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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

ALBANY DIVISION

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ORDER

1:13-CV-87 (WLS)






















Plaintiff,






EUGENE VERNON HARRIS,







v.


MARINE CORPS LOGISTIC BASE
OF ALBANY, GA,












Defendant.














Presently pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed In Forma

Pauperis (Doc. 2). On May 1, 2013, Plaintiff filed a Complaint in the above-captioned

matter, seeking compensation for injuries sustained as a result of chemical exposure

while performing his duties as an employee on the Marine Corps Logistics Base in

Albany, Georgia. (Doc. 1.) On October 30, 2012, the United States Department of Labor

issued a Notice of Decision, denying Plaintiff’s claim for benefits under the Federal

Employees’ Compensation Act (“FECA”). (Doc. 1-2.)

Construing Plaintiff’s allegations as a suit challenging this denial, on July 9, 2013,

the Court issued an Order informing Plaintiff that his complaint, as pleaded, fails to

allege a basis for establishing the Court’s jurisdiction to review the Secretary of Labor’s

decision to deny his benefits. (Doc. 5.) However, rather than dismissing Plaintiff’s

claim immediately for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction, the Court gave Plaintiff’s thirty

days to amend his complaint to include any facts and legal theories that could serve as

the basis for the Court’s subject-matter jurisdiction. (Id.) On July 22, 2013, Plaintiff

filed an amendment to his Complaint. (Doc. 6.) Therein, Plaintiff merely stated that he



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is “not filing a FECA case” and is requesting that the Court “grant the relief [he] seek[s].”

(Id.) The Court finds that Plaintiff’s amendment fails to create any basis for the Court’s

subject-matter jurisdiction.

As the Court’s noted in its June 20, 2013 Order, FECA is the comprehensive and

exclusive workers’ compensation scheme for federal civilian employees injured while

performing their work duties. Gilmore v. Director, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 455 F. App’x

934, 936 (11th Cir. 2012) (additional citation omitted). Judicial review of the Secretary

of Labor’s decision allowing or denying an award of benefits under FECA is precluded

except in very limited circumstances: when (1) a clear statutory mandate or prohibition

has been violated, or (2) there is a colorable constitutional claim Id. Plaintiff has not

alleged any facts showing that either of these circumstances is present. Accordingly,

Plaintiff’s Complaint (Docs. 1, 6) is DISMISSED for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction.

Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3) (“If the court determines at any time that it lacks subject-matter

jurisdiction, the court must dismiss the action.”); see also University of South Alabama

v. Am. Tobacco Co., 168 F.3d 405, 410 (11th Cir. 1999) (“[I]t is well settled that a federal

court is obligated to inquire into subject matter jurisdiction sua sponte whenever it may

be lacking.”)

SO ORDERED, this 31st day of July, 2013.



































/s/ W. Louis Sands
THE HONORABLE W. LOUIS SANDS,
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT







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