United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division
ERIE MOORE, JR. ET AL.
LASALLE CORRECTIONS INC. ET AL.
G. JAMES JUDGE
L. Hayes United States Magistrate Judge
the undersigned Magistrate Judge is a motion to consolidate,
[doc. #23], filed by Defendants LaSalle Corrections, LLC,
Lieutenant Gerald Hardwell, Lieutenant Christopher Loring,
Sergeant Reginald Williams, Sergeant Duan Rosenthal, Captain
Roderick Douglas, Corporal Office Reginald Curly, Sergeant
Kenneth Hart, and Jeremy Runner. Plaintiffs oppose the
motion. For reasons assigned below, the motion is GRANTED in
part and DENIED in part.
motion seeks to consolidate this case with White v.
LaSalle Corrections Inc., 16-cv-1405 (W.D. La. 2016).
Both cases arise out of incidents that occurred at Richwood
Correctional Center (“Richwood”) on October 12
and 13, 2015.
October 12, 2015, Erie Moore, Sr. was arrested for disturbing
the peace and placed in an isolation lockdown cell at
Richwood. At first, Moore was alone in the lockdown cell.
Around 9:00 p.m. that night, another Richwood inmate, Vernon
Ramone White, Sr., engaged in a fight with a third inmate
named Erin Daniels. As a result, White was placed in the
isolation lockdown cell with Moore. On the morning of October
13, 2015, Moore and White had a physical altercation and
needed medical attention. Both inmates were then returned to
the same lockdown cell. On the night of October 13, 2015,
White and Moore engaged in a second fight, resulting in
substantial injuries to White. When the defendant officers
discovered White's injuries, Moore was forcibly removed
from the cell. White was transported to Conway Medical Center
in Monroe, Louisiana, and pronounced dead that night.
Meanwhile, while being removed from the lockdown cell, Moore
suffered severe injuries and eventually died approximately
one month later on November 14, 2015, at University Health
Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
8, 2016, Plaintiffs Erie Moore, Jr., Tiffany Robinson, and
Tamara Robinson (the “Moore Plaintiffs”) filed
the instant wrongful death and survival action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988 against defendants LaSalle
Corrections Inc. (“LaSalle”), Warden Ray Hanson,
Lieutenant Christopher Loring, Lieutenant Gerald Hardwell,
Sergeant Roy Brown, Sergeant Reginald Williams, Sergeant
Kenneth Hart, Corporal Officer Danielle Walker, Sergeant Duan
Rosenthal, Captain Roderick Douglas, Corporal Officer Jeremy
Runner, Corporal Reginald Curly, and the City of Monroe.
[doc. #1] (the “Moore Case”).
October 6, 2016, Lara J. White, individually and on behalf of
her son (the “White Plaintiffs”), also filed a
wrongful death and survival action pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
§§ 1983 and 1988 against LaSalle, Lt. Hardwell,
C.O. Walker, Cpt. Douglas, Warden Hanson, Richwood, and the
City of Monroe as a result of her husband Vernon's death.
White v. LaSalle Corrections Inc., 16-cv-1405 (W.D.
La. 2016) (the “White Case”). Through the instant
motion, movants seek to consolidate the Moore Case with the
Rule of Civil Procedure 42(a) provides,
(a) Consolidation. If actions before the court involve a
common question of law or fact, the court may:
(1) join for hearing or trial any or all matters at issue in
(2) consolidate the actions; or
(3) issue any other orders to avoid unnecessary cost or