United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division
LARA J. WHITE, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF MINOR V R W JR. AND ON BEHALF OF VERNON RAMONE WHITE SR. ESTATE
LASALLE CORRECTIONS INC. ET AL.
G. JAMES JUDGE
L. HAYES UNITED STATES JUDGE
the undersigned Magistrate Judge is a motion to consolidate,
[doc. #20], filed by Defendants LaSalle Corrections, LLC,
Richwood Correctional Center, Lieutenant Ray Hanson,
Lieutenant Gerald Hardwell, Captain Roderick Douglas, and
Danielle Walker. The motion is unopposed. For reasons
assigned below, the motion is GRANTED in part and DENIED in
motion seeks to consolidate this case with Moore v.
LaSalle Corrections Inc., 16-cv-1007 (W.D. La. 2016).
Both cases arise out of incidents that occurred at Richwood
Correctional Center (“Richwood”) on October 12
and 13, 2015.
October 10, 2015, Vernon Ramone White, Sr. was arrested on
charges of speeding, driving without a license, driving
without proof of insurance, and contempt of court. White was
then transported to Richwood. On 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,
White 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
October 6, 2016, Lara J. White, individually and on behalf of
her son and on behalf of her husband's estate (the
“White Plaintiffs”), filed the instant wrongful
death and survival action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§
1983 and 1988 against defendants LaSalle Corrections Inc.
(“LaSalle”), Richwood Correctional Center, Warden
Ray Hanson, Lieutenant Gerald Hardwell, Corporal Officer
Danielle Walker, Captain Roderick Douglas, and the City of
Monroe. [doc. #1] (the “White Case”).
8, 2016, Plaintiffs Erie Moore, Jr., Tiffany Robinson, and
Tamara Robinson (the “Moore Plaintiffs”) also
filed a wrongful death and survival action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988 against LaSalle, Warden Ray
Hanson, Lieutenant Christopher Loring, Lt. Hardwell, Sergeant
Roy Brown, Sergeant Reginald Williams, Sergeant Kenneth Hart,
C.O. Walker, Sergeant Duan Rosenthal, Cpt. Douglas, Corporal
Officer Jeremy Runner, Corporal Reginald Curly, and the City
of Monroe. [doc. #1] (the “Moore Case”). Through
the instant motion, movants seek to consolidate the White
Case with the Moore Case.
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
Fed. R. Civ. P. 42(a). “Rule 42(a) should be used to
expedite trial and eliminate unnecessary repetition and
confusion.” Miller v. U.S. Postal Serv., ...