Fulkerson v. Public Utilities Commission Nevada et al
ORDER granting 23 Motion for Summary Judgment; clerk shall enter judgment. Signed by Judge Robert C. Jones on 9/7/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - LG)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
HEATH VINCENT FULKERSON,
Case No. 3:20-cv-00007-RCJ-WGC
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, alleges in his Complaint that someone “tampered” in some
unspecified manner with his phone, internet, and television service beginning on October 8, 2015.
(ECF No. 1 at 4). Plaintiff further alleges that this unspecified "tampering" violated his rights under
The Privacy Act of 1974, the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States
Constitution, false light laws, the Protecting the Internet Freedom Act, net neutrality law, E911
laws, and the Telecommunications Business Act of 2011. (Id. at 3).
On September 22, 2020, the Court dismissed all of Plaintiff’s claims with the exception of
the Privacy Act of 1974 claim as the claim was not addressed in the motion to dismiss. (ECF No.
21.) In its Order, the Court granted Plaintiff 30 days to amend the other dismissed claims, and the
Court further provided that without an amendment, “the case will proceed on Plaintiff’s remaining
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claim.” (Id.) Plaintiff has not amended his Complaint, and Defendant AT&T Corp. now moves for
summary judgment on Plaintiff’s sole remaining claim. (ECF No. 23.) Plaintiff has not filed an
opposition and any response would now be untimely.
In 1974, Congress enacted the Privacy Act of 1974, 93 P.L. 579, 88 Stat. 1896, 5 U.S.C.
§ 552a, to safeguard the privacy of individuals from the misuse of Federal government agency
records, to provide individuals access to Federal agency records concerning them, and to establish
a Privacy Protection Study Commission. The Privacy Act of 1974 affords the right to sue only
Federal government agencies; there is no right of action against private individuals or state
agencies. Dittman v. California, 191 F.3d 1020, 20126 (9th Cir. 1999).
AT&T Corp. is a private corporation organized under the jurisdiction of New York state,
and is registered to do business in Nevada as a foreign corporation. (ECF No. 22 Exs. 1, 2.) As
such, Plaintiff cannot sue defendant AT&T Corp. under the Privacy Act of 1974, and therefore
summary judgment is proper.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 23) is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment accordingly and
close the case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated September 7, 2021.
ROBERT C. JONES
United States District Judge
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