Swift Trans Inc.

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Civil Action No. 12 1271 (D.D.C. Jul. 31, 2012)

Civil Action No. 12 1271


ANTHONY KENNEY, Plaintiff, v. SWIFT TRANS INC., et al., Defendants.


This matter comes before the court on review of plaintiffs application to proceed in forma pauperis and pro se civil complaint. The Court will grant the application, and dismiss the complaint.

The Court has reviewed plaintiffs complaint, keeping in mind that complaints filed by pro se litigants are held to less stringent standards than those applied to formal pleadings drafted by lawyers. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972). Even pro se litigants, however, 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 that a complaint contain a short and plain statement of the grounds upon which the Court's jurisdiction depends, a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, and a demand for judgment for the relief the pleader seeks. Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a). The purpose of the minimum standard of Rule 8 is to give fair notice to the defendants of the claim being asserted, sufficient to prepare a responsive answer, to prepare an adequate defense and to determine whether the doctrine of res judicata applies. Brown v. Califano, 75 F.R.D. 497, 498 (D.D.C. 1977).

The "Draft Complaint," replete with typographical errors and sentence fragments, mentions an arbitration proceeding. Apparently plaintiff is dissatisfied with the outcome, yet he neither articulates a basis for this Court's jurisdiction, states a claim showing an entitlement to relief, nor demands any particular form of relief. As drafted, the Complaint fails to comply with Rule 8(a), and it will be dismissed. An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.


United States District Judge