Oliver v. Perez-Pantoja et al

Filing 13

ORDER ORDER OF SERVICE; DIRECTING DEFENDANTS TO FILE DISPOSITIVE MOTION OR NOTICE REGARDING SUCH MOTION; INSTRUCTIONS TO CLERK. Habeas Answer by 3/9/2021 or Dispositive Motion due by 4/9/2021. Responses due by 5/7/2021. Replies due by 5/21/2021. Signed by Judge Edward J. Davila on 1/8/2021. (amkS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/8/2021)Any non-CM/ECF Participants have been served by First Class Mail to the addresses of record listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 ANTHONY WAYNE OLIVER, United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Plaintiff, 12 v. 13 14 I. PEREZ-PANTOJA, et al., Defendants. 15 Case No. 19-07957 EJD (PR) ORDER OF SERVICE; DIRECTING DEFENDANTS TO FILE DISPOSITIVE MOTION OR NOTICE REGARDING SUCH MOTION; INSTRUCTIONS TO CLERK 16 17 18 Plaintiff, a state prisoner, filed the instant pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 19 U.S.C. § 1983 against officers at the Correctional Training Facility (“CTF”) in Soledad. 20 Dkt. No. 1. The Court dismissed the complaint with leave to amend to attempt to correct 21 various deficiencies in the claims raised. Dkt. No. 8. Plaintiff filed an amended 22 complaint. Dkt. No. 10. 23 24 25 26 DISCUSSION A. Standard of Review A federal court must conduct a preliminary screening in any case in which a 27 prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a 28 governmental entity. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). In its review, the court must identify any 1 cognizable claims and dismiss any claims that are frivolous, malicious, fail to state a claim 2 upon which relief may be granted or seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune 3 from such relief. See id. § 1915A(b)(1), (2). Pro se pleadings must, however, be liberally 4 construed. See Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Dep’t, 901 F.2d 696, 699 (9th Cir. 1988). To state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, a plaintiff must allege two essential 5 6 elements: (1) that a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States was 7 violated, and (2) that the alleged violation was committed by a person acting under the 8 color of state law. See West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988). 9 B. 10 Plaintiff’s Claims Plaintiff claims that Defendants I. Perez-Pantoja, J. Mendoza, B. Aguirre, M. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Zavala, I. Ibarra, S. Siordia, and D. Dunstan violated his First Amendments by retaliating 12 against him for filing inmate appeals, which is protected conduct, and that their actions had 13 a chilling effect on his ability to pursue grievances and lawsuits. Dkt. No. 10 at 16. 14 Plaintiff alleges various adverse actions that took place while he housed in the X-Wing, C- 15 Wing, and Z-Wing, from approximately August 2018 through May 2019. Id. at 5-15. 16 These actions include the following: housing Plaintiff with an incompatible inmate, an 17 unjustified cell search, destruction of property, repeated cell moves, and obstructing access 18 to the law library. Id. Liberally construed, Plaintiff has stated sufficient facts to support a 19 retaliation claim against Defendants. See Rhodes v. Robinson, 408 F.3d 559, 567-68 (9th 20 Cir. 2005). 21 CONCLUSION 22 23 For the reasons state above, the Court orders as follows: 24 1. The Clerk of the Court shall mail a Notice of Lawsuit and Request for 25 Waiver of Service of Summons, two copies of the Waiver of Service of Summons, a copy 26 of the amended complaint, Dkt. No. 10, all attachments thereto, and a copy of this order 27 upon Defendant Correctional Officers I. Perez-Pantoja, J. Mendoza, B. Aguirre, M. 28 2 1 Zavala, I. Ibarra, and S. Siordia, and upon Sgt. D. Dunstan at the Correctional 2 Training Facility (P.O. Box 689, Soledad, CA 93960-0689). The Clerk shall also mail a 3 copy of this Order to Plaintiff. 