Adkins et al v. Corrections Corporation of America et al

Filing 7

ORDER Plaintiffs must either obtain a waiver of service of the summons or complete service of the Summons and Complaint on Defendants within 120 days of the filing of the Complaint or within 60 days of the filing of this Order, whichever is later. This matter is referred to Magistrate Judge James F. Metcalf. Signed by Senior Judge Robert C Broomfield on 8/9/12. (TLJ)

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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 10 Branden Adkins, et al., Plaintiffs, 11 12 vs. 13 Christopher Abrams, et al., 14 Defendants. 15 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV 12-1615-PHX-RCB (JFM) ORDER 16 17 Plaintiffs Branden Adkins; Christopher Abrams; Cody Brandt; Keoki Agosto; 18 Clarence Butler, Jr.; William K. Elicker; Samuel Gusman, Jr.; Vaopele T. Iiga; Warren 19 Kekona, III; Daniel Kenolio; Keone Labatad; Harry B. Loughmiller, Jr.; Justine Luhia; Earl 20 Naki; Jason K. Santos; Loto Satele; Moses Thompson; Paul M. Togia; Senita M. Tuivailala; 21 Potaufa Ula; and Shadrach Unea, who are represented by attorney Jess A. Lorona, have filed 22 a Complaint under this Court’s diversity jurisdiction and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiffs have 23 paid the filing fee. The Court will order Defendants to answer the Complaint. 24 I. Statutory Screening of Prisoner Complaints 25 26 a governmental entity or an officer or an employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. 27 TERMPSREF The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against § 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if a plaintiff has raised 28 1 claims that are legally frivolous or malicious, that fail to state a claim upon which relief may 2 be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 3 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1), (2). 4 A pleading must contain a “short and plain statement of the claim showing that the 5 pleader is entitled to relief.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2) (emphasis added). While Rule 8 does not 6 demand detailed factual allegations, “it demands more than an unadorned, the-defendant- 7 unlawfully-harmed-me accusation.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937, 1949 (2009). 8 “Threadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory 9 statements, do not suffice.” Id. 10 “[A] complaint must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to ‘state a 11 claim to relief that is plausible on its face.’” Id. (quoting Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 12 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007)). A claim is plausible “when the plaintiff pleads factual content 13 that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the 14 misconduct alleged.” Id. “Determining whether a complaint states a plausible claim for 15 relief [is] . . . a context-specific task that requires the reviewing court to draw on its judicial 16 experience and common sense.” Id. at 1950. Thus, although a plaintiff’s specific factual 17 allegations may be consistent with a constitutional claim, a court must assess whether there 18 are other “more likely explanations” for a defendant’s conduct. Id. at 1951. 19 II. Complaint 20 Plaintiffs name the following Defendants in the Complaint: Corrections Corporation 21 of America (“CCA”); Nathaniel Samberg; Chief Lopez; C.O. Schneider; C.O. Rocha; and 22 Sort Members Ondolich, Romero, Gaulik, and Gambi. 23 24 during which a lieutenant or other employee of CCA was injured. Plaintiffs claim that, from 25 July 26, 2010 through August 30, 2010, CCA and its employees engaged in pattern of 26 retaliation that included stripping Plaintiffs of nearly all their clothing, beating them, and 27 questioning them. When Plaintiffs refused to provide written statements or provided brief 28 TERMPSREF Plaintiffs claim that on July 26, 2010, various inmates fought or caused a disturbance statements, Defendants “demanded that Plaintiffs write more, and then hit and hurt Plaintiffs -2- 1 in an effort coerce further statements.” Plaintiffs claim they had their heads banged on 2 tables while handcuffed behind their backs; were hit by multiple officers while on their knees 3 and handcuffed; and were kicked while on the ground. Plaintiffs claim that Defendants 4 threatened to continue beating them until they provided statements and that Defendants also 5 threatened to harm their families. 6 Plaintiffs raises nine claims for relief: 7 (1) 8 Defendants violated Plaintiffs’ rights under the Constitution and laws of the United States; 9 (2) Defendants committed assault and battery on each of the Plaintiffs; 10 (3) Defendants committed the tort of negligent infliction of emotional distress on 11 Plaintiffs and caused serious injuries to Plaintiffs; 12 (4) 13 Defendants “intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress upon each of the Plaintiffs and caused injuries to Plaintiffs”; 14 (5) 15 Defendants negligently and/or intentionally “inflicted serious and extreme emotional distress, fear, stress, worry, and anxiety upon Plaintiffs”; 16 (6) 17 CCA deliberately failed to preserve evidence of wrongdoing and Defendants deliberately falsified reports and other information; 18 (7) 19 Each of the Defendants “conspired to commit the wrongs alleged in Count[s] I-V . . . and took substantial steps in the commission thereof”; 20 (8) Defendants’ actions “were committed willfully, intentionally, maliciously, for 21 an improper purpose, in reckless disregard for the rights of Plaintiffs, and in 22 a grossly negligent fashion, warranting an award of exemplary or punitive 23 damages against Defendants”; and 24 (9) 25 of its employees[.]” 26 Plaintiffs seek money damages. The Court will require Defendants to answer the 27 Complaint. 28 TERMPSREF “CCA is responsible under the doctrine of respondeat superior for the actions ... -3- 1 2 IT IS ORDERED: (1) Plaintiffs must either obtain a waiver of service of the summons or complete 3 service of the Summons and Complaint on Defendants within 120 days of the filing of the 4 Complaint or within 60 days of the filing of this Order, whichever is later. If Plaintiffs fail 5 to complete service in this time, the action may be dismissed as to each Defendant not served. 6 Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m); LRCiv 16.2(b)(2)(B)(i). 7 (2) Defendants must answer the Complaint or otherwise respond by appropriate 8 motion within the time provided by the applicable provisions of Rule 12(a) of the Federal 9 Rules of Civil Procedure. 10 (3) Any answer or response must state the specific Defendant by name on whose 11 behalf it is filed. The Court may strike any answer, response, or other motion or paper that 12 does not identify the specific Defendant by name on whose behalf it is filed. 13 (4) This matter is referred to Magistrate Judge James F. Metcalf pursuant to Rules 14 72.1 and 72.2 of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure for all pretrial proceedings as authorized 15 under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). 16 DATED this 9th day of August, 2012. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TERMPSREF -4-

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