Vasquez v. Davis et al
ORDER granting 136 Motion to Dismiss. Vasquezs claim against Raemisch in his individual capacity is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE; and, the Clerk shall LIFT THE STAY related to Raemisch 156 and TERMINATE Raemisch as a party in his individual capacity, but shall maintain Raemisch as a party in his official capacity. ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 11/30/2016. (cthom, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge William J. Martínez
Civil Action No. 14-cv-1433-WJM-CBS
JIMMY JOSEPH VASQUEZ,
JEANNE DAVIS, in her individual capacity,
KATHLEEN MARTORANO, in her individual capacity,
BRIAN WEBSTER, in his individual capacity,
GATBEL CHAMJOCK, in his individual capacity,
KATHLEEN MELLOH, in her individual capacity,
MAURICE FAUVEL, in his individual and official capacities,
JOHN and/or JANE DOE(s), Clinical Services Administrators and Supervisors, in their
official and individual capacities, and
RICK RAEMISCH, in his individual and official capacities,
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT RAEMISCH’S MOTION TO DISMISS
Plaintiff Jimmy Joseph Vasquez is an inmate in the custody of the Colorado
Department of Corrections (“CDOC”) and housed at the Sterling Correctional Facility
(“Sterling”). (ECF No. 113 ¶ 1.) He is infected with the hepatitis C virus (“HCV”). (Id.
¶ 42.) Vasquez brings this lawsuit under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution, alleging that various CDOC employees (collectively, “Defendants”) were
deliberately indifferent over many years to the effects that HCV was having on him.
Due to that indifference, he claims he developed end-stage liver disease that will likely
kill him absent a liver transplant. (Id. at 1–2.) Subsequent developments have cast
doubt on whether Vasquez in fact requires a liver transplant (see ECF No. 126 (finding,
in preliminary injunction proceedings, that Vasquez’s condition is stable)), but he
nonetheless appears to face lifelong complications from the effects of HCV on his liver.
Currently before the Court is Defendant Rick Raemisch’s Motion to Dismiss.
(ECF No. 136.) Invoking Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), Raemisch
specifically seeks dismissal of the claims brought against him in his individual capacity,
as alleged in Vasquez’s Third Amended Complaint. (See id. at 1–2.) For the reasons
explained below, the Court grants this motion and dismisses Vasquez’s claims with
prejudice to the extent they seek to hold Raemisch liable in his individual capacity.
Raemisch will remain a defendant in his official capacity.
I. LEGAL STANDARD
The Rule 12(b)(6) standard requires the Court to “assume the truth of the
plaintiff’s well-pleaded factual allegations and view them in the light most favorable to
the plaintiff.” Ridge at Red Hawk, LLC v. Schneider, 493 F.3d 1174, 1177 (10th Cir.
2007). Having assumed that truth, the dispositive inquiry then usually becomes
“whether the complaint contains ‘enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible
on its face.’” Id. (quoting Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007)). This
analysis assumes that the plaintiff’s legal theory is recognized in law and that the only
salient question is whether the asserted facts state a claim under that theory. However,
some Rule 12(b)(6) motions raise the argument that “a legal theory [is] not cognizable
as a matter of law.” Golan v. Ashcroft, 310 F. Supp. 2d 1215, 1217 (D. Colo. 2004),
aff’d sub nom. Golan v. Gonzales, 501 F.3d 1179 (10th Cir. 2007). For reasons that will
become clear below, the Court finds this standard applicable here. 1
Supervisory Liability Generally
Raemisch is CDOC’s Executive Director. (ECF No. 113 ¶ 10.) As is generally
known throughout this District, see Fed. R. Evid. 201(b)(1), Raemisch became
Executive Director in July 2013, after the murder of the former Executive Director, Tom
Clements, in March 2013. See also Hebert v. Raemisch, 2015 WL 9304634, at *6 (D.
Colo. Dec. 22, 2015) (“As is well known, Clements was murdered in March 2013.
Defendant Raemisch took over as Executive Director in July 2013 . . . .”). Thus,
Raemisch’s appointment post-dates most of the allegations in Vasquez’s Third
Amended Complaint (the currently operative complaint). Those allegations
overwhelmingly focus on Vasquez’s medical treatment or lack thereof between late
2004 and mid-2013, climaxing in May 2013 when Vasquez required emergency surgery
for conditions secondary to liver deterioration and learned that a liver transplant might
be his only chance of long-term survival. (See ECF No. 113 ¶¶ 42–151, 183–213.)
