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Parker v. Jones

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


February 12, 2007

MONROE R. PARKER, JR., PLAINTIFF,
v.
EDWARD JONES, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Emmet G. Sullivan United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This action, filed pro se and proceeding in forma pauperis, is before the Court on the separate motions to dismiss or for a more definite statement brought on behalf of the Bank of America ("BOA") and Edward D. Jones & Co. L.P. ("Edward Jones"), and the motion to dismiss brought on behalf of Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada ("FINTRAC"). Plaintiff has not opposed the latter motion. Pursuant to the Order of July 18, 2006, FINTRAC's motion to dismiss will be granted as conceded.

Upon consideration of the complaint, BOA's and Edward Jones' motions and plaintiff's opposition, the Court finds that the complaint fails to comply with the minimal pleading requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Defendants' respective motions to dismiss based on Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure therefore will be granted and the case will be dismissed.*fn1

Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires complaints to contain "(1) a short and plain statement of the grounds upon which the court's jurisdiction depends [and] (2) a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8 (a). The Rule 8 standard ensures that defendants receive fair notice of the claim being asserted so that they can prepare a responsive answer and an adequate defense and determine whether the doctrine of res judicata applies. Brown v. Califano, 75 F.R.D. 497, 498 (D.D.C. 1977). Plaintiff appears to be accusing defendants of fraudulent acts stemming from one or more bank transactions. He does not, however, state in the complaint or the opposition the basis of federal court jurisdiction or any cogent facts showing his entitlement to relief. Moreover, a claim predicated on fraud must be pleaded with particularity. Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b). "The circumstances that must be pleaded with specificity are matters such as the time, place, and contents of the false representations," U.S. ex rel. Totten v. Bombardier Corp., 286 F.3d 542, 552 (D.C. Cir. 2002) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted), and the "individuals allegedly involved in the fraud." U.S. ex rel. Williams v. Martin-Baker Aircraft Co., Ltd., 389 F.3d 1251, 1256 (D.C. Cir. 2004). The complaint allegations are too vague and confusing to satisfy this pleading requirement.

For the foregoing reasons, defendants' respective motions are granted. A separate Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion. .


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