Manley v. State of Nevada et al
ORDER - Defendants' # 127 Motion is GRANTED in part. Should this court enter a report and recommendation recommending denial of Defendants' # 122 Partial Motion to Dismiss, then Defendants' responses to Plaintiff's discove ry shall be due 30 days from the date of that report and recommendation. Conversely, if this court recommends granting Defendants' motion, then responses to Plaintiff's discovery will continue to be stayed. Signed by Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb on 10/2/2013. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - DRM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
CHARLES S. MANLEY, JR.
STATE OF NEVADA, et al.,
MINUTES OF THE COURT
October 2, 2013
PRESENT: THE HONORABLE WILLIAM G. COBB, U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
KATIE LYNN OGDEN REPORTER: NONE APPEARING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF(S): NONE APPEARING
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT(S): NONE APPEARING
MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS:
Before the court is Defendants’ Motion to Stay Discovery. (Doc. # 127.) Defendants seek to
stay the discovery served as to Defendants Baker, McDaniel and Zimmer (attached as Exhibits A,
E and G to Defendants’ motion) pending the disposition of Defendants’ partial motion to dismiss
(Doc. # 122). The basis of Defendants’ motion is that Plaintiff “has failed to exhaust his
administrative remedies as to his claims against Defendants Baker, McDaniel and Zimmer, as
required by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a).” (Doc. # 127 at 3.)
Defendants’ motion was filed on September 30, 2013. Plaintiff Manley has not yet had an
opportunity to respond to Defendants’ motion. However, because the deadline to respond to the
discovery served on Defendants Baker, McDaniel and Zimmer is on or about October 19, 2013, and
because good cause appears to exist with respect to Defendants’ motion, the court will address the
As just stated, a preliminary review of Defendants’ partial motion to dismiss (Doc. # 122)
suggests that good cause may exist for granting the motion. It appears, based upon the information
submitted by Defendants, that as to these Defendants Plaintiff may have failed to exhaust his
administrative remedies prior to commencing the pending action. More specifically, in count one of
Plaintiff’s amended complaint, Plaintiff alleges Defendants McDaniel and Baker failed to investigate
or correct the alleged misconduct of the officers whom he alleges were involved in his escort from
his cell. (Id., at 5.) However, based upon the information submitted by Defendants with their partial
motion to dismiss, it preliminarily appears there is no grievance that these defendants failed to
investigate or failed to take any action with respect to his cell extraction and subsequent escort from
his housing unit to the Ely State Prison infirmary.
MINUTES OF THE COURT
Date: October 2, 2013
Count two of Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint asserts that Defendant Zimmer allegedly did
not protect Plaintiff from harm after Zimmer was allegedly informed that Plaintiff was concerned
about remaining in his cell with his cell mate. (Doc. # 112 at 6.) Again, based upon the information
submitted with Defendants’ motion to dismiss, it preliminarily appears that Plaintiff either failed to
grieve this assertion, or if he did, may have abandoned this grievance after the first level. (Doc. # 122
If as Defendants allege Plaintiff failed to properly exhaust his available administrative
remedies prior to filing the instant lawsuit, Plaintiff’s allegation against these Defendants may be
subject to a dismissal. McKinney v. Carey, 311 F.3d 1198, 1199 (9th Cir. 2002). The requirement
of exhaustion of all administrative remedies before the initiation of a federal case is mandatory.
Porter v. Nussle, 534 U.S. 516, 525 (2002). The discovery Plaintiff has served on these Defendants
(responses to which Defendants seek to stay) does not deal with the issue of exhaustion. Thus,
Plaintiff would not appear to be prejudiced by delaying the deadline to respond to Plaintiff’s
discovery as to these Defendants.
Accordingly, therefore, good cause appears to stay the obligation of Defendants’ Baker,
McDaniel and Zimmer to respond to the discovery attached as Exhibits A, E and G, respectively, to
Therefore, Defendants’ motion (Doc. # 127) is GRANTED in part. Should this court enter
a report and recommendation recommending denial of Defendants’ Partial Motion to Dismiss (Doc.
# 122), then Defendants’ responses to Plaintiff’s discovery shall be due thirty (30) days from the date
of that report and recommendation. Conversely, if this court recommends granting Defendants’
motion, then responses to Plaintiff’s discovery will continue to be stayed.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
LANCE S. WILSON, CLERK
Because of the impending deadline to respond to Plaintiff’s discovery, the court has proceeded with its
decision with respect to Defendants’ motion. However, the court will still consider any opposing argument Plaintiff
may assert with respect to Defendants’ motion. Depending on the content of Plaintiff’s argument, the court may
revise its findings.
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