Considering (i) Raemisch’s late entry into Vasquez’s timeline, (ii) Raemisch’s
status as something other than a medical official, and (iii) Raemisch’s separation from
the day-to-day affairs at Sterling, Vasquez’s theory of liability against Raemisch
necessarily draws on a concept sometimes known as “supervisory liability.” The
Supreme Court has deemed this term “a misnomer” to the extent it implies pure
Because the Court dismisses for failure to state a legally cognizable claim, the Court
need not reach Raemisch’s other arguments regarding administrative exhaustion or qualified
immunity. (See ECF No. 136 at 3–4, 9–10.)
vicarious (respondeat superior ) liability. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 677 (2009).
With the understanding that § 1983 defendants “do not answer for the torts of their
[subordinates]” and may only be “liable for [their] own misconduct,” id., this Court will
continue to refer to “supervisory liability” as a convenient and already-established
shorthand for the concept that government officials who did not personally interact with
a plaintiff may still be liable, in certain circumstances, for constitutional violations
ultimately carried out by those who did have personal interaction with the plaintiff.
The basic elements of supervisory liability are: “(1) the defendant promulgated,
created, implemented or possessed responsibility for the continued operation of a
policy that (2) caused the complained of constitutional harm, and (3) acted with the
state of mind required to establish the alleged constitutional deprivation.” Dodds v.
Richardson, 614 F.3d 1185, 1199 (10th Cir. 2010). But these elem ents are not “distinct
analytical prongs, never to be intertwined.” Id. n.8. For example, in Serna v. Colorado
Department of Corrections, 455 F.3d 1146 (10th Cir. 2006), the Tenth Circuit evaluated
a claim that a senior CDOC official was ultimately responsible for the excessively violent
removal of an inmate from his cell by a special SWAT-like team of prison guards who
had received an (ultimately erroneous) report that the inmate possessed a gun. Id. at
1149, 1152. This was, at bottom, an Eighth Amendment claim, which requires the
“deliberate indifference” state of mind. Id. at 1154–55. In evaluating only that element
of the supervisory liability test, the Tenth Circuit noted that the CDOC official—who
approved the guard team’s use—had every reason to believe that they could
accomplish its goal “safely and effectively,” and the plaintiff failed to “offer any
evidence that [the official] turned a blind eye to evidence that would contradict that
belief, such as a pattern or practice of constitutional abuses by his subordinates on
prior occasions.” Id. at 1155.
Although Serna discussed such a pattern or practice as potential evidence of
deliberate indifference (the third element of a supervisory liability Eighth Amendment
claim), such evidence would also show, under those circumstances, the existence of a
“policy” (the first element). In layman’s terms, turning a blind eye to repeated excessive
force incidents would not normally be seen as a “policy.” However, in the context of
municipal liability—first approved in Monell v. Department of Social Services, 436 U.S.
658 (1978)—municipalities can be liable under § 1983 for damages when the
municipality inflicts constitutional injury through a “policy or custom, whether made by its
lawmakers or by those whose edicts or acts may fairly be said to represent official
policy.” Id. at 694. Such a policy or custom may include what is, in effect, a “policy of
inaction” in the face of knowledge that municipal officials are routinely violating a
specific constitutional right, thus becoming “the functional equivalent of a decision by
the [municipality] itself to violate the Constitution.” Connick v. Thompson, 563 U.S. 51,
61–62 (2011) (internal quotation marks omitted); see also Monell, 436 U.S. at 690–91
(discussing § 1983’s application to “customs and usages,” not just formally adopted
policies and practices).
The fact that Serna would draw upon this concept of intentional inaction shows
the degree to which individual supervisory liability has absorbed elements of Monell
liability. Indeed, the Tenth Circuit has all but held that the law of supervisory liability for
failure to train or intervene is functionally interchangeable with the law of Monell liability
for similar failures. In particular, the Tenth Circuit in Sutton v. Utah State School for the
Deaf & Blind, 173 F.3d 1226 (10th Cir. 1999), approvingly analyzed an Eleventh Circuit
decision, Greason v. Kemp, 891 F.2d 829 (11th Cir.1990), that explicitly adopted its
standard for individual supervisory liability from City of Canton v. Harris, 489 U.S. 378
(1989), which is the Supreme Court’s seminal case regarding Monell liability for failure
to train. See Sutton, 173 F.3d at 1240–41 (discussing Greason’s reliance on City of
Canton, and then applying Greason’s analytical framework to the case before it).
