United States District Court, D. Maryland
L. Hollander United States District Judge.
Yvonne Roundtree is a Maryland resident who appears to be
domiciled in Maryland. On October 12 2016, she filed a
complaint in this court, based on diversity of citizenship of
the parties, presenting claims of personal injury and
discrimination. ECF 1; ECF 4-1 at 4. Roundtree seeks $1
million dollars for personal injury and $1 million dollars
for a “Civil Rights VI Violation.” ECF 1 at 5.
who is self-represented, initially filed her complaint, as
well as a motion to proceed in forma pauperis, on Maryland
state court forms. ECF 1; ECF 2. On October 28, 2016, I
ordered plaintiff to file her complaint and her request for
leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appropriate federal
forms, due within fourteen days. ECF 3. Roundtree belatedly
submitted a second copy of the state court in forma pauperis
form (ECF 4), as well as a supplement to her complaint. ECF
claims she was injured on February 8, 2016, when she was
exiting an Amtrak train at the station in Trenton, New
Jersey. ECF 1; ECF 4-1. She also claims an Amtrak employee
discriminated against her in a separate incident on August 4,
2016, at an unspecified location. Id.
Personal Injury Claim
claims that as she was exiting Amtrak train No. 188 at 9:30
p.m. on February 8, 2016, with her last bag, the train began
to move. ECF 1 at 2. The train door was open, so she jumped
onto the station platform, where she had left her pocketbook
and another bag. Id. The train stopped and she
informed the train attendant of what happened. Id.
Roundtree asserts that she is being treated for back and hip
injury, presumably as a result of the incident. Id.;
see also ECF 1-1 (medical records); ECF 4-1.
presents her second claim as follows, ECF 1 at 2; see
also ECF 4-1:
Mr. D. Kraus #487, Amttrak [sic] Officer terminated; he
grabbed my luggage and would not let me enter the train, Even
[sic] though I had a ticket; another black worker Rashad also
was involved; want them both terminated I was only refunded
$53, Amtrak owes me $51 dollars, my fare was $110.00, I did
report this incident to customer service.
I had to get other transportation out of Baltimore.
does not state where this incident occurred or the factual
basis of the alleged discrimination. Although Roundtree
states she is a senior citizen, she does not allege the
Amtrak employee's action constituted discrimination due
to her age. Roundtree appended several pages of attachments
to her suit, suggesting that she may be relying on the
Americans with Disabilities Act. See, e.g.,
ECF 1 at 6-8.
civil pleading rules provide for a minimal pleading standard
to ensure that the adverse party is reasonably informed of
asserted causes of action, such that he/it can file a
responsive answer and prepare an adequate defense.
Fed.R.Civ.P 8(a)(2). Except in certain specified cases, a
plaintiff's complaint need only satisfy the
“simplified pleading standard” of Rule 8(a).
Swierkiewicz v. Sorema, N.A.,534 U.S. 506, 513
(2002). This ...