Christine Diamond et al v. Corizon Health, Inc. et al

Filing 44

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley granting 40 Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/5/2017)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 CHRISTINE DIAMOND, et al., Plaintiffs, 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Case No.16-cv-03534-JSC ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS v. CORIZON HEALTH, INC., et al., Re: Dkt. No. 40 Defendants. 12 13 Plaintiffs filed sue Corizon Health, Inc., the County of Alameda, Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern, 14 and various Corizon employees and members of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department 15 alleging civil rights claims under Section 1983, negligence, and a violation of California 16 Government Code § 845.6. The claims arise out of the death of their relative, Bryan Steicher, 17 while he was a pretrial detainee at Santa Rita Jail. Now pending before the Court is Defendants’ 18 Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint (“FAC”), for Judgment on the Pleadings, 19 and/or to Strike the Section 845.6 claim and Plaintiffs’ request for injunctive relief. (Dkt. No. 40.) 20 After considering the parties’ briefing, and the Court’s prior orders, the Court concludes that oral 21 argument is unnecessary and grants Defendants’ motion. 22 23 PROCEDURAL HISTORY Plaintiffs originally sued Corizon, Sheriff Ahern, and various Doe defendants. By Order 24 filed December 2, 2016, the Court dismissed Plaintiffs’ California Government Code § 845.6 25 claim against Corizon without leave to amend and against the County Defendants with leave to 26 amend. The Court also dismissed the claim for injunctive relief with leave to amend. The Order 27 gave Plaintiffs 20 days, that is until December 22, 2016, to file an amended complaint and 28 specifically warned Plaintiffs that a failure to file an amended complaint by that date would mean 1 the injunctive relief and section 845.6 claims against the County defendants are dismissed with 2 prejudice and no longer in the case. (Dkt. No. 21.) Plaintiffs did not file an amended complaint by 3 that deadline; accordingly, on January 26, 2017 the Court dismissed that section 845.6 claim and 4 the injunctive relief claim without leave to amend. (Dkt. No. 22.) The next day Plaintiffs filed a First Amended Complaint (“FAC”). The FAC adds 11 5 6 individual County and Corizon defendants, including two doctors and several county sheriff 7 deputies, and includes all the same claims from the original complaint, including the section 845.6 8 claim and the demand for injunctive relief. Specifically, the section 1983 claim is against Corizon 9 and Sheriff Ahern, the section 845.6 is against Corizon and the Corizon employees, and the negligence claim is against all defendants and thus is the one claim alleged against the newly 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 added defendants. (Dkt. No. 24.) All served defendants subsequently filed the now pending motion to dismiss/motion for 12 13 judgment on the pleadings. DISCUSSION 14 15 I. California Government Code § 845.6 16 Plaintiffs reallege their section 845.6 claim against Corizon and add the individual Corizon 17 defendants to the claim. (Dkt. No. at 24 at 12.) The Court, however, already dismissed this claim 18 against Corizon without leave to amend. (Dkt. Nos. 21.) The same reasoning applies to the 19 individual Corizon defendants. The claim is therefore again dismissed with prejudice. 20 II. Negligence 21 Plaintiffs’ negligence claim is brought against “all defendants.” Plaintiffs, however, plead 22 no facts whatsoever to support their negligence claim against any defendant; indeed, there are no 23 factual allegations against any of the individual defendants. The claim is dismissed. 24 III. 25 26 27 28 Injunctive Relief The Court previously dismissed the demand for injunctive relief for lack of standing without leave to amend. (Dkt Nos. 21, 22.) There can be no injunctive relief demand. CONCLUSION Defendants’ motion to dismiss/for judgment on the pleadings is GRANTED. Plaintiffs 2 1 cannot bring a section 845.6 claim against Corizon or the individual Corizon defendants. They 2 also cannot pursue injunctive relief. The negligence claim is dismissed with leave to amend. The 3 only claim upon which Plaintiffs are granted leave to amend is the negligence claim and if 4 Plaintiffs wish to amend the negligence claim they must do so by September 26, 2017. Any 5 amended complaint shall not include the demand for injunctive relief or the section 845.6 6 claim. 7 As the case currently stands there are two section 1983 claims and they are pled only 8 against defendants Corizon and Ahern. (Dkt. No. 24 at 7, 8.) There is no section 845.6 claim. 9 Plaintiffs are granted leave to amend to allege a negligence claim against those defendants for whom they can allege sufficient facts. To the extent Plaintiffs wish to amend their complaint other 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 than amending the negligence claim they will have to (1) get Defendants’ written consent, or (2) 12 move the Court for leave to amend. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2). 13 This Order disposes of Docket No. 40. 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. 15 Dated: September 5, 2017 16 JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States Magistrate Judge 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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