Ejonga-Deogracias v. Department of Corrections et al

Filing 70

ORDER regarding the 64 Notice of Appeal: A final judgment has not been entered. Despite the Notice of Appeal, this Court still has jurisdiction over the case. This case remains referred to U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa L. Fricke for further proceedings. Signed by Judge Robert J. Bryan. **3 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL**(JoJo Ejonga-Deogracias, Prisoner ID: 366372)(CMG)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA JOJO EJONGA DEOGRACIAS, CASE NO. 15-5784 RJB - TLF 6 7 Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 ORDER REGARDING NOTICE OF APPEAL DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, LEON N. KERSHAW, CAROLEE ROOP, SUPERINTENDENT DONALD HOLBROOK, BILL HAMBY, and FOUR UNKNOWN DOC STAFF, 10 11 12 Defendants. 13 14 This matter comes before the Court on the Plaintiff’s Notice of Appeal. Dkt. 64. The 15 Court has reviewed the Notice of Appeal and the remaining file, and is fully advised. 16 Originally filed on October 29, 2015, Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, filed this civil rights 17 case alleging that Defendants violated his constitutional rights when they failed to protect him 18 from another inmate, when he was placed in administrative segregation for around seven days 19 without being given a hearing, and when they failed to provide him adequate medical care. Dkt. 20 6. 21 After the case was remanded from the Ninth Circuit, on July 5, 2017, Plaintiff filed an 22 Amended Complaint. Dkt. 44. In his Amended Complaint, Plaintiff named Superintendent 23 Donald Holbrook, retired DOC officer Bill Hamby, and “four unknown DOC staff,” while 24 ORDER REGARDING NOTICE OF APPEAL - 1 1 asserting the same or similar allegations as were in the original complaint. Id. As relief, Plaintiff 2 seeks $4,500 per day that he spent in administrative segregation. Id. 3 On August 11, 2017, Defendant Holbrook filed a motion to dismiss (Dkt. 50) that was the 4 subject of a Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 60). The relevant facts are in the Report and 5 Recommendation (Dkt. 60, at 1-2) and are adopted here. The Report and Recommendation 6 recommended the Court grant the motion to dismiss for the Plaintiff’s failure to plead facts 7 which would entitle him to relief against Defendant Holbrook only. Dkt. 60, at 2-5. The Report 8 and Recommendation was adopted. Dkt. 62. Plaintiff was granted leave to amend his 9 complaint, and the case was referred back to the magistrate judge. Id. 10 11 On December 6, 2017, Plaintiff filed the Notice of Appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the dismissal of Defendant Holbrook. Dkt. 64. 12 13 DISCUSSION Notice of Appeal. Once a notice of appeal is filed from a final judgment, the district 14 court is divested of jurisdiction. Laurino v. Syringa General Hosp., 279 F.3d 750, 755 (9th Cir. 15 2002); Griggs v. Provident Consumer Disc. Co., 459 U.S. 56, 58- 59 (1982). However, when a 16 Notice of Appeal is defective in that it refers to a non-appealable interlocutory order, it does not 17 transfer jurisdiction to the appellate court, and so the ordinary rule that the district court cannot 18 act until the mandate has issued on the appeal does not apply. Nascimento v. Dummer, 508 F.3d 19 905, 908 (9th Cir. 2007). 20 The Court is not divested of jurisdiction here. Dismissal of some, but not all, of the 21 defendants is a non-appealable interlocutory order. Nascimento, at 908; see also Wynn v. 22 Reconstruction Fin. Corp., 212 F.2d 953, 956 (9th Cir. 1954)(noting that partial summary 23 judgment order is non-appealable prior to entry of final judgment and should be considered 24 ORDER REGARDING NOTICE OF APPEAL - 2 1 “interlocutory summary adjudication”). A final judgment has not been entered. Despite the 2 Notice of Appeal, this Court still has jurisdiction over the case. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Referral. This case remains referred to U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa L. Fricke for further proceedings. IT IS SO ORDERED. The Clerk is directed to send uncertified copies of this Order to all counsel of record and to any party appearing pro se at said party’s last known address. Dated this 26th day of December, 2017. A ROBERT J. BRYAN United States District Judge 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ORDER REGARDING NOTICE OF APPEAL - 3

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