Lesofski v. Lash et al

Filing 172

ORDER granting 168 Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. Further ordered that the Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment accordingly. Signed by Senior Judge David C Bury on 9/29/2014.(BAR)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 10 11 12 13 ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) v. ) Jarrod Lash, individually and in his official ) capacity as an Instructor at Arizona School of ) ) Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, et al., ) ) Defendants. _______________________________________ ) Edward G. Lesofski, CV 11-840 TUC DCB ORDER 14 On December 27, 2011, Plaintiff filed the Complaint, alleging Defendants failed to 15 comply with non-discrimination laws, the American with Disabilities Act and the 16 Rehabilitation Act, by failing to accommodate his disability. He also asserted fraud claims 17 against the Defendant alleging they falsely held themselves out to comply with these laws. 18 On June 25, 2013, the Court dismissed Plaintiff’s claim for bullying and claims against the 19 Commission under the ADA and RA. (Order (Doc. 104)). On September 12, 2013, the 20 Court granted summary judgment for Defendant Lightener, ordered Plaintiff to refile the 21 Second Amended Complaint (Order (Doc. 124)), and on November 1, 2013, the Court 22 granted Plaintiff an extension of time and reset the case management deadlines for the case: 23 discovery due 11/30/2013; dispositive motions due 12/31/2013, and the Proposed Pretrial 24 Order due January 31, 2014, (Order (Doc. 141)). On December 5, 2013, the Plaintiff filed 25 a Notice he had accepted an offer of settlement from Defendant Accreditation Commission 26 for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). The case remained as to Defendants 27 Jarrod Lash, Susan Wagner, David Eply and the Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental 28 1 Medicine, the ASAOM Defendants.1 On July 10, 2014, the ASAOM Defendants filed a 2 Motion for Summary Judgment. 3 Defendants make the following arguments for summary judgment: 1) upon 4 Plaintiff’s application and admission to the school, the only accommodation requested and 5 granted was for his service dog to accompany him at school; 2) November 2011, Plaintiff 6 asked for and was granted test-taking accommodations, but failed to take his exams and 7 failed his courses; 3) Plaintiff cannot establish a prima facie case under the ADA or the RA. 8 Defendants assert the Plaintiff cannot establish he is disabled as defined under the ADA 9 because he presents only evidence of a diagnosis for panic disorder without agoraphobia and 10 adjustment disorder with depressed mood, but fails to present evidence of how this disorder 11 substantially limits one or more major life activities. Because Defendants agreed to his 12 requested accommodation for test-taking, and he nevertheless failed to take his tests and 13 failed his classes, he cannot show he is qualified with or without an accommodation. (MSJ 14 (Doc. 168)). All of these are well grounded reasons for granting summary judgment for 15 16 Defendant.2 Plaintiff has failed to file a Response. 17 Under Rule 7.2(i) of this Court's Local Rules of Practice (LRCiv), a failure to file 18 a responsive pleading may be deemed consent to the motion and this Court may dispose of 19 the motion summarily.3 “A motion for summary judgment cannot be granted simply because 20 the opposing party violated a local rule.” Marshall v. Gates, 44 F.3d 722, 725 (9th Cir. 1995) 21 22 23 24 25 26 1 On November 19, 2011, this Court denied the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Plaintiff’s lack of prosecution due to failing to engage in discovery, and gave the Plaintiff 7 days to respond to discovery requests and reset the discovery deadlines. 2 Even though an automatic stay is in place for Defendant Wagner, the Court grants summary judgment for all Defendants, including Defendant Wagner. 3 27 Dismissal is proper where party fails to follow a district court's local rules. United States v. Warren, 601 F.2d 471, 474 (9th Cir. 1979). 28 2 1 (citing Henry v. Gill Industries Inc., 983 F.2d 943, 950 (9th Cir. 1993). This is so because a 2 party may oppose a motion for summary judgment without offering affidavits or any other 3 materials in support of its opposition. “‘Summary judgment may be resisted and must be 4 denied on no other grounds than that the movant has failed to meet its burden of 5 demonstrating the absence of triable issues.’” Id. at 106 (quoting Henry, 983 F.2d at 950). 6 Here the Court has reviewed the Complaint and considered the merits of the motion 7 and the case. In light of these considerations, the Court finds that summarily granting the 8 motion is warranted, pursuant to Rule 7.2(i). 9 10 11 12 13 14 Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgement (Doc. 168) is summarily granted, pursuant to LRCiv. 7.2(i). IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment accordingly. DATED this 29th day of September, 2014. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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