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Tiburcio v. Capital of United States

United States District Court, District of Columbia

February 4, 2015

Seidy Maria Tiburcio, Plaintiff,
v.
Capital of United States, et al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

CHRISTOPHER R. COOPER, District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on its initial review of plaintiff's pro se complaint and application for leave 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).

Plaintiff has submitted a complaint and assorted attachments, which, like her previously dismissed complaint, "utterly fails to set forth a short and plain statement of the claims, as it is largely incomprehensible." Tiburcio v. Capital of the United States, No. 14-2088 (RMC) (D.D.C. Dec. 15, 2014). Hence, this case will be dismissed.


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