. Transp. Commc'ns Int'l Union. 175 F.3d 121, 130 (2d Cir. 1999) (courts can sua sponte consolidate cases under Rule 42(a)).

         In exercising that discretion, district courts must weigh the risk of prejudice and confusion wrought by consolidation against the risk of inconsistent rulings on common factual and legal questions; the burden on the parties and the court posed by multiple lawsuits as opposed to one; the length of time required to conclude multiple lawsuits as opposed to one; and the relative expense of proceeding with separate lawsuits if they are not consolidated. Hendrix v. Ravbestos-Manhattan. Inc.. 776 F.2d 1492, 1495 (11th Cir. 1985).

         Plaintiffs filings appear to arise from the same set of facts. His Complaints involve allegations that he was subjected to excessive uses of force on the same day and was injured as a result. Given this congruence, the benefits of consolidation far outweigh any prejudice to the parties. Accordingly, it will benefit judicial economy to place all of Plaintiffs claims against these Defendants in one case, Case Number 6:19-cv-36.

         CONCLUSION

         For the reasons set forth above, the Court DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to: FILE all pleadings in Case Number 6:19-cv-76 upon the record and docket of Case Number 6:19-cv-36; CONSOLIDATE Case Number 6:19-cv-76 into Case Number 6:19-cv-36; ADD FNU Smart and FNU Sharper as named Defendants upon the record and docket of Case Number 6:19-cv-36; and CLOSE Case Number 6:19-cv-76 and enter the appropriate judgment of dismissal. The Court DENIES as moot Plaintiffs Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis in Case Number 6:19-cv-76, Doc. 2. However, the Court previously granted Plaintiff leave to proceed in forma pauperis in Case Number 6:19-cv-36. Doc. 8. Plaintiff shall continue being able to proceed in forma pauperis in this consolidated action.

         SO ORDERED.

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