UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
March 6, 2013
MICHAEL COLEMAN SINGER, PLAINTIFF,
NATALIE SMITHOOVER, ET AL. DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: David G. Larimer United States District Judge
DECISION AND ORDER
On October 28, 2010, plaintiff commenced the instant action pro se, seeking damages for personal injuries he allegedly suffered while in custody at the Seneca County Jail. (Dkt. #1). On May 24, 2012, defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to prosecute. (Dkt. #37)
On November 9, 2012, while the motion to dismiss was pending, defendants' counsel filed a suggestion of death upon the record, and served a copy of it at plaintiff's residence, where plaintiff's adult son is believed to reside. (Dkt. #40).*fn1 The suggestion of death is supported by a copy of plaintiff's obituary, which appeared in the Finger Lakes Times on or about November 8, 2012 and was published online at legacy.com, and reported that plaintiff had died unexpectedly on November 1, 2012. (Dkt. #40).*fn2
Rule 25(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that:
[i]f a party dies and the claim is not extinguished, the court may order substitution of the proper party. A motion for substitution may be made by any party or by the decedent's successor or representative. If the motion is not made within 90 days after service of a statement noting the death, the action by or against the decedent must be dismissed.
Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 25(a)(1).
Because no one has moved to be substituted for plaintiff in this action and more than ninety days have passed since the suggestion of death was filed and served, the complaint is hereby dismissed, with prejudice, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 25(a)(1).
IT IS SO ORDERED.