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Duplessie v. Riddle

United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana

November 5, 2014

STACY DUPLESSIE
v.
JAMES D. RIDDLE

RULING

JAMES J. BRADY JUDGE

This matter is before the Court on the Defendant James Riddle's (Riddle) Motion (Doc. 2) to Dismiss pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 12(b)(6). The Plaintiff Stacy Duplessie (Duplessie) opposed the motion. (Doc. 5). Jurisdiction is based on 28 U.S.C. § 1331. Oral argument is not necessary. For the reasons provided herein, the Court DENIES the Defendant's Motion (Doc. 2) to Dismiss.

Background

Duplessie alleges that Riddle, an attorney practicing law in Louisiana, tiled suit on behalf of First Franklin Financial Corporation against Duplessie and his wife "for sums due ... on a consumer loan." (Doc. 1 at 2). According to Duplessie, the loan "was in the name of Bonnie Duplessie only and was primarily for personal, family or household purposes only." Id. Duplessie believes that he was not contractually obligated on the loan and that Riddle's suit against him violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), specillcally 15 U.S.C. § 1692e and f. Id. In support of his claim, Duplessie alleges that Riddle is a "debt collector" as defined under the statute and that the statute "prohibits debt collectors from engaging in abusive, deceptive, and unfair practices for suing [a party] on a debt for which [that party] is not personally liable." Id. at 1.

Law

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) provides for dismissal of a complaint for "failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted." Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6). "Viewing the facts as pled in the light most favorable to the nonmovanl, a motion to dismiss . . . should not be granted if a complaint provides 'enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.'" Jebaco, Inc. v. Harrah's Operating Co., Inc., 587 F.3d 314, 318 (5th Cir. 2009) (quoting Bell Atl. Corp. V. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007). A claim is facially plausible "when the plaintiff pleads factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged." Twombly, 550 U.S at 570. The court will not accept as true "conclusory allegations, unwarranted factual inferences, or legal conclusions." Plotkin v. IP Axess, Inc., 507 F.3d 690, 696 (5th Cir. 2005).

Analysis

Riddle contends that there is no discussion of the manner in which the he violated each of the mentioned sections of the FDCPA such that he can determine the factual grounds for each such claim and thus the Court should dismiss the plaintiffs FDCPA claims for failure to state a claim. (Doc. 2-1 at 3). The Court agrees.

Duplessie appears to allege that because he "was not contractually obligated" on the loan held in his wife's name that Riddle's suit against him violates the FDCPA. (Doc. 1 at 2). Nevertheless, Duplessie merely reaches a legal conclusion that he was not liable on the loan in his wife's name and also concludes, without support, that Riddle's suit against him constitutes a violation of the FDCPA. Under Twombly, conclusory allegations are not entitled to the assumption of truth otherwise granted under the 12(b)(6) analysis. Plolkin, 507 F.3d 696. Even taking the complaint in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, Dupiessie's claim is not "facially plausible" such that this Court can "draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged." Twombly, 550 U.S. at 570.

Conclusion

For the reasons stated herein, the Defendant's motion to dismiss (Doc. 2) is DENIED and the Court GRANTS the Plaintiff leave to amend his complaint. The Plaintiff is ORDERED to file any amended complaint within 20 days of the date of this Ruling.


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