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Kiel J. Sturm v. the World

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION


February 7, 2011

KIEL J. STURM,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
THE WORLD, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lucy H. Koh United States District Judge

United States District Court For the Northern District of California

ORDER GRANTING FREE PACER ACCESS; DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION

Plaintiff Kiel Sturm has filed motions requesting free PACER access and reconsideration of the Court's order dismissing his Complaint with leave to amend. For the reasons stated below, the Court grants Plaintiff an exemption from fees for PACER/ECF usage and denies Plaintiff's motion 19 for reconsideration.

I.Motion for Reconsideration

On January 14, 2011, Plaintiff Kiel Sturm filed a Complaint for Alien Tort against the World, the State of California, and 7 billion Doe Defendants. Plaintiff also filed an ex parte motion 23 for a temporary protective order and an application to proceed in forma pauperis. In its order of January 21, 2011, the Court denied Plaintiff's motion for a temporary protective order and granted 25 his application to proceed in former pauperis. The Court then screened Plaintiff's Complaint as 26 required by the in forma pauperis statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2), and dismissed Plaintiff's Complaint on grounds that it contained frivolous allegations and failed to state a claim on which 28 relief may be granted. The Court granted Plaintiff leave to file an amended complaint.

Plaintiff now moves for reconsideration of the Court's order dismissing his Complaint. Ex Parte Mot. for Reconsideration of Order Dismissing Compl., ECF No. 15. Under the Local Rules 3 of this Court, a party may not move for reconsideration without first seeking leave of the Court. 4 Civ. L.R. 7-9(a). The Court thus construes Plaintiff's request as a motion for leave to file a motion 5 for reconsideration. Pursuant to Local Rule 7-9(b), a party moving for leave to file a motion for 6 reconsideration must show: 1) a material difference in law or fact of which the movant was 7 unaware at the time of the interlocutory order at issue, despite exercising reasonable diligence; 2) 8 the emergence of new material facts or a change of law occurring after the order; or 3) a manifest 9 failure of the Court to consider material facts or dispositive legal arguments which were presented 10 to the Court. In his motion for reconsideration, Plaintiff notes that he did not move for summary judgment, and thus dismissing the Complaint may have been an oversight. However, as the Court 12 explained in its prior order, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2) requires a court to screen lawsuits filed in 13 forma pauperis and to dismiss those suits under certain conditions. See Lopez v. Smith, 203 F.3d 14 1122, 1126-27 & n.7 (9th Cir. 2000). The Court must dismiss the case if it determines that the 15 action is frivolous or the complaint fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. 16 § 1915(e)(2). The Court thus properly dismissed Plaintiff's Complaint upon determining that it 17 failed to state a viable claim for relief and contained frivolous allegations. Plaintiff does not raise 18 any new material facts or law that would affect the Court's determination. Accordingly, the Court DENIES Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration. However, the Court previously granted Plaintiff 30 20 days to file an amended complaint, and Plaintiff may still do so. Pursuant to the Court's prior 21 order, if Plaintiff wishes to proceed with this action, he must file an amended complaint by February 21, 2011.

already granted Plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis. The court finds that Plaintiff 26 falls within the class of users eligible for a fee exemption listed in the Electronic Public Access fee 27 schedule adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States Courts and has demonstrated that 28 a fee exemption is necessary to avoid unreasonable burdens in litigating this case. The Court

II.Motion for Free PACER Access

Plaintiff also requests that the Court grant him free access to PACER. The Court has therefore GRANTS Plaintiff an exemption from fees for PACER and/or ECF usage. This 2 exemption covers only fees associated with filing and accessing the electronic documents in this 3 action. Plaintiff shall not be exempt from the payment of fees incurred in connection with other 4 uses of the ECF or PACER system in this court. 5

Plaintiff is directed to register for PACER at www.pacer.gov. In order to file documents in this action, Plaintiff must also register for ECF at 7 https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cand/newreg/index.html. In using PACER and ECF, Plaintiff must 8 comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and all general orders and local rules pertaining 9 to electronic filing, including General Order 45. After registering for ECF and PACER, Plaintiff 10 must file a notice of ECF registration. Thereafter, the Court will presume that Plaintiff receives all Court filings and other notifications when they are transmitted electronically, and the Court will no longer mail filings and notifications to Plaintiff's address. 13

III. Conclusion

For the reasons discussed above, the Court DENIES Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration and GRANTS Plaintiff's motion for free PACER access. Plaintiff is reminded that pursuant to the Court's prior order, the deadline to file an amended complaint is February 21, 2011. If Plaintiff 17 does not file an amended complaint, or submit a well-justified request for an extension of time, by February 21, 2011, the Court will dismiss this case with prejudice.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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