Phillips v. Carey et al

Filing 1

ORDER signed by Judge John F. Moulds on 04/27/06 ORDERING the claims of all pltfs are severed; Pltf Clifford C. Larsen to proceed as sole pltf in CIV S-03-2168 RRB PAN P; Clerk is directed to a) open five separate civil actions for pltfs Michael Laga n, Demond Walker, Jason Barke, Ronald Morris and Matthew Phillips, b) assign each action to the district judge and magistrate judge to whom this instant case is assigned and make appropriate adjustment in the assignment of civil cases, c) file and do cket a copy of this order in each of the five files opened, d) place a copy of the 10/15/03 complaint in each of the file opened, e) place the IFP application filed on 01/11/05 by Ronald Morris in the file opened for this pltf, f) strike from the cap tion of each pltf's complaint all pltfs' names except the name of the individual pltf proceeding in the action and g) send each pltf an endorsed copy of the 10/15/03 complaint bearing the amended caption and the case number assigned to his own individual action; Each pltf's complaint is DISMISSED; Clerk directed to send each pltf a new form for filing a civil rights action under 42 USC 1983 and a new IFP application; Each pltf is GRANTED 30 days from the date of service of this order to file an amended complaint and a new IFP application. (Attachments: # 1 10/15/03 Complaint)(Warren, P)

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(JFM)(PC) Phillips v. Carey et al Doc. 1 Case 2:06-cv-00937-RRB-PAN Document 1 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 vs. TOM L. CAREY, et al., Defendants. / Plaintiffs are state prisoners proceeding pro se with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. This court has determined that each plaintiff should proceed separately on his own claim. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide, "[p]arties may be dropped or added by order of the court on motion of any party or of its own initiative at any stage of the action and on such terms as are just. Any claim against a party may be severed and proceeded with separately." Fed. R. Civ. P. 21. Courts have broad discretion regarding severance. See Davis v. Mason County, 927 F.2d 1473, 1479 (9th Cir. 1991). In the instant action, five plaintiffs are in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, presently confined at different locations, and one is at liberty. In this court's experience, an action brought by multiple inmate plaintiffs proceeding pro se 1 Dockets.Justia.com IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA CLIFFORD C. LARSEN, et al., Plaintiffs, No. CIV S-03-2168 RRB PAN P ORDER Case 2:06-cv-00937-RRB-PAN Document 1 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 2 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 presents procedural problems that cause delay and confusion. Delay often arises from the frequent transfer of inmates to other facilities or institutions, the changes in address that occur when inmates are released to parole, and the difficulties faced by inmates who attempt to communicate with each other and with unincarcerated individuals. Accordingly, the court will order that plaintiffs' claims be severed. Plaintiff Clifford Larsen will proceed in this action, while plaintiffs Michael Lagan, Demond Walker, Jason Barke, Ronald Morris and Matthew Phillips will proceed in five civil actions to be opened by the Clerk of the Court. Each plaintiff will proceed with his own action and will be solely responsible for his own action. The Clerk of the Court will be directed to assign the new actions to the same district judge and magistrate judge assigned to the instant action. The Clerk of the Court shall make appropriate adjustment in the assignment of civil cases to compensate for this reassignment. Each plaintiff has filed a request for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. However, since the claims will be severed, each plaintiff will be given thirty days to file, in his own action, an amended complaint and a new application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, using the forms provided by the court with this order. Each plaintiff is cautioned that if an individual action proceeds further it is probable that each plaintiff will incur a liability in the amount of the $150 filing fee, which amount will be collected from the inmate's prison trust account.1 See 28 U.S.C. 1915(b) (2000). In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. The claims of all plaintiffs are severed; //// See Information to Prisoners Seeking Leave to Proceed with a Civil Action in Federal Court In Forma Pauperis Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915. 2 1 Case 2:06-cv-00937-RRB-PAN Document 1 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 3 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 2. Plaintiff Clifford C. Larsen shall proceed as the sole plaintiff in case No. CIV S-03-2168 RRB PAN P; 3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to: a. Open five separate civil actions for plaintiffs Michael Lagan, Demond Walker, Jason Barke, Ronald Morris and Matthew Phillips; b. Assign each action to the district judge and magistrate judge to whom the instant case is assigned and make appropriate adjustment in the assignment of civil cases to compensate for such assignment; c. File and docket a copy of this order in each of the five files opened for the plaintiffs listed in number 3a above; d. Place a copy of the complaint filed October 15, 2003, in each of the files opened for the plaintiffs listed in number 3a above; e. Place the application to proceed in forma pauperis by a prisoner filed on January 11, 2005, by Ronald Morris in the file opened for this plaintiff f. Strike from the caption of each plaintiff's complaint all plaintiffs' names except the name of the individual plaintiff proceeding in the action; g. Send each plaintiff an endorsed copy of the October 15, 2003, complaint bearing the amended caption and the case number assigned to his own individual action. 4. Each plaintiff's complaint is dismissed; 5. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send each plaintiff a new form for filing a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and a new Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis By a Prisoner; and 6. Each plaintiff is granted thirty days from the date of service of this order to file an amended complaint and a new application to proceed in forma pauperis, using the forms provided by the court with this order. Each plaintiff's documents must bear the docket number 3 Case 2:06-cv-00937-RRB-PAN Document 1 Filed 04/28/2006 Page 4 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 assigned to his own individual case, and each complaint must be labeled "Amended Complaint." Each plaintiff must file an original and two copies of his amended complaint. Failure to file an amended complaint or a new application to proceed in forma pauperis in accordance with this order will result in a recommendation that the plaintiff's action be dismissed. DATED: April 27, 2006. \004 \lars2168.2 4

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