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Caston v. Butler

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


August 19, 2010

JOEL CASTON, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JAMES BUTLER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: John D. Bates United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Plaintiff, a federal prisoner, brought this action against James Q. Butler, an attorney and the managing partner of law firm to which plaintiff paid a retainer for legal representation on a post-conviction in his criminal case. See Caston v. Butler, 629 F. Supp. 2d 20 (D.D.C. 2009). On December 4, 2009, the Court granted plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and entered a judgment in his favor for $5,000. Cason v. Butler, No. 08-1656, 2009 WL 4730753, at *1 (D.D.C. Dec. 4, 2009). On June 22, 2010, the Court denied plaintiff's demand for punitive damages, awarded pre-judgment interest, and determined that there may be a basis for a further award of compensatory damages. Caston v. Butler, No. 08-1656, 2010 WL 2505591, at *2 (D.D.C. June 22, 2010). Given plaintiff's pro se status, the Court afforded plaintiff an opportunity to submit specific documentation of any actual expenditures which would be recoverable as additional compensatory damages. See id.

Plaintiff represents that he unable to provide "specific documentation (bills, invoices, receipts, etc.) of any actual expenditures incurred in attempting to hire another attorney." Pl.'s Resp. to Order of the Court [Dkt. #37]. Defendant Butler has not filed an opposition or any other response to plaintiff's submission. It appears, then, that all issues presented in this case have been resolved, and this civil action will be dismissed. The total judgment in favor of plaintiff as reflected in the Court's prior orders will remain at $5,140.30.

An Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.

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