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Buckley v. Scribner

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


September 6, 2010

ANTONIO CORTEZ BUCKLEY, PLAINTIFF,
v.
A.K. SCRIBNER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Michael J. Seng United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION AND REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO COMPLY WITH SCREENING ORDER (ECF No. 30)

Plaintiff must amend or notify by September 30, 2010

Plaintiff Antonio Cortez Buckley is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On August 6, 2010, the Court found that Plaintiff had stated a cognizable claim against some Defendants for violation of his First Amendment right to free exercise of his religion. (ECF No. 29.) The Court also found, however, that Plaintiff had failed to state a First Amendment claim against other Defendants, and that he had failed to state a claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The Court gave Plaintiff the option of either proceeding on his cognizable claim or amending his entire complaint. (Id.) Plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration on August 23, 2010.*fn1 (ECF No. 30.)

Rule 60(b)(6) allows the Court to relieve a party from an order for any reason that justifies relief. Rule 60(b)(6) "is to be used sparingly as an equitable remedy to prevent manifest injustice and is to be utilized only where extraordinary circumstances . . ." exist. Harvest v. Castro, 531 F.3d 737, 749 (9th Cir. 2008) (internal quotations marks and citation omitted). The moving party "must demonstrate both injury and circumstances beyond his control . . . ." Id. (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). In seeking reconsideration of an order, Local Rule 230(k) requires Plaintiff to show "what new or different facts or circumstances are claimed to exist which did not exist or were not shown upon such prior motion, or what other grounds exist for the motion."

"A motion for reconsideration should not be granted, absent highly unusual circumstances, unless the . . . court is presented with newly discovered evidence, committed clear error, or if there is an intervening change in the controlling law," Marlyn Nutraceuticals, Inc. v. Mucos Pharma GmbH & Co., 571 F.3d 873, 880 (9th Cir. 2009) (internal quotations marks and citations omitted), and "[a] party seeking reconsideration must show more than a disagreement with the Court's decision, and recapitulation . . . " of that which was already considered by the Court in rendering its decision. U.S. v. Westlands Water Dist., 134 F.Supp.2d 1111, 1131 (E.D. Cal. 2001).

The basis for Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration is his disagreement with the Court's screening decision and the Court's application of the law to his complaint. Plaintiff has not shown clear error or other meritorious grounds for relief, and has therefore not met his burden as the party moving for reconsideration. Marlyn Nutraceuticals, Inc., 571 F.3d at 880. Plaintiff's disagreement with the Court's ruling is not sufficient grounds for relief from the order. Westlands Water Dist., 134 F.Supp.2d at 1131.

Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration [ECF No. 30] is DENIED, with prejudice, and Plaintiff is required to comply with the Court's Screening Order. Plaintiff must file an amended complaint or notify the Court of his willingness to proceed only on the claim found cognizable by September 30, 2010.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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