Given all of this, it appears that there are two general situations in which a
supervisor may liable for failure to train or intervene. First, as noted in Serna, the
supervisor may be aware of a pattern of constitutional violations among his or her
subordinates, yet choose to do nothing about it. According to the Supreme Court, this
is the “ordinar[y]” form of supervisory liability. Bd. of Cnty. Comm’rs of Bryan Cnty.,
Okla. v. Brown, 520 U.S. 397, 409 (1997) (evidence of a “pattern of injuries [is]
ordinarily necessary to establish . . . culpability and causation”). Second, absent
evidence of such a pattern, the supervisor may nonetheless be held liable when, “in
light of the duties assigned to specific officers or employees[,] the need for more or
different training is so obvious, and the inadequacy so likely to result in the violation of
constitutional rights, that the [supervisor] can reasonably be said to have been
deliberately indifferent to the need.” City of Canton, 489 U.S. at 390; see also Connick,
563 U.S. at 63–64.
Even in that light, however, supervisory liability ultimately reduces to the question
of proximate cause. See Dodds, 614 F.3d at 1195 (§ 1983 liability appropriate “where
the plaintiff has shown the supervisor himself breached a duty to plaintiff which was the
proximate cause of the injury” (internal quotation marks omitted)).2 Thus, in some
circumstances a supervisor may be liable for “set[ting] in motion a series of events” that
the supervisor “knew or reasonably should have known would cause others” to violate
constitutional rights. Schneider, 717 F.3d at 768 (internal quotation marks omitted). On
the other hand, “[a]t some point, [a supervisor’s] involvement simply becomes too
tenuous to support liability.” Grimsley v. MacKay, 93 F.3d 676, 680 (10th Cir. 1996).
Vasquez’s Theory of Raemisch’s Supervisory Liability
In this case, Vasquez invokes Serna’s notion that a supervisor may be liable for
turning a blind eye to evidence that would show a pattern or practice of unconstitutional
abuses. (ECF No. 137 at 14.) See also Serna, 455 F.3d at 1155. But as already
discussed, Raemisch was not in any sense a supervisor over anyone at CDOC
throughout most of the relevant events alleged in the Third Amended Complaint. How,
The cited portion of Dodds is a historical narrative of the Tenth Circuit’s treatment of
supervisory liability before Iqbal, and it is followed by an analysis of the changes Iqbal may have
worked on that standard. See id. at 1194–1202. But Dodds does not conclude that Iqbal
undermined any specific part of the Tenth Circuit’s historical approach to supervisory liability,
except perhaps where the constitutional claim at issue involves racial discrimination. Id. at
1197–99. In any event, the Tenth Circuit has subsequently cited Dodds’s historical narrative as
if it is a statement of current Tenth Circuit law, even on matters that Dodds declared suspect in
light of Iqbal. Compare id. at 1196, 1198 n.6 (noting the Tenth Circuit’s frequent use of an
“affirmative link” causation requirement but questioning whether it survived Iqbal) with
Schneider v. City of Grand Junction Police Dep’t, 717 F.3d 760, 767 (10th Cir. 2013) (citing
Dodds’s historical narrative regarding the “affirmative link” requirement as a current statement
of Tenth Circuit law: “The plaintiff therefore must show an ‘affirmative link’ between the
supervisor and the constitutional violation.”). Thus, Dodds’s historical narrative appears to state
the law as it continues to be in the Tenth Circuit, at least outside of racial discrimination claims.
then, does Vasquez fit Raemisch into Serna’s “blind eye” paradigm?