4 2. Defendants are cautioned that Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil 5 Procedure requires them to cooperate in saving unnecessary costs of service of the 6 summons and the complaint. Pursuant to Rule 4, if Defendants, after being notified of this 7 action and asked by the Court, on behalf of Plaintiff, to waive service of the summons, fail 8 to do so, they will be required to bear the cost of such service unless good cause shown for 9 their failure to sign and return the waiver form. If service is waived, this action will proceed as if Defendants had been served on the date that the waiver is filed, except that 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 pursuant to Rule 12(a)(1)(B), Defendants will not be required to serve and file an answer 12 before sixty (60) days from the day on which the request for waiver was sent. (This 13 allows a longer time to respond than would be required if formal service of summons is 14 necessary.) Defendants are asked to read the statement set forth at the foot of the waiver 15 form that more completely describes the duties of the parties with regard to waiver of 16 service of the summons. If service is waived after the date provided in the Notice but 17 before Defendants have been personally served, the Answer shall be due sixty (60) days 18 from the date on which the request for waiver was sent or twenty (20) days from the date 19 the waiver form is filed, whichever is later. 20 3. No later than ninety-one (91) days from the date this order is filed, 21 Defendants shall file a motion for summary judgment or other dispositive motion with 22 respect to the claims found to be cognizable above. 23 a. Any motion for summary judgment shall be supported by adequate 24 factual documentation and shall conform in all respects to Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of 25 Civil Procedure. Defendants are advised that summary judgment cannot be granted, nor 26 qualified immunity found, if material facts are in dispute. If any Defendant is of the 27 opinion that this case cannot be resolved by summary judgment, he shall so inform the 28 3 1 Court prior to the date the summary judgment motion is due. b. 2 In the event Defendants file a motion for summary judgment, the 3 Ninth Circuit has held that Plaintiff must be concurrently provided the appropriate 4 warnings under Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952, 963 (9th Cir. 1998) (en banc). See 5 Woods v. Carey, 684 F.3d 934, 940 (9th Cir. 2012). 6 4. Plaintiff’s opposition to the dispositive motion shall be filed with the Court 7 and served on Defendants no later than twenty-eight (28) days from the date Defendants’ 8 motion is filed. Plaintiff is also advised to read Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 10 Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986) (holding party opposing summary judgment 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 9 must come forward with evidence showing triable issues of material fact on every essential 12 element of his claim). Plaintiff is cautioned that failure to file an opposition to 13 Defendants’ motion for summary judgment may be deemed to be a consent by Plaintiff to 14 the granting of the motion, and granting of judgment against Plaintiff without a trial. See 15 Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 53–54 (9th Cir. 1995) (per curiam); Brydges v. Lewis, 18 16 F.3d 651, 653 (9th Cir. 1994). 17 18 19 20 21 5. Defendants shall file a reply brief no later than fourteen (14) days after Plaintiff’s opposition is filed. 6. The motion shall be deemed submitted as of the date the reply brief is due. No hearing will be held on the motion unless the Court so orders at a later date. 7. All communications by the Plaintiff with the Court must be served on 22 Defendants, or Defendants’ counsel once counsel has been designated, by mailing a true 23 copy of the document to Defendants or Defendants’ counsel. 24 8. Discovery may be taken in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil 25 Procedure. No further court order under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(a)(2) or Local 26 Rule 16-1 is required before the parties may conduct discovery. 27 28 9. It is Plaintiff’s responsibility to prosecute this case. Plaintiff must keep the 4 1 court informed of any change of address and must comply with the court’s orders in a 2 timely fashion. Failure to do so may result in the dismissal of this action for failure to 3 prosecute pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). 4 5 6 7 10. Extensions of time must be filed no later than the deadline sought to be extended and must be accompanied by a showing of good cause. IT IS SO ORDERED. 1/8/2021 Dated: _____________________ ________________________ EDWARD J. DAVILA United States District Judge 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Order of Service PRO-SE\EJD\CR.19\07957Oliver_svc 26 27 28 5

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