Plata et al v. Schwarzenegger et al

Filing 3253

ORDER DENYING 3229 MOTION TO INTERVENE BY VALLEY FEVER PRISONERS. Signed by Judge Jon S. Tigar, on behalf of the three-judge court, on April 1, 2020. (jstlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/1/2020)

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Case 4:01-cv-01351-JST Document 3253 Filed 04/01/20 Page 1 of 2 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTS 2 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 AND THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT COMPOSED OF THREE JUDGES 5 PURSUANT TO SECTION 2284, TITLE 28 UNITED STATES CODE 6 7 RALPH COLEMAN, et al., Plaintiffs, 8 Case No. 2:90-cv-0520 KJM DB P THREE-JUDGE COURT v. 9 10 GAVIN NEWSOM, et al., 11 Defendants. 12 MARCIANO PLATA, et al., 13 Plaintiff, 14 v. 15 GAVIN NEWSOM, et al., 16 Case No. 01-cv-01351-JST THREE-JUDGE COURT ORDER DENYING MOTION TO INTERVENE BY VALLEY FEVER PRISONERS Defendants. 17 18 Now before the Court is the motion to intervene brought by certain prisoners1 with Valley 19 Fever. ECF No. 3229/6542.2 The Court invited Plaintiffs and Defendants to submit responses to 20 the motion by 12:00 noon on April 1, 2020. ECF No. 3247/6556 at 1–2. No response was 21 received. The Court denies the motion for the reasons set forth below. 22 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24 provides for both intervention as of right and 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 The precise identity of the intervenors is unknown. No class or sub-class has been certified, and the attorney who filed the motion states that he “does not purport to speak for every inmate afflicted with valley fever.” ECF No. 3229/6542 at 5. Because the Court will deny the motion for independent reasons, it does not address this issue further. 2 All filings in this Three-Judge Court are included in the individual docket sheets of both Plata v. Newsom, No. 01-cv-01351-JST (N.D. Cal.), and Coleman v. Newsom, No. 2:90-cv-0520 KJM DB P (E.D. Cal.). The Court cites to the docket number of Plata first, then Coleman. Case 4:01-cv-01351-JST Document 3253 Filed 04/01/20 Page 2 of 2 1 permissive intervention.3 Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a)–(b). Intervention as of right is denied because the 2 proposed intervenors have not shown that their interests will not be “adequately represented by 3 existing parties.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a)(2); Arakaki v. Cayetano, 324 F.3d 1078, 1083 (9th Cir. 4 2003) (listing “four requirements [that] must be satisfied to support a right to intervene,” including 5 that “the applicant’s interest must not be adequately represented by existing parties”). All the 6 proposed intervenors are members of at least the plaintiff class in Plata because they receive 7 medical care within the state prison system, and they present no reason why Plata class counsel 8 will not adequately represent their interests in connection with the current motion. The Court also exercises its “broad discretion” to deny permissive intervention. Perry v. 9 10 Schwarzenegger, 630 F.3d 898, 905 (9th Cir. 2011). In particular, the Court concludes that 11 proposed intervenors’ interests will be adequately represented by Plaintiffs’ counsel, and the 12 involvement of additional counsel will not “significantly contribute to full development of the 13 underlying factual issues in the suit and to the just and equitable adjudication of the legal 14 questions presented.” Spangler v. Pasadena Bd. of Educ., 552 F.2d 1326, 1329 (9th Cir. 1977). IT IS SO ORDERED.4 15 16 Dated: April 1, 2020 On behalf of the Court: 17 _______________________________________ JON S. TIGAR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 3 The proposed intervenors fail to discuss Rule 24 or any of the relevant standards for intervention. 28 4 Judge Tigar issues this order on behalf of the Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2284(b)(3). 2

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