The answer lies in a novel theory that begins with the Second Amended
Complaint, in which Raemisch was first named as a defendant, although only in his
official capacity. (Compare ECF No. 7 (First Amended Complaint) with ECF No. 55
(Second Amended Complaint).) Raemisch received the Second Amended Complaint
no later than April 20, 2015. (See ECF No. 59.) Assuming Raemisch personally
reviewed the Second Amended Complaint, he would have learned of Vasquez’s
allegation that multiple medical providers at Sterling repeatedly failed to take adequate
steps to treat Vasquez’s HCV, leading to end-stage liver disease and severe
complications related to that diagnosis. (See ECF No. 99 at 3–9 (summary of Second
Vasquez’s Third Amended Complaint was accepted by the Court about ten
months later, on February 16, 2016. (ECF No. 113.) The Third Amended Complaint
alleges that Raemisch is liable both in his individual and official capacities. (Id. ¶ 10.)
The basis for his alleged individual liability is, in essence, his inaction since learning of
Vasquez’s allegations in the Second Amended Complaint.
To understand Vasquez’s unique theory, his allegations in the Third Amended
Complaint regarding Raemisch’s individual liability deserve to be quoted in full:
152. Defendant Raemisch is the CDOC Executive Director
and has the authority to order any CDOC employee or agent
to comply with any lawful order related to the performance of
his or her job duties.
153. As a matter of CDOC policy and state and federal
law, Defendant Raemisch is responsible for ensuring that
prisoners in CDOC’s charge receive adequate medical care.
Specifically, Defendant Raemisch is charged with enforcing
CDOC policy that “ensure[s] that [prisoners] have access to
medical care [that] is consistent with [the] community
standard of care.”
154. CDOC policy, which Defendant Raemisch is charged
with enforcing, requires that “[m]edical services  be
provided in a manner that ensures the maintenance of basic
health and prevention of health deterioration.” The scope of
medical services Defendant Raemisch and CDOC are
charged with providing include “medical cases that, without
treatment, could result in further deterioration of an essential
nature of an offender’s condition….”
155. At least as early as March 18, 2015, Defendant
Raemisch has been aware of Mr. Vasquez’s medical
condition as set forth herein by virtue of being a named
Defendant in this lawsuit [in the Second Amended
156. As a defendant named in this lawsuit, Defendant
Raemisch is responsible for educating himself about the
basis for the lawsuit and making decisions about how to
respond to the allegations made in it.
157. As a defendant in this lawsuit, Defendant Raemisch is
also aware of his employees’ and agents’ past and current
deliberate indifference to Mr. Vasquez’s serious medical
158. As the man in charge at CDOC, it falls to Defendant
Raemisch to ensure constitutionally adequate medical care
for prisoners when he is aware, as he is here, that his
employees and agents are failing to provide such care.
159. On April 8, 2015, Defendant Raemisch waived
service of the Second Amended Complaint and
acknowledged his obligation to respond to it.
160. After the Court denied all Defendants’ motions to
dismiss, on November 19, 2015, Defendant Raemisch
answered Mr. Vasquez’s Second Amended Complaint.
161. In his Answer, Defendant Raemisch, speaking on
behalf of CDOC, denies every single allegation against him.
As to the vast majority of the allegations against him,
Defendant Raemisch says that he has no knowledge.
Based on his responses to the allegations in Mr. Vasquez’s
Second Amended Complaint, CDOC is apparently unaware
of the date on which Mr. Vasquez entered CDOC custody,
where Mr. Vasquez has lived while in CDOC custody, that
Mr. Vasquez has been diagnosed with HCV, or what the
current status of his condition is.
162. Defendant Raemisch’s “without information and
belief” denials are all made even though he has in his
custody and control documentation confirming each and
every allegation relating to Mr. Vasquez’s current state of
health. That documentation was created by Mr. Raemisch’s
own employees and agents and is both incontrovertible and
163. Defendant Raemisch did not retrieve Mr. Vasquez’s
medical records before responding to Mr. Vasquez’s
allegations against him, nor did he take any other measures
to evaluate Mr. Vasquez’s treatment needs and ensure, as
CDOC policy requires, that those needs are being met by his
164. In sum, Defendant Raemisch has not a clue what Mr.
Vasquez’s medical needs are or what any medical provider
has to say about appropriate treatment of those needs, but
he is definitely sure that he is not violating Mr. Vasquez’s
Eighth Amendment rights.
165. On information and belief, Defendant Raemisch
chose not to investigate Mr. Vasquez’s allegations that he is
dying because Mr. Vasquez is suing CDOC and various of
its employees and agents.
166. While Defendant Raemisch was burying his head in
the sand, CDOC approved use of a contemporary HCV
treatment called Harvoni.
