Hucul v. Mathews Burwell et al

Filing 71

ORDER: (1) denying without prejudice 54 Plaintiff's Motion to File Electronically; denying 56 Plaintiff's Motion for a More Definitive Statement. Signed by Judge Janis L. Sammartino on 7/20/2016. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(kcm)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 MICHAEL HUCUL, Case No.: 16-CV-1244 JLS (DHB) Plaintiff, 12 13 14 ORDER: (1) DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO FILE ELECTRONICALLY, AND (2) DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR A MORE DEFINITIVE STATEMENT v. SYLVIA MATHEW-BURWELL, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 (ECF Nos. 54, 56) 18 Presently before the Court are Plaintiff Michael Hucul’s Motion for Leave to File 19 Electronically (CM/ECF Mot., ECF No. 54) and Motion for a More Definitive Statement, 20 for ECF Nos. 33 & 36 (Rule 12(e) Mot., ECF No. 56). Having considered Plaintiff’s 21 arguments and the law, the Court DENIES WITHOUT PREJUDICE Plaintiff’s 22 CM/ECF Motion (ECF No. 54) and DENIES Plaintiff’s Rule 12(e) Motion (ECF No. 56). 23 CM/ECF MOTION 24 Generally, “[e]xcept as prescribed by local rule, order, or other procedure, the Court 25 has designated all cases to be assigned to the Electronic Filing System.” Civ. L.R. 5.4(a). 26 With respect to pro se litigants, however, “[u]nless otherwise authorized by the court, all 27 documents submitted for filing to the Clerk’s Office . . . must be in legible, paper form.” 28 Office of the Clerk, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, 1 16-CV-1244 JLS (DHB) 1 2 3 4 5 Electronic Case Filing Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual § 2(b) (2015). A pro se party seeking leave to electronically file documents must file a motion and demonstrate the means to do so properly by stating their equipment and software capabilities in addition to agreeing to follow all rules and policies in the CM/ECF Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual. 6 Id. The manual refers to the court’s official web site for CM/ECF technical specifications, 7 id. at § 1(i), which include a “computer running Windows or Macintosh”; “[s]oftware to 8 convert documents from a word processor format to [PDF], such as Adobe Acrobat PDF 9 Writer; “Adobe Acrobat 7.0 and higher meet the CM/ECF filing requirements”; “PDF 10 compatible word processor like WordPerfect or Word”; “Internet access supporting a 11 transfer rate of 56kb or higher”; a compatible browser, such as Firefox 15.x, Internet 12 Explorer 9.x, or Safari 5.1/6.x; and a “[s]canner to image non-computerized documents 13 400 pixels per inch (ppi),” United States District Court, Southern District of California, 14 CM/ECF: General Info, https://www.casd.uscourts.gov/CMECF/SitePages/Home.aspx 15 (last visited July 8, 2016). 16 The Court denied without prejudice Plaintiff’s prior motion for leave to file 17 electronically for failing to make the requisite showing. (See ECF No. 34.) In the instant 18 motion, Plaintiff explains that he 19 20 21 22 is using a Mac computer with Safari that is PDF compatible with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or higher and PDF Writer. Plaintiff has internet access with 56kb or higher and has a scanner to image non-computerized documents at 400(ppi). Plaintiff agrees to follow all rules and policies in the CM/ECF Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual . . . . 23 24 (ECF No. 54 at 1.) Although the instant CM/ECF Motion demonstrates that Plaintiff’s 25 equipment and software meets most of the technical specifications required, it is unclear 26 whether Plaintiff’s Safari browser is compatible and whether Plaintiff’s computer has a 27 “PDF compatible word processor like WordPerfect or Word.” Because Plaintiff still has 28 not provided sufficient information, the Court again DENIES WITHOUT PREJUDICE 2 16-CV-1244 JLS (DHB) 1 Plaintiff’s CM/ECF Motion (ECF No. 54). See, e.g., Procopio v. Conrad Prebys Trust, 2 No. 14CV1651 AJB KSC, 2015 WL 4662407, at *8 (S.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2015) (denying 3 motion for electronic filing access where plaintiff “does not provide sufficient information 4 [as required in the CM/ECF Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual] for the Court 5 to grant his request”); Rojas-Vega v. U.S. Citizenship Immigration Serv., No. 13-CV-172- 6 LAB, 2013 WL 2417937, at *3 (S.D. Cal. May 31, 2013) (“It is incumbent on [movant] to 7 show he is able to file documents electronically, and reliably receive electronic notices, 8 and his motion fails to do that.”). 9 Rule 12(e) MOTION 10 “Plaintiff respectfully motions this Honorable District Court for a more ‘Definitive 11 Statement’ regarding ‘join’ and ‘joinder’ from Defendants Steven M. Bishop and the Law 12 Office of Steven M. Bishop and Jeremy A. Martin and The Law Office of Jeremy Martin, 13 (ECF Nos., 33 & 36).” (Rule 12(e) Mot. 2, ECF No. 56.) Under Federal Rule of Civil 14 Procedure 12(e), “[a] party may move for a more definite statement of a pleading to which 15 a responsive pleading is allowed but which is so vague or ambiguous that the party cannot 16 reasonably prepare a response.” Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 7(a) provides that “[o]nly 17 these pleadings are allowed: (1) a complaint; (2) an answer to a complaint; (3) an answer 18 to a counterclaim designated as a counterclaim; (4) an answer to a crossclaim; (5) a third- 19 party complaint; (6) an answer to a third-party complaint; and (7) if the court orders one, a 20 reply to an answer.” 21 “Rule 12(e) . . . does not provide for a responsive pleading to a motion to dismiss. 22 Therefore, as a responsive pleading to defendant’s motion to dismiss is not permitted or 23 required in the present case under Rule 12(e), the plaintiff is not entitled to a more definite 24 statement with respect to that motion.” Kenney v. Fox, 132 F. Supp. 305, 307 (W.D. Mich. 25 1955), aff’d, 232 F.2d 288 (6th Cir. 1956), cert. denied, 352 U.S. 855, 856. Accordingly, 26 the Court DENIES Plaintiff’s Rule 12(e) Motion. (ECF No. 56.) The briefing schedule 27 ordered on June 27, 2016 remains unchanged. (See ECF No. 35.) 28 /// 3 16-CV-1244 JLS (DHB) 1 CONCLUSION 2 In light of the foregoing, the Court DENIES WITHOUT PREJUDICE Plaintiff’s 3 CM/ECF Motion (ECF No. 54) and DENIES Plaintiff’s Rule 12(e) Motion (ECF No. 56). 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 6 Dated: July 20, 2016 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4 16-CV-1244 JLS (DHB)

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