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Moore v. Justice Dept.

United States District Court, District of Columbia

February 26, 2014

Surf Moore, Plaintiff,
v.
Justice Dept. et al, Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This matter is before the Court on its initial review of plaintiff spro se Complaint application to proceed in forma pauperis. The Court will grant the in forma pauperis application and dismiss the case because the complaint fails to meet the minimal pleading requirements of Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Pro se litigants must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Jarrell v. Tisch, 656 F.Supp. 237, 239 (D.D.C. 1987). Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires complaints to contain "(1) a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court's jurisdiction [and] (2) a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a); see Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678-79 (2009); Ciralsky v. CIA, 355 F.3d 661, 668-71 (D.C. Cir. 2004). 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).

The plaintiff, a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, purports to sue the United States Department of Justice and a construction company based in Chicago, Illinois. Compl. at 2. The Complaint consists wholly of incoherent statements and contains no discernible request for relief. Hence, this case will be dismissed. A separate Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.


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