167. Harvoni is revolutionary in that even sufferers of HCV
with advanced stage liver disease can safely receive the
treatment. That distinguishes Harvoni from traditional HCV
anti-viral treatment, which people with serious liver damage,
like that Mr. Vasquez has suffered, cannot receive.
168. Harvoni is also revolutionary in that it actually cures
HCV, which anti-viral therapies do not.
169. Harvoni also allows for a simple course of treatment,
consisting of a pill a day for eight weeks.
170. Mr. Vasquez is medically eligible to receive Harvoni
171. Mr. Vasquez is eligible, according to CDOC policy, to
receive Harvoni treatment.
172. Receiving Harvoni will stop the progression of Mr.
Vasquez’s liver disease occurring as a consequence of his
173. Mr. Vasquez is personally aware of two people at
[Sterling] who have received Harvoni since July 2015, and
on information and belief, there are at least two others.
174. At the same time, Mr. Vasquez has gotten sicker and
sicker, suffering from increasing (and unsafe) ammonia
levels, infection, edema, jaundice, and abdominal swelling.
In response to these symptoms, rather than treat Mr.
Vasquez’s HCV, CDOC has prescribed rest, antacid, and a
chili-mac free diet.
175. Mr. Vasquez is rapidly deteriorating and is receiving
no meaningful medical care at this point.
176. In response to Mr. Vasquez’s condition, Mr.
Vasquez’s counsel notified Defendant Raemisch, through
his counsel, that Mr. Vasquez would be filing a motion for
temporary restraining order to compel Defendant Raemisch
to cease withholding treatment from Mr. Vasquez. Mr.
Vasquez’s counsel requested Defendant Raemisch’s
position on the motion, and specifically notified him:
We are aware that at least two, and possibly three
people with less advanced HCV symptoms than
Mr. Vasquez’s are receiving Harvoni at [Sterling].
This is a safe treatment with a high likelihood of
efficacy for Mr. Vasquez and we are unaware of any
reason he should not also be receiving it. It would
appear, then, that [Sterling] is actively withholding the
drug for unknown reasons that I sincerely hope do not
include that Mr. Vasquez is currently suing the
Department and various of its current and former staff
members for access to he very medical treatment he
is being denied.
177. In this conferral e-mail, Mr. Vasquez’s counsel
requested that Defendant Raemisch’s counsel advise as to
the Department’s position on Mr. Vasquez’s proposed
motion and if the motion was opposed, why.
178. Moreover, Mr. Vasquez’s counsel specifically advised
Defendant Raemisch, through his counsel:
Of course, the easier course for all of us is that
CDOC just treats Mr. Vasquez. I will remain
optimistic that this is the course your client chooses.
If Mr. Raemisch is reticient [sic] to take that path,
please do remind him that he is on notice of Mr.
Vasquez’s ever-worsening medical condition via this
lawsuit and his continued disregard of Mr. Vasquez’s
medical needs, now ongoing for over nine months,
subjects him to individual capacity liability as well.
179. In response, Defendant Raemisch’s counsel said
nothing more than, “As for the TRO, I would oppose the
180. Similarly, Defendant Raemisch refuses to even
discuss resolving this matter—i.e., providing Mr. Vasquez
with treatment—with Mr. Vasquez.
181. In other words, when faced with an express
opportunity to agree to secure necessary treatment for
Mr. Vasquez, Defendant Raemisch continues willfully ignore
and disregard Mr. Vasquez’s serious medical need.
182. There is no medical justification for Defendant
Raemisch’s decision to tell Mr. Vasquez to kick rocks in
response to his request that Defendant Raemisch ensure
that Mr. Vasquez receives the treatment he needs.
(ECF No. 113.)
For various reasons explained below, the Court finds this theory not cognizable
as a matter of law.
The Bootstrapping Problem
Vasquez’s allegations present a theory that could lead to liability for any
supervisor, immediate or otherwise, under the following circumstances:
The complaint alleges continuing (not only historical) abuses by
The supervisor is made aware of the complaint’s allegations, such as
through service of process as an official-capacity defendant;
The lawsuit progresses for a certain amount of time; and
The supervisor refuses to discuss settlement, confess judgment, or
otherwise accede to the plaintiff’s demands.
