Hill v. Yates et al

Filing 20

ORDER Striking First Motion for Extension of Time 17 ; ORDER Granting Second Motion for Extension to Amend 19 , signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 07/01/14. Ninety-Day Deadline. (Gonzalez, R)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 DAMOR HILL, Plaintiff, 11 12 Case No. 1:13-cv-01618-AWI-SKO (PC) ORDER STRIKING FIRST MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME v. (Doc. 17) 13 JAMES A. YATES, et al., 14 Defendants. ORDER GRANTING SECOND MOTION FOR NINETY-DAY EXTENSION OF TIME TO AMEND 15 (Doc. 19) 16 _____________________________________/ 17 18 Plaintiff Damor Hill, a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this 19 civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on August 13, 2013. On May 9, 2014, the Court 20 dismissed Plaintiff’s complaint, with leave to amend within thirty days; and on May 30, 2014, the 21 Court granted Plaintiff a thirty-day extension of time to amend. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A; Fed. R. Civ. 22 P. 6(b)(1)(A). 23 On June 6, 2014, Benjamin Pavone, Esquire, filed a motion seeking a thirty-day extension 24 of time to amend on Plaintiff’s behalf. In as much as Mr. Pavone was not representing Plaintiff, 25 the motion for an extension of time shall be stricken from the record. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a); Local 26 Rule 131(b). 27 On June 27, 2014, Mr. Pavone filed a notice of substitution of attorney and a motion 28 seeking: (1) a ninety-day extension of time to allow Plaintiff to complete exhaustion of the 1 administrative remedy process so that he may be named as a plaintiff in one of counsel’s pending 2 multi-plaintiff cases litigating the same issues;1 (2) a finding that Plaintiff is entitled to equitable 3 tolling of the four year statute of limitations;2 or (3) a thirty-day extension of time to determine the 4 next appropriate step to take if the neither the first nor the second form of relief is granted. 5 The statute of limitations is an affirmative defense which may be raised by the defendants, 6 Estate of Amaro v. City of Oakland, 653 F.3d 808, 812-13 (9th Cir. 2011) (motion for summary 7 judgment); Von Saher v. Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, 592 F.3d 954, 969 (9th Cir. 8 2010) (motion to dismiss), and equitable tolling of the statute during administrative exhaustion is 9 an issue which may be raised in response by the plaintiff, McDonald v. Antelope Valley 10 Community College Dist., 45 Cal.4th 88, 102-03 (Cal. 2008). This case, however, is still in the 11 screening phase and the defendants have neither been served nor made an appearance. 28 U.S.C. 12 § 1915A; Fed. R. Civ. P. 4, 12. A determination that Plaintiff is entitled to equitable tolling is 13 premature at this juncture and Plaintiff’s request for that form of relief is denied. See e.g., Pesnell 14 v. Arsenault, 543 F.3d 1038, 1042 (9th Cir. 2008) (equitable tolling ordinarily not amendable to 15 resolution on a 12(b)(6) motion because courts must determine factual matters); McDonald, 45 16 Cal.4th at 102 (discussing elements of California’s equitable tolling doctrine). Plaintiff’s request for a ninety-day extension of time, however, is supported by good cause. 17 18 Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b)(1)(A). Conservation of the Eastern District of California’s scarce judicial 19 resources is best served by allowing Plaintiff the opportunity he seeks to explore merging his 20 claims with one of the pending multi-plaintiff cases, which would result in the dismissal of this 21 individual case. See Hunt v. County of Orange, 672 F.3d 606, 616 (9th Cir. 2012) (courts have 22 broad discretion to control course of litigation). 23 /// 24 /// 25 26 27 28 1 The exhaustion requirement is an affirmative defense, Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199, 216, 127 S.Ct. 910, 921 (2007), and a plaintiff who files suit prior to exhaustion does so prematurely and risks dismissal, Cano v. Taylor, 739 F.3d 1214, 1219 (9th Cir. 2014) (citing McKinney v. Carey, 311 F.3d 1198, 1200-1201 (9th Cir. 2002)). 2 California’s personal injury statute of limitations is two years, Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 335.1, and prisoners serving a term of less than life are entitled to toll the statute of limitations for two years, Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 352.1. 2 1 Accordingly, Plaintiff’s first motion for an extension of time, filed on June 6, 2014, is 2 STRICKEN, and Plaintiff’s second motion for a ninety-day extension of time to amend, filed on 3 June 27, 2014, is GRANTED. 4 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 1, 2014 /s/ Sheila K. Oberto UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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