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William Nible v. M. Knowles

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 30, 2011

WILLIAM NIBLE,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
M. KNOWLES, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO AMEND COMPLAINT (DOC. 60)

Plaintiff William Nible ("Plaintiff") is a prisoner in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action is proceeding on Plaintiff's second amended complaint, filed July 21, 2009, against Defendant E. Flores for violation of the First