Sekerke v. Gonzalez et al

Filing 112

ORDER Adopting Report and Recommendation Re Motions for Summary Judgment. The Court adopts Judge Gallo's 108 R&R, grants Defendant's 90 Motion for Summary Judgment, and denies Plaintiff's 101 Motion for Summary Judgment. Because Plaintiff has failed to serve the Defendants within the time requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m), the Doe Defendants are dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Judge Janis L. Sammartino on 3/5/2018. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(mpl)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 12 KEITH WAYNE SEKERKE, Case No.: 15-CV-573-JLS (WVG) Plaintiff, 13 14 15 ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION RE MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT v. SHERIFF DEPUTY GONZALEZ, et al., Defendants. 16 (ECF Nos. 90, 101, 110) 17 18 Presently before the Court is Defendant Jose Gonzalez’s Motion for Summary 19 Judgment, (ECF No. 90), and Plaintiff’s Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment, (ECF No. 20 101). Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo’s has issued a Report and Recommendation 21 advising the Court grant Defendant’s Motion and deny Plaintiff’s Motion as untimely, 22 (“R&R,” ECF No. 111). No Party filed objections to the R&R. 23 PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND 24 Judge Gallo’s Report and Recommendation contains a complete and accurate 25 recitation of the relevant portions of the factual backgrounds as presented by both Parties. 26 (See R&R. 2–3.) This Order incorporates by reference the background as set forth therein. 27 /// 28 /// 1 15-CV-573-JLS (WVG) 1 LEGAL STANDARD 2 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) set forth a district 3 court’s duties in connection with a magistrate judge’s R&R. The district court must “make 4 a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or 5 recommendations to which objection is made,” and “may accept, reject, or modify, in 6 whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” 28 7 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); see also United States v. Raddatz, 447 U.S. 667, 673–76 (1980); United 8 States v. Remsing, 874 F.2d 614, 617 (9th Cir. 1989). However, in the absence of timely 9 objection, the Court “need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the 10 record in order to accept the recommendation.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s 11 note (citing Campbell v. U.S. Dist. Court, 501 F.2d 196, 206 (9th Cir. 1974)). 12 ANALYSIS 13 No party filed timely objections to the R&R. (See R&R 11 (any party may file 14 objections on or before February 28, 2018).) The Court therefore review the R&R for clear 15 error. 16 I. Evidentiary Objection 17 Defendant submitted an expert report in connection with its Motion. Plaintiff objects 18 to the Court considering the expert report because the report is not sworn under penalty of 19 perjury. Judge Gallo sustained the objection and did not consider the report. This Court 20 agrees and will not consider the report. Plaintiff’s objection is SUSTAINED. 21 II. Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment 22 Defendant moves for summary judgment on the grounds of qualified immunity. 23 Judge Gallo found that Plaintiff has “failed to show any genuine issue of material fact 24 which would allow a trier of fact to conclude that Defendant used excessive force in 25 violation of his rights under the Eighth Amendment.” (R&R 10.) Judge Gallo found 26 Plaintiff’s allegations do not support a statutory or constitutional violation, and Defendant 27 is therefore shielded by qualified immunity. (Id.) Plaintiff did not file objections to the 28 2 15-CV-573-JLS (WVG) 1 R&R. The Court finds no clear error in the R&R and ADOPTS the R&R. Thus, 2 Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED. 3 III. Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment 4 As detailed in the scheduling order dated January 13, 2017, all dispositive motions 5 were due on August 14, 2017. (See ECF No. 62 ¶ 8.) Plaintiff filed his Motion on 6 September 7, 2017. Judge Gallo therefore recommends denying Plaintiff’s Motion as 7 untimely. (R&R 11.) Plaintiff did not file objections to the R&R. A court may deny as 8 untimely a motion filed after the scheduling order deadline when no modification request 9 has been made. U.S. Dominator, Inc. v. Factory Ship Robert E. Resoff, 768 F.2d 1099, 10 1104 (9th Cir. 1985). The Court finds no clear error in Judge Gallo’s recommendation. 11 The Court therefore DENIES Plaintiff’s Motion as untimely. 12 CONCLUSION 13 The Court ADOPTS Judge Gallo’s R&R, GRANTS Defendant’s Motion for 14 Summary Judgment, and DENIES Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment. As to the 15 remainder of the case, Plaintiff named various Doe Defendants in his Complaint but has 16 not served them. (See ECF Nos. 6–8 (summons returned unexecuted as to John and Jane 17 Doe).) Because Plaintiff has failed to serve the Defendants within the time requirements 18 of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m), the Doe Defendants are DISMISSED 19 WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The Clerk SHALL close the file. 20 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 5, 2018 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 15-CV-573-JLS (WVG)

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