(PC) Stobbe v. Gill et al

Filing 8

ORDER DENYING 7 Plaintiff's Motion, signed by Magistrate Judge Helena M. Barch-Kuchta on 04/23/2021. (Maldonado, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 FORREST STOBBE, 12 13 Plaintiff, 16 17 18 ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION v., 14 15 Case No. 1:20-cv-00656-HBK (PC) (Doc. No. 7) DR. GILL, in her official capacity; R. FISHER, Warden; VALLEY STATE PRISON; CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS; STATE OF CALIFORNIA, Defendant. 19 20 21 Pending before the court is plaintiff’s pleading titled “Petition Pursuant to Government 22 Code § 946.6 relieving § 945.4 (Claim Preservation)” filed February 16, 2021. (Doc. No. 7). 23 Liberally construed, it appears plaintiff pre-emptively files this pleading as a motion to obtain 24 relief for his failure to timely comply with the government tort claims process in California. (Id. 25 at 1-4). Attached to the plaintiff’s motion are copies of medical grievances and letters. (Id. at 5- 26 10). Plaintiff, a prisoner, and is proceeding pro se on his amended complaint filed under 42 27 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment for medical deliberate indifference, 28 1 1 the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and a state law negligence and/or 2 medical malpractice claim. (Doc. No. 5). Plaintiff paid the filing fee to proceed in this action. 3 (Receipt No. CAE100045610). 4 Plaintiff’s motion sets forth his understanding regarding the exhaustion of administrative 5 remedies requirement under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PRLA) and California law related 6 to pendent state law tort claims. (Doc. No. 7). Plaintiff acknowledges that the PLRA requires he 7 exhaust his administrative remedies before initiating a lawsuit and states that, while he diligently 8 pursued his administrative remedies under the PRLA, his governmental tort law claim was 9 rejected as untimely. (Id. at 1-3). Plaintiff asks the court to excuse his delay in timely complying 10 with the state government claims process because he was availing himself of the administrative 11 process required by the PLRA and made an “honest mistake.” (Id. at 3). 12 Considering the procedural posture of this case, including the plaintiff’s amended 13 complaint has not yet been screened, the court finds plaintiff’s pre-emptive opposition to either an 14 exhaustion-based summary judgment motion or motion to dismiss to be premature. To 15 adequately state a tort claim for damages, plaintiff bears the burden of alleging compliance with 16 the requirements of California’s government tort claims process. See Karim-Panahi v. Los 17 Angeles Police Department, 839 F.2d 621 (9th Cir. 1988) (noting that a plaintiff failure to comply 18 with claim-filing requirements under California Tort Claims act bars pendent state claims). 19 Should this case proceed past the second § 1915A screening, plaintiff may raise any arguments 20 asserted herein to oppose a motion to dismiss or for summary judgment concerning his timely 21 compliance with California’s government tort claims process. 22 Accordingly, it is ORDERED: 23 Plaintiff’s pleading (Doc. No. 7), construed as a pre-emptive opposition to an exhaustion- 24 based summary judgment motion or motion to dismiss, is DENIED without prejudice as 25 premature. 26 27 28 2 1 2 IT IS SO ORDERED. 3 Dated: 4 5 April 23, 2021 HELENA M. BARCH-KUCHTA UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 6 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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