Case No. 3:06-CV-38(CDL).United States District Court, M.D. Georgia, Columbus Division.
November 6, 2006
CLAY LAND, District Judge
Presently before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint (Doc. 2) pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. “[T]he analysis of a 12(b)(6) motion is limited primarily to the face of the complaint and attachments thereto.” Brooks v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Fla., Inc., 116 F.3d 1364, 1368 (11th Cir. 1997). In reviewing a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), the Court must “constru[e] the complaint in the light most favorable to the plaintiff and accept as true all facts which the plaintiff alleges.” Day v. Taylor, 400 F.3d 1272, 1275 (11th Cir. 2005). The court may only grant a Rule 12(b)(6) motion if it is “demonstrated `beyond doubt that the plaintiff can prove no set of facts in support of his claim which would entitle him
to relief.'” Id. (quoting Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41, 45-46, 78 S. Ct. 99, 102 (1957)).
Upon review of Plaintiff’s Complaint and statements of Plaintiff’s counsel, the Court finds that Defendant has not carried its burden on its Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint in its entirety. With respect to Count V, however, alleging negligent interference with current and prospective business relations, the Court finds that Plaintiff fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. This particular cause of action has not been recognized by a single Georgia court. In fact, the state courts have flatly refused to recognize a negligence-based claim for the related tort of contractual
interference. See Union Camp Corp. v. Southern Bulk Industries, Inc., 193 Ga. App. 90, 91, 386 S.E.2d 866, 867 (1989) (“`A party to a contract who is injured by reason of the failure of the other party to comply with its terms can not recover damages for the negligent act of a third person by which the performance of the contract was rendered impossible.'” (internal citation omitted)), aff’d, 259 Ga. 828, 388 S.E.2d 524 (1990). There is no reason for this Court to recognize a state law cause of action where the Georgia courts have not. Therefore, since “no set of facts . . . would entitle [800 Marketing] to relief” on this unacknowledged
cause of action, see Conley, 355 U.S. at 46-7, 78 S. Ct. at 102, the claim for negligent interference is hereby dismissed.
For the reasons stated herein, Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint (Doc. 2) is granted with respect to Count V, Negligent Interference with Current and Prospective Business Relations. With regard to the remaining counts, however, the motion is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED.