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Johnson v. Gains

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


February 17, 2010

ANTHONY WAYNE JOHNSON, JR., PLAINTIFF,
v.
M. GAINS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Dana M. Sabraw United States District Judge

CDCR #F-58411

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION [Doc. No. 6]

On December 21, 2009, Plaintiff, an inmate currently incarcerated at Salinas Valley State Prison located in Soledad, California and proceeding pro se, filed a civil rights Complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Plaintiff did not prepay the $350 filing fee mandated by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) to commence a civil action; instead, he filed a Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis ("IFP") pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a) [Doc. No. 2]. The Court sua sponte dismissed Plaintiff's Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1) because it was duplicative of Johnson v. Gains, S.D. Cal. Civil Case No. 09cv1312 LAB (POR). Plaintiff has now filed a "Motion for Reconsideration." [Doc. No. 6].

I. Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration

A. Standard of Review

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not expressly provide for motions for reconsideration.*fn1 However, a motion for reconsideration may be construed as a motion to alter or amend judgment under Rule 59(e) or Rule 60(b).*fn2 See Osterneck v. Ernst & Whinney, 489 U.S. 169, 174 (1989); In re Arrowhead Estates Development Co., 42 F.3d 1306, 1311 (9th Cir. 1994). In Osterneck, the Supreme Court stated that "a postjudgment motion will be considered a Rule 59(e) motion where it involves 'reconsideration of matters properly encompassed in a decision on the merits.'" Id. at 174 (quoting White v. New Hampshire Dep't of Employ't Sec., 455 U.S. 445, 451 (1982)). Under Rule 59(e), "[r]econsideration is appropriate if the district court (1) is presented with newly discovered evidence, (2) committed clear error or the initial decision was manifestly unjust, or (3) if there is an intervening change in controlling law. There may also be other, highly unusual, circumstances warranting reconsideration." School Dist. No. 1J v. ACandS, Inc., 5 F.3d 1255, 1263 (9th Cir. 1993) (citations omitted).

B. Discussion

In Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration, he expresses confusion with respect to the Orders that have been issued in his previous case. Specifically, Plaintiff states that several claims were dismissed without prejudice in Johnson v. Gains, S.D. Cal. Civil Case No. 09cv1312 LAB (POR). Therefore, Plaintiff decided to re-file those dismissed claims in this separate action. However, while there were claims dismissed without prejudice in his previous case, Plaintiff was also permitted leave to file an amended Complaint in order to try to correct the problems identified by District Judge Burns. Instead of filing a separate action, Plaintiff must first attempt to amend his pleading in Johnson v. Gains, S.D. Cal. Civil Case No. 09cv1312 LAB (POR).

Accordingly, the Court finds that Plaintiff has provided no newly discovered evidence, has failed to show clear error or that the Court rendered a manifestly unjust decision, and has further failed to identify any intervening changes in controlling law that would demand reconsideration of the Court's Order. School Dist. No. 1J, 5 F.3d at 1263.

II. Conclusion and Order

The Court DENIES Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration [Doc. No. 6]. Moreover, the Court CERTIFIES that an IFP appeal from this Order would also be frivolous and therefore, would not be taken in good faith pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). See Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962); Gardner v. Pogue, 558 F.2d 548, 550 (9th Cir. 1977) (indigent appellant is permitted to proceed IFP on appeal only if appeal would not be frivolous).

The Clerk shall close the file.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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