(PC) Hampton v. Austin et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis M. Cota on 9/7/2021 ORDERING the Court sua sponte extends the time for plaintiff to file a first amended complaint. Plaintiff may file a first amended complaint within 45 days. The Clerk shall send to plaintiff the civil rights complaint form for prisoners. (Yin, K)
Case 2:20-cv-01001-KJM-DMC Document 18 Filed 09/08/21 Page 1 of 2
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GARY G. HAMPTON, JR.,
LORI W. AUSTIN, et al.,
Plaintiff, a prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights action under 42
U.S.C. § 1983.
On July 23, 2021, the Court issued an order addressing the sufficiency of
Plaintiff’s original complaint and provided Plaintiff an opportunity to file a first amended
complaint curing the defects identified in the order. See ECF No. 16. Apparently in response to
the Court’s order, Plaintiff filed a document captioned “Order: Request to Amend Complaint;
I’ve Been Instructed to Amend My Complaint Within 30 Days From Requested Filed Date of 7-
23-21.” ECF No. 17. In this filing, Plaintiff explains that he has a learning disability and
difficulty understanding. See id. Plaintiff then attempts to “connect the dots” to address the
defects identified in the Court’s July 23, 2021, screening order. See id.
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To the extent Plaintiff intends this filing to constitute his first amended complaint,
it cannot do so because it is not complete in itself as required under Eastern District of California
Local Rule 220. In particular, the Court would be required to refer to the original complaint in
order to determine whether Plaintiff has in fact successfully “connected the dots.” As a general
rule, an amended pleading supersedes the prior pleading. See Ferdik v. Bonzalet, 963 F.2d 1258,
1262 (9th Cir. 1992). Were the Court to consider Plaintiff’s current filing an amended complaint,
it would be incomplete and fail to state any claims. The Court will provide Plaintiff additional
time to file a first amended complaint which is complete in itself without reference to the original
complaint. Plaintiff is again cautioned that, if no first amended complaint is filed within the time
provided below, the action will proceed on the original complaint.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
The Court sua sponte extends the time for Plaintiff to file a first amended
Plaintiff may file a first amended complaint within 45 days of the date of
Any first amended complaint shall be complete in itself without reference
to any prior pleading; and
The Clerk of the Court shall send to Plaintiff the Court’s form civil rights
complaint for prisoners.
Dated: September 7, 2021
DENNIS M. COTA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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