Clark v. Guerrero
ORDER. IT IS ORDERED that this case is referred to the Pro Bono Program for appointment for the purpose of representing Clark at an evidentiary hearing to determine a proper award of damages in this case. The Clerk of Court is directed to forward this order to the Pro Bono Liaison. Signed by Judge James C. Mahan on 7/9/2019. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - cc: Pro Bono Liaison - JQC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
MICHAEL E. CLARK ,
Case No. 2: 09-cv-00141-JCM-BNW
Presently before the court is the matter of Clark v. Guerrero, case no. 2:09-cv-00141JCM-PAL.
On December 14, 2015, the court granted plaintiff Michael Clark’s (“Clark”) motion for
default judgment against defendant Guerrero on plaintiff’s Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment
claims arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.1 (ECF No. 150). However, upon finding no legal or
evidentiary basis for Clark’s proposed judgment of $1,000,000.00 in compensatory damages and
$12,000,000.00 in punitive damages, the court awarded Clark $1.00 in nominal damages. (ECF
Clark appealed the court’s award of nominal damages, and the Ninth Circuit vacated and
remanded the court’s judgment, holding that Clark had provided “some medical documentation
The dispute at issue relates to an incident that occurred while Clark was a prisoner at the Southern
Desert Correctional Center (“SDCC”) in 2008. (ECF No. 102 at 4). Clark’s first amended
complaint (“FAC”), which contains the allegations upon which Clark’s default judgment is
premised, alleged that defendant Guerrero (an SDCC officer) tackled him without provocation
while he was waiting in line to visit SDCC’s medical department. Id. Clark alleged that Guerrero
wrote a false report about the incident that resulted in Clark’s spending twenty-four months in
disciplinary segregation. Id.
in support of injuries.” (ECF No. 160). Accordingly, the Ninth Circuit instructed the court to
conduct an evidentiary hearing to determine a proper award of damages in this case. Id.
Because Clark has been unable to demonstrate, through admissible evidence, the extent
of his damages stemming from his default judgment against defendant Guerrero, the court hereby
refers this case to the Pro Bono Program adopted in General Order 2017-07 for the purpose of
identifying counsel willing to be appointed as pro bono counsel for Clark. The scope of the
appointment will be for the sole purpose of representing Clark at an evidentiary hearing to
determine a proper award of damages in this case.
By referring this case to the Pro Bono Program, the court is not expressing any opinion
regarding the merits of the issues to be determined at the evidentiary hearing.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is referred to the Pro Bono Program for
appointment for the purpose of representing Clark at an evidentiary hearing to determine a
proper award of damages in this case. The Clerk of Court is directed to forward this order to the
Pro Bono Liaison.
DATED THIS 9th day of July 2019.
JAMES C. MAHAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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