October 29, 2013
TROY VANCURTIS ELLIS Plaintiff,
SHERIFF TYRONE LEWIS, et al., Defendants.
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
F. KEITH BALL, Magistrate Judge.
This cause comes before the undersigned on the motion of Defendants Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to dismiss without prejudice. Plaintiff has not responded to the motion. The undersigned recommends that the motion be granted.
Plaintiff is a state inmate who was previously housed at the Hinds County Detention Center (HCDC). He is proceeding in forma pauperis. In his complaint, he alleges that he did not receive medical care after being struck on the head by a steel cover plate on July 14, 2012, at HCDC. Plaintiff has asserted this identical claim in an amendment to an earlier-filed action in this court, Troy Vancurtis Ellis v. Major Mary Rushing, et al., civil action no. 3:11cv749-LRA. The earlier action remains pending. The Fifth Circuit has indicated that a subsequent in forma pauperis lawsuit that is duplicative of an earlier-filed one may be dismissed. Pittman v. Moore, 980 F.2d 994, 995 (5th Cir. 1993).
For this reason, the undersigned recommends that this action be dismissed without prejudice. The parties are hereby notified that failure to file written objections to the proposed findings, conclusions, and recommendation contained within this report and recommendation within fourteen (14) days after being served with a copy shall bar that party, except upon grounds of plain error, from attacking on appeal the proposed factual findings and legal conclusions accepted by the district court. 28 U.S.C. § 636; Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b); Douglass v. United Services Automobile Ass'n, 79 F.3d 1415, 1428-29 (5th Cir. 1996).