Fernandes v. Prison Health Services et al

Filing 15

ORDER DISMISSING CASE. Signed by Judge Jeremy Fogel on 11/7/08. (dlm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/17/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 NOT FOR CITATION IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA RAYMOND KING FERNANDES, Plaintiff, vs. PRISON HEALTH SERVICES, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. C 07-5015 JF (PR) ORDER OF DISMISSAL Plaintiff, an inmate in the Alameda County Jail proceeding pro se, filed a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging the denial of adequate medical care. The Court dismissed the complaint with leave to amend, and Plaintiff filed a timely amended complaint. Because the amended complaint does not cure the deficiencies in the original complaint, the Court will DISMISS this action. In his original complaint, Plaintiff claimed that he had received inadequate medical care at Alameda County Jail. The Court found that while such allegations, when liberally construed, could implicate his constitutional rights to receive sufficient medical care, Plaintiff had failed to state a cognizable claim for relief because Plaintiff had failed to alleged how any jail official or other defendant was involved in responding, or failing to G:\PRO-SE\SJ.JF\CR.07\Fernandes015dis.wpd 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 respond, to his requests for medical attention. See Leer v. Murphy, 844 F.2d 628, 634 (9th Cir. 1988) (to state a claim under 1983, a plaintiff must set forth specific facts as to each individual defendant's conduct that proximately caused a violation of his rights); see also Chuman v. Wright, 76 F.3d 292, 294-95 (9th Cir. 1996) (naming an individual defendant based solely on his membership in a group does not suffice because a showing of individual participation in unlawful conduct is required); Monell v. Dep't of Social Servs., 436 U.S. 658, 690 (1978) (rejecting concept of respondeat superior liability in 1983 context and requiring individual liability for constitutional violation). Plaintiff filed an amended complaint in which he lists three individual Defendants in the caption. However, the amended complaint sets forth no claims or factual allegations whatsoever. To whatever extent Plaintiff means to incorporate the claim and allegations from his original complaint into his amended complaint, he was instructed that he may not do so. In the order of dismissal with leave to amend, the Court cautioned Plaintiff as follows: Because an amended complaint completely replaces the previous complaint, Plaintiff must include in his first amended complaint all the claims he wishes to present and all of the Defendants he wishes to sue. See Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1262 (9th Cir. 1992). Plaintiff may not incorporate material from the prior complaints, such as exhibits or supporting documentation of his prison administrative appeal, by reference. Plaintiff must include all of his claims and name all Defendants in the amended complaint. Failure to file an amended complaint in accordance with this order will result in dismissal of this action. Even if the Court were to excuse Plaintiff's failure to adhere to these instructions and construe the amended complaint as incorporating the allegations from the original complaint, this would still not suffice to state a cognizable claim for relief. The original complaint does not allege specific actions or omissions by the individual Defendants named in the amended complaint that proximately caused Plaintiff to receive inadequate medical care. As a consequence, the amended complaint has failed to cure the deficiencies in the original complaint. Accordingly, this action is hereby DISMISSED for failure to state a cognizable claim for relief. Plaintiff's second motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Docket No. 13) is G:\PRO-SE\SJ.JF\CR.07\Fernandes015dis.wpd 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DENIED as moot as Plaintiff has already been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. The Clerk shall terminate Docket No. 13 and any other pending motions, close the file and enter judgment. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: 11/7/08 JEREMY FOGEL United States District Judge G:\PRO-SE\SJ.JF\CR.07\Fernandes015dis.wpd 3

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