Furnace v. Sullivan et al

Filing 51

ORDER REOPENING AND REFERRING CASE FOR SETTLEMENT PROCEEDINGS; DIRECTIONS TO CLERK. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on February 20, 2013. (mmcsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/20/2013) (Additional attachment(s) added on 2/20/2013: #1 Certificate of Service) (tlS, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) PAUL SULLIVAN, Correctional ) Officer, et al., ) ) Defendants. _______________________________ ) EDWARD TERRAN FURNACE, No. C 07-4441 MMC (PR) ORDER REOPENING AND REFERRING CASE FOR SETTLEMENT PROCEEDINGS; DIRECTIONS TO CLERK 17 18 On August 28, 2007, plaintiff, a California prisoner currently incarcerated at Corcoran 19 State Prison and proceeding pro se filed the above-titled civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. 20 § 1983, alleging the violation of his constitutional rights by prison officials at Salinas Valley 21 State Prison (“SVSP”). Specifically, plaintiff alleged such prison officials violated his 22 Eighth Amendment rights by spraying him with an excessive quantity of pepper spray. 23 Plaintiff also alleged that his Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection rights were violated 24 when prison officials denied him a vegetarian meal. 25 In its Order Granting Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment, filed March 31, 26 2010, the Court determined defendants were entitled to qualified immunity on plaintiff’s 27 Eighth Amendment claim, finding they could reasonably have perceived plaintiff posed a 28 threat. The Court also granted summary judgment to defendants on plaintiff’s Equal 1 Protection claim due to plaintiff’s failure to show he was treated differently from other 2 inmates in the relevant class. Plaintiff appealed. On appeal, the Ninth Circuit, in an opinion filed January 17, 2013, affirmed the 3 4 Court’s ruling on the Equal Protection claim but reversed and remanded as to the Eighth 5 Amendment claim. See Furnace v. Sullivan, No. 10-15961, slip op. (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2013). 6 Specifically, the Ninth Circuit found triable issues of material fact existed as to whether 7 plaintiff posed a threat to defendants and whether defendants’ discharge of pepper spray was 8 required to gain his compliance, thereby precluding summary judgment for defendants on the 9 basis of qualified immunity. See id. The mandate issued February 14, 2013. (Docket No. United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 49.) The Northern District has established a Pro Se Prisoner Mediation Program under 12 which prisoner civil rights cases may be referred to a neutral Magistrate Judge for settlement 13 proceedings. The Court finds the instant matter suitable for such referral. 14 15 16 Accordingly, the Clerk is hereby directed to REOPEN the instant action, and the case is hereby REFERRED to Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas for settlement proceedings. The proceedings shall take place within 120 days of the date this order is filed, or as 17 soon thereafter as Magistrate Judge Vadas’ calendar will permit. Magistrate Judge Vadas 18 shall coordinate a place, time and date for one or more settlement conferences with all 19 interested parties and/or their representatives and, within fifteen days of the conclusion of all 20 settlement proceedings, shall file with the Court a report thereon. 21 The Clerk is directed to serve Magistrate Judge Vadas with a copy of this order and to 22 notify Magistrate Judge Vadas that a copy of the court file can be retrieved from the court’s 23 electronic filing database (ECF). 24 25 26 27 IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: February 20, 2013 _________________________ MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge 28 2

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