Young v. Rodriguez et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 02/14/18 VACATING 29 Motion for Summary Judgment. Discovery is re-opened and the parties may conduct discovery until 4/17/18. All pretrial motions, except motions to compel discovery, shall be filed on or before 8/24/18. (Plummer, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
DANNY GEROME YOUNG,
No. 2:15-cv-2604 GEB CKD P
RODRIGUEZ, et al.,
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a civil rights action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 1983. Currently before the court is defendants’ fully briefed motion for summary
judgment. (ECF No. 29.) For the reasons set forth below, the court will vacate the motion for
summary judgment and briefly re-open discovery.
In screening the first amended complaint, the court simply held that it stated a cognizable
claim and cited to the screening of the original complaint. (ECF No. 10.) The screening order for
the original complaint stated that plaintiff had “implicate[d] the free exercise clause.” (ECF No. 5
at 4.) It appears that defendants have accordingly treated plaintiff’s first amended complaint as
containing only a First Amendment claim. (See ECF No. 29.) However, the first amended
complaint also clearly implicated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
(RLUIPA) and the Fourteenth Amendment because plaintiff explicitly invoked RLUIPA and
stated that he was treated differently from inmates of other religions who are permitted to wear
their religious head coverings without special permission. (ECF No. 9 at 3, 6-9.) Neither of these
claims is addressed in defendants’ motion for summary judgment, which appears to seek
dismissal of the entire case. (ECF No. 29.) Because the screening order did not make clear that
plaintiff also had cognizable equal protection and RLUIPA1 claims, the court will vacate the
pending motion for summary judgment and briefly re-open discovery to allow additional
discovery related to those claims. Upon the close of discovery, the parties will have the
opportunity to file dispositive motions.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 29) is vacated.
2. Discovery is re-opened and the parties may conduct discovery until April 17, 2018.
Any motions necessary to compel discovery shall be filed by April 17, 2018. All requests for
discovery pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 31 (deposition by written question), 33
(interrogatories), 34 (production of documents), or 36 (admissions) shall be served no later than
March 2, 2018. Responses to written discovery requests shall be due thirty days after the
request is served.
3. All pretrial motions, except motions to compel discovery, shall be filed on or before
August 24, 2018.
Dated: February 14, 2018
CAROLYN K. DELANEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The court notes that plaintiff’s RLUIPA claim is likely moot since he has been transferred to
another prison and the complaint appears to challenge how the policy was enforced at California
Health Care Facility rather than the policy itself. See Jones v. Williams, 791 F.3d 1023, 1031
(9th Cir. 2015) (RLUIPA does not authorize monetary damages against state officials in either
their individual or official capacities (citing Sossamon v. Texas, 563 U.S. 277, 284-85 (2011);
Wood v. Yordy, 753 F.3d 899, 903-04 (9th Cir. 2014)); Nelson v. Heiss, 271 F.3d 891, 897 (9th
Cir. 2001) (“[W]hen a prisoner is moved from a prison, his action will usually become moot as to
conditions at that particular facility” (citing Dilley v. Gunn, 64 F.3d 1365, 1368-69 (9th Cir.
1995))); Johnson v. Moore, 948 F.2d 517, 519 (9th Cir. 1991) (claims for injunctive relief related
to conditions of confinement were moot where prisoner was transferred to another facility and
“demonstrated no reasonable expectation of returning to [the original facility].” (citing Darring v.
Kincheloe, 783 F.2d 874, 876 (9th Cir. 1986))).
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