from the United States District Court for the Western
District of Louisiana
JOLLY, SMITH, and GRAVES, Circuit Judges.
Coleman, Louisiana prisoner # 214322, appeals the dismissal
of his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint, which was filed
in forma pauperis ("IFP"), as frivolous
and for failure to state a claim. "When a district court dismisses a
complaint both as frivolous and as failing to state a claim
under § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i) & (ii), we review the
dismissal de novo."
court affords pro se pleadings liberal
construction. But even for
pro se plaintiffs, such as Coleman, "conclusory
allegations or legal conclusions masquerading as factual
conclusions will not suffice" to state a claim for
time Coleman filed his original complaint, he had been
transferred from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center
("LPDC") to the Jefferson Parish Detention Center.
That transfer mooted his claims for declaratory and
injunctive relief under the Religious Land Use and
Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA"),
 and the possibility of his transfer
back to the LPDC is too speculative to warrant
relief. In addition, RLUIPA does not
authorize a private cause of action for compensatory or
punitive damages against the appellees in their individual or
Coleman's claim that his right to exercise his religion
freely under the First Amendment was violated because he was
not allowed to attend Jumu'ah prayer services, he has
identified no other restrictions on his ability to express or
exercise his faith. Thus, the district court did not err in
dismissing that claim.
claims regarding the denial of medical care, negligent or
deliberately indifferent infliction of injury, interference
with his mail/denial of access to the courts, denial of equal
protection, and retaliation were either not briefed at all or
not adequately briefed. Thus, they are deemed
Coleman never filed a formal motion requesting leave to file
his proposed third amended complaint, and his "proposed
order" accompanying that complaint did not qualify as
such a motion because it offered no arguments as to why good
cause authorized the filing of the complaint. The proposed
third amended complaint thus had no legal
effect. As a result,
the following persons, though named in the proposed third
amended complaint and in the caption of this appeal, are not
parties to this lawsuit: (1) Deputy Warden Yel-verton, (2)
Chaplain Denton; (3) Jim Fordham; (4) Lieutenant Otwell; (5)
Deputy A. Qualls; and (6) Jefferson Parish Detention Center.
the judgment is AFFIRMED. Coleman's motion for a proposed
settlement is DENIED.
dismissal of the complaint counts as a strike under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(g). Coleman has
at least three other strikes. As a result, he is BARRED from
proceeding IFP in any civil action or appeal filed while he
is incarcerated or detained in any facility unless he is
under imminent danger of serious physical
See 28 U.S.C. §§