Terrence A. Hawkins v. Monique Rene Urteaga
MINUTE ORDER (IN CHAMBERS) Order to Show Cause by Magistrate Judge Douglas F. McCormick: Plaintiff is ORDERED to show cause in writing within twenty-one (21) days of the date of this order why the Complaint should not be dismissed without leave to amend for failure to state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. [See document for details.] (es)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CIVIL MINUTES – GENERAL
Mut. Ins. Co. v. Sullivan, 526 U.S. 40, 49-50 (1999). “Acting under color of state law is ‘a
jurisdictional requisite for a § 1983 action.’” Gritchen v. Collier, 254 F.3d 807, 812 (9th Cir.
2001) (quoting West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 46 (1988)). “The traditional definition of acting
under color of state law requires that the defendant in a § 1983 action have exercised power
‘possessed by virtue of state law and made possible only because the wrongdoer is clothed
with the authority of state law.’” West, 487 U.S. at 49 (citation omitted); McDade v. West,
223 F.3d 1135, 1139 (9th Cir. 2000) (citation omitted). In other words, “the under-color-ofstate-law element of § 1983 excludes from its reach ‘“merely private conduct, no matter how
discriminatory or wrongful.”’” American Mfrs. Mut. Ins. Co., 526 U.S. at 50 (citations
omitted); accord Sutton v. Providence St. Joseph Med. Ctr., 192 F.3d 826, 835 (9th Cir.
Here, Plaintiff does not allege that Defendant violated any right secured by the
Constitution or laws of the United States. Nor does he allege that Defendant was acting
under color of state law. Instead, he alleges strictly private conduct by Defendant in stealing
approximately $21,000 worth of his jewelry. See Complaint at 5-9.1 These allegations do not
appear to state a federal civil rights claim. Moreover, the Court does not see how these
deficiencies could be cured with leave to amend.
For these reasons, Plaintiff is ORDERED to show cause in writing within twentyone (21) days of the date of this order why the Complaint should not be dismissed without
leave to amend for failure to state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
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