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Hines v. State

United States District Court, D. Minnesota

October 8, 2019

Fredrick DeWayne Hines, Plaintiff,
v.
State of Minnesota; Minnesota Department of Corrections; Lori Swanson; Mike Dayton; Tom Roy; John Hoffman; Shane E. Wernsing; Lon Augdahl; Stephan Cranna; Jessica Buberl; James Clint Zuleger; “Commissioner of Human Services John or Jane Doe”; Michelle Smith; David Rheisus; Sherilinda Wheeler; Deborah MacNeill; Eric Nelson; Hannah Lindeman; Elizabeth Beth Strunk; Mary Spaniol; Lindsey Jennelle; Cynthia Herme; Diane Medchill; Carlirae Ronning; Mary A. Bergstad; Matthew Marsh; Jenny MacNeill; Andy DuBois; Nanette Larson; Mike Hermerding; John Melvin; Barb Manor; Amber Swanson; Elaine Crowern; “Jane Doe Skinny Minnie, RN MCF-OPH”; Carla Thompson; Kathy Reid; Brenda Smith; Katherine Uhl; Jamie Peterson; “John Doe, RN MCF-OPH”; Coleen Loucks; Danielle Kenyon; Truman Clate; Dana Hill; Bronson Austrenge; Brian Bradley; “Lt. Unknown Hagen CX-5 & MHU-CX-4 PREA Investigator”; “Lt. Unknown Monfur CX-5 & MHU-CX-4 PREA Investigator”; Chad Oye; “Lt. N. Witter PREA Investigator”; Jeffrey Gutzmer; “Sgt. S. Swanson CX-5”; Tim Farmer; Matthew Johnson; Glen Lisowy; “Sgt. Unknown Bikney CX-5”; “Sgt. Unknown Grandstand CX-5”; “Sgt. Unknown Foster CX-4”; Lon Hovak; Craig Thacker; Christopher Ewald; Matthew Cash; “Unknown Speilman CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “D. Strickland CX-5”; “B. Lor CX- 5”; “Unknown Giraud CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “Unknown Uhl CX-5”; Bret Rangstich; “S. Stanley CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “Unknown Kosh CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; Victor Torres; “Unknown Jackson CX-5 & CX-4”; Jerry Thor; Adam Perry; “Unknown Berts CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “J. Priase CX-5; CX-4”; Briah Rhor; Carlton Perry; “J. Fredrick CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “Unknown Minke CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “F. Wilson CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “Unknown Antilla CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “Unknown Minneto CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “Unknown Graves CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “K. Fisher CX-5 & MHU-CX-4”; “C. Smith CX-5, CX-4”; Mic Klin; Brandon Huynh; “J. Smith CX-5, CX-4”; Anthony Crea; “Unknown O'Neill ACU, CX-5 & CX-4”; Doug Witte; Todd Bergstad; “Unknown O'Neill CX-5-MHU, CX-4 & ACU-Unit”; “A. Yates CX-5 & CX-4”; James Toughy; and “Inmate Drama CX-4”, Defendants.

          ORDER

          ERIC C. TOSTRUD, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

         Plaintiff Frederick Dewayne Hines filed a Motion to Dismiss Defendants' From Civil Suit on The Court on October 3, 2019. ECF No. 138. In that filing, Hines stated that seven Defendants-the State of Minnesota, Lori Swanson, John Hoffman, James Clint Zuleger, the Commissioner of Human Services, Mike Dayton, and Jessica Buberl-“will be voluntarily dismissed.” Id. at 1. Although Hines captioned his filing as a motion, the Court construes it liberally as a notice of voluntary dismissal under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(i). See Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S 89, 94 (2007) (applying liberal pleading construction to pro se filings). That rule provides that a plaintiff may voluntarily “dismiss an action without a court order by filing: a notice of dismissal before the opposing party serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment.” Although all of the Defendants against whom Hines wishes to dismiss his claims have moved to dismiss, none have answered or filed a summary-judgment motion in this case. Accordingly, Hines' filing effectively dismisses his claims against the seven Defendants he identified.

         Based on the foregoing, and on all of the files, records, and proceedings herein, IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff Frederick Dewayne Hines's Motion to Dismiss Defendants' From Civil Suit [ECF No. 138] is GRANTED, and the claims alleged against Defendants the State of Minnesota; Lori Swanson, Attorney General; John Hoffman, Judge of the Tenth Judicial District; the Commissioner of Human ...


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