In other words, Vasquez attempts to bootstrap official-capacity liability into individualcapacity liability after a sufficient amount of time has passed.
There is no conceivable limit to the supervisors that a plaintiff could reach under
this approach, as long as the supervisor in question is somewhere up the chain of
command from a defendant against whom the plaintiff alleges direct liability. Under the
allegations of this case, for example, Sterling’s warden and the governor of Colorado
could be just as liable as Raemisch. If Vasquez had been housed in a federal prison,
the Attorney General and the President could be just as liable as any official in the
Bureau of Prisons.
Vasquez cites no authority in support of such a theory, and the Court is confident
that it goes far beyond the narrow theory of supervisory liability acknowledged by the
Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit.
Liability for Defending the Lawsuit
Vasquez’s theory also raises the prospect of holding a supervisor liable simply
because the supervisor chooses to defend against a lawsuit. A party may not defend
with frivolous theories, of course, see, e.g., Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a)–(b), but Vasquez does
not allege that a Raemisch stakes his defense on a frivolous theory. Vasquez simply
alleges that he must have Harvoni and no one could possibly disagree.3 The Court will
not hold that a defendant with a good faith defense may be liable purely because the
defendant chose in good faith to disagree.
Indeed, proceedings in this case since the Third Amended Complaint
demonstrate the wisdom in permitting a defendant to litigate a good faith disagreement,
particularly when medical judgment is involved. Vasquez’s allegations quoted above
focus on his demands for Harvoni, but Vasquez’s own expert later admitted that
Harvoni is not appropriate for the form of HCV with which Vasquez is infected (HCV
genotype 3). (See ECF No. 126 at 4, 5, 9–10.) Thus, if Raemisch had done as
Vasquez apparently expected—i.e., immediately ensured that Vasquez received
Harvoni—he would have ordered a medically inappropriate treatment.
Attorney-Client Privilege Complications
The Supreme Court has declared that, “in a § 1983 suit[,] . . . m asters do not
answer for the torts of their servants.” Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 677. The Supreme Court
Vasquez justifiably complains that Raemisch’s answer to the Second Amended
Complaint pleaded lack of sufficient information to admit or deny basic facts such as the date
that Vasquez entered CDOC custody. (See ECF No. 113 ¶¶ 161–62.) But Vasquez does not
explain how this equates to a frivolous defense.
could have easily have substituted “agents” for “servants.”
Here, Vasquez in part seeks to hold Raemisch liable for a decision that may
have been made by Raemisch’s agents, i.e., his attorneys. Specifically, Vasquez
complains that Raemisch’s counsel opposed Vasquez’s motion for a temporary
restraining order. (ECF No. 113 ¶¶ 176–79.) Vasquez’s allegations could also be
construed as imposing liability generally for decisions usually made by attorneys (e.g.,
how to defend the lawsuit).
Potentially holding Raemisch liable on this account raises the possibility that
discovery must eventually explore attorney-client privileged communications. For
example, to ensure that Raemisch is not held liable for his agents’ decisions, discovery
would appear to be required into whether Raemisch or his attorneys made the various
decisions that, according to Vasquez, create supervisory liability. Assuming without
deciding that this basic fact (who made the decision?) is not protected by the attorneyclient privilege, decisions admittedly made by Raemisch nonetheless probably involved
consultation with and advice from his attorneys—or at least it is difficult to imagine how
Raemisch could make a litigation decision without being informed about the need for a
decision from his attorneys.
Raemisch’s decisions could not be fairly evaluated without also understanding
the advice he received from his attorneys, but such advice is almost always protected
by the attorney-client privilege. Vasquez’s theory, in other words, would almost always
require the supervisory defendant to waive the attorney-client privilege to present a
proper defense. This is an additional reason counseling against recognizing the theory
Vasquez currently proposes.
For the reasons set forth above, the Court ORDERS as follows:
Defendant Rick Raemisch’s Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 136) is GRANTED;
Vasquez’s claim against Raemisch in his individual capacity is DISMISSED
WITH PREJUDICE; and
The Clerk shall LIFT THE STAY related to Raemisch (ECF No. 156) and
TERMINATE Raemisch as a party in his individual capacity, but shall maintain
Raemisch as a party in his official capacity.
Dated this 30th day of November, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
William J. Martínez
United States District Judge
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