(PC) Lamon v. McTaggart et al

Filing 4

ORDER GRANTING Plaintiff's 3 Motion for Extension of Time to File Opposition to Removal of Case to Federal Court, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 11/18/2022. (Case Management Deadline: 1/6/2023)(Martin-Gill, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 BARRY LOUIS LAMON, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 Case No. 1:22-cv-01421-BAM (PC) ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE OPPOSITION TO REMOVAL OF CASE TO FEDERAL COURT v. MCTAGGART, et al., 15 (ECF No. 3) Defendants. Motion for Remand Due: January 6, 2023 16 Plaintiff Barry Louis Lamon (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil 17 18 rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. 19 On November 3, 2022, Defendants California Department of Corrections and 20 Rehabilitation (“CDCR”), K. McTaggart, D. Laughlin, J. Filippello, N. Lamb, D. Tillery, J. 21 Feltner, J. Walters, Z. Warren, J. Marquina, J. Pierce, D. Crozler, J. Sunderland, C. Jimenez, M. 22 Besson, P. J. Covello, D. Webb, B. Holmes, S. Medina, K. Pinelli, and I. Salinovich (collectively, 23 “Defendants”) removed this action from Kings County Superior Court. (ECF No. 1.) Defendants 24 further requested that the Court screen the complaint (which was the operative First Amended 25 Complaint in the Kings County Superior Court action) under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a) and that 26 Defendants be allowed forty-five days from the screening of the complaint to file a responsive 27 pleading. (Id.) 28 /// 1 1 On November 16, 2022, Plaintiff filed a motion for an extension of time to file an 2 opposition to the removal of the case to federal court. (ECF No. 3.) The Court construes the 3 request as a motion for an extension of time to file a motion to remand. Although Defendants 4 have not had an opportunity to file a response, the Court finds a response unnecessary. The 5 motion is deemed submitted. Local Rule 230(l). 6 In his motion, Plaintiff requests a thirty-day extension of time, up to and including 7 December 15, 2022, to file an opposition to the removal of this case to the federal courts. (ECF 8 No. 3.) Plaintiff states that he is a participant in the CDCR Mental Health Services Delivery 9 System, being treated at the “Enhanced Outpatient Delivery System,” which is reserved for 10 inmates suffering at the most severe level of mental illness normally housed in CDCR. As a 11 participant in the Enhanced Outpatient Program, Plaintiff is required to attend therapeutic groups 12 each weekday, which limits how often he can attend the law library. Plaintiff states he is often 13 denied yard access, and therefore access to the law library, because his therapeutic groups conflict 14 with the rotating yard schedule. Plaintiff needs time to attend the law library and access the legal 15 computer to research the applicable laws for removal of this action to federal court. (Id.) 16 Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447, following removal of a case from a state court, a motion to 17 remand the case on the basis of any defect, other than lack of subject matter jurisdiction, must be 18 made within thirty days after the filing of the notice of removal. 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c). As 19 Defendants filed the notice of removal on November 3, 2022, any motion for remand is currently 20 due on or before December 6, 2022.1 Based on Plaintiff’s lack of access to the law library at his institution, the Court finds good 21 22 cause to grant the requested thirty-day extension of time. Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b). The Court further 23 finds that Defendants will not be prejudiced by the brief extension granted here, as the Court finds 24 that in order to avoid potential conflicts with the holidays, an extension of this deadline until 25 January 6, 2023, is appropriate under the circumstances. 26 /// 27 1 28 This deadline includes an additional three days for service by mail, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6(d). 2 1 2 3 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows: 1. Plaintiff’s motion for extension of time to file a motion for remand, (ECF No. 3), is GRANTED; 4 2. Plaintiff’s motion for remand, if any, is due on or before January 6, 2023; 5 3. Defendants’ response to the motion for remand is due within twenty-one (21) days from 6 7 8 9 10 the date the motion for remand is docketed; 4. Plaintiff’s reply to Defendants’ response to the motion for remand, if any, is due within fourteen (14) days from the date of service of Defendants’ response; and 5. If Plaintiff does not file a motion for remand in compliance with the deadline set by this order, the Court will proceed with screening of the complaint in due course. 11 12 13 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Barbara November 18, 2022 A. McAuliffe _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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