Buchanan v. Hanz et al

Filing 19

ORDER denying Plaintiff's 16 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Judge James A Teilborg on 7/10/12.(REW)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 David Buchanan, Plaintiff, 10 11 vs. 12 Hahn, et al., 13 Defendant. 14 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CV 11-1621-PHX-JAT ORDER 15 Pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration (“Motion”). Doc. 16 17 16. The Court now rules on the Motion. 18 I. BACKGROUND 19 On August 18, 2011, Plaintiff David Buchanan (“Plaintiff”) filed a pro se Civil Rights 20 Complaint by a Prisoner (Doc. 1) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1983 while incarcerated at the 21 Maricopa County Durango Jail in Phoenix. This Court granted Plaintiff leave to file an 22 amended complaint and screened Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint (Doc. 4) in an Order 23 (Doc. 7) filed on October 13, 2011. In the screening order, Plaintiff was ordered to complete 24 and return a service packet within 21 days for Jim Hahn, the named defendant, after which 25 the U.S. Marshal Service would notify Hahn and effect service. The screening order also 26 warned Plaintiff that if he failed to timely comply with the provisions in the screening order, 27 the action would be dismissed pursuant to Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil 28 Procedure. Additionally, Plaintiff was specifically warned that if he failed to file a notice of 1 change of address in accordance with Rule 83.3(d) of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure, the 2 action may be dismissed. 3 Plaintiff timely returned the service packet, but it was incomplete. Thus, the Clerk of 4 Court returned the service packet to Plaintiff on October 24, 2011 for proper completion. 5 When Plaintiff again failed to return the service packet, the Court sent an Order to Show 6 Cause (Doc. 12) on December 20, 2011, requiring Plaintiff to respond within 20 days of the 7 Order. After Plaintiff failed to return a completed service packet to the Clerk of Court or 8 notify the Court of a new address within the 20 day deadline, the Clerk of Court entered a 9 Judgment of dismissal of this action on January 27, 2012 (Doc. 15). 10 II. LEGAL STANDARD 11 Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a motion for reconsideration can be 12 brought under either Rule 59(e) or Rule 60(b). Fuller v. M.G. Jewelry, 950 F.2d 1437, 1442 13 (9th Cir. 1991) (citing Taylor v. Knapp, 871 F.2d 803, 805 (9th Cir. 1989)). Rule 59(e) 14 governs motions filed within 28 days of entry of judgment. See Coyaso v. Bradley Pac. 15 Aviation, Inc., CIV. 11-00267 JMS, 2012 WL 1883718 (D. Haw. May 21, 2012); United 16 States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., 513 F.3d 1085, 1098 (9th Cir. 2008). “A Rule 17 59(e) motion should not be granted ‘unless the district court is presented with newly 18 discovered evidence, committed clear error, or if there is an intervening change in the 19 controlling law.’” McQuillion v. Duncan, 343 F.3d 1012, 1014 (9th Cir. 2003) (quoting 20 McDowell v. Calderon, 197 F.3d 1253, 1255 (9th Cir. 1999) (en banc)). Generally, the Court 21 will deny a motion for reconsideration absent a showing of manifest error or a showing of 22 new facts or legal authority that could not have been brought to the Court’s attention earlier 23 with reasonable diligence. L.R.Civ.P. 7.2(g). 24 Alternatively, if a motion for reconsideration is filed more than 28 days after the 25 judgment, it will be considered under Rule 60(b). Rule 60(b) provides for reconsideration 26 only upon a showing of: (1) mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect; (2) newly 27 discovered evidence; (3) fraud, misrepresentation or other misconduct of the adverse party; 28 (4) a void judgment; (5) a satisfied, released or discharged judgment, or (6) “extraordinary -2- 1 circumstances” which would justifying relief. Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b); see Fuller, 950 F.2d at 2 1442 (citing Taylor, 871 F.2d at 805). 3 III. ANALYSIS 4 Because Plaintiff filed his Motion for Reconsideration within 28 days of judgment, 5 the Court analyzes his Motion under Rule 59(e). Here, Plaintiff alleges that because inmates 6 depend on outside vendors to supply legal materials and complete requests, inmates 7 frequently miss deadlines and violate court orders due to circumstances beyond their control. 8 Doc. 16 at 1. Plaintiff also argues that because inmates are not allowed to possess any of their 9 legal materials while detained at the Arizona Department of Corrections Processing Center 10 (Alhambra), delivery of these materials are delayed until inmates reach their final destination. 11 This delay, Plaintiff argues, also causes inmates to miss their filing dates. Id. at 2. Finally, 12 Plaintiff cites his recent transfer from Maricopa County Durango Jail to Alhambra as the 13 reason for his failure to return the completed service packet and comply with this Court’s 14 December 20, 2011 Order to Show Cause. 15 Although Plaintiff argues that his circumstances justify reconsideration, a Rule 59(e) 16 motion can only be granted if Plaintiff carries his burden of establishing newly discovered 17 evidence, clear error, or an intervening change in the controlling law. See McQuillion, 343 18 F.3d at 1014. Here, Plaintiff fails to argue or present evidence supporting any of these 19 factors. Plaintiff also had 95 days to complete the service packet following the Clerk of 20 Court’s October 24, 2011 notice of incompletion before Judgment was entered on January 21 27, 2012. Still, nowhere in his Motion does Plaintiff include the specific dates of his transfer 22 or in any way indicate the amount of time that he was unable to possess legal material while 23 at Alhambra beyond that he was “in the process of complying with the Court’s order 24 regarding the service packet when he was moved. . . .” Doc. 16 at 2. In light of Plaintiff’s 25 repeated failure to timely comply with this Court’s orders, the Court will deny the Rule 59(e) 26 motion. 27 /// 28 /// -3- 1 Accordingly, 2 IT IS ORDERED denying Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration (Doc. 16). 3 DATED this 10th day of July, 2012. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -4-

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