(PS) Binns v. American General Life and Accident Ins. Co.

Filing 19

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 9/10/2020 DENYING 16 Motion to Appoint Counsel. (Tupolo, A)

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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 KEYRON LAMONTE BINNS, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 15 No. 2:20–cv–1120–TLN–KJN PS ORDER (ECF No. 16.) v. AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE CO., et al., Defendants. 16 Plaintiff moves for the court to appoint counsel in his civil action against his insurer. 17 18 (ECF No. 16.) It is “well-established that there is generally no constitutional right to counsel in 19 civil cases.” United States v. Sardone, 94 F.3d 1233, 1236 (9th Cir. 1996). There are no 20 exceptional circumstances warranting the appointment of counsel in this case. Although the court 21 is sympathetic to the difficulties faced by pro se litigants in litigating their own cases in federal 22 court, the court has extremely limited resources to appoint attorneys in civil cases. Here, 23 plaintiff’s claims against his insurer are not unusually complex and can be reasonably prosecuted 24 by a pro se plaintiff. As such, plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED. 25 Dated: September 10, 2020 26 27 binn.1120 28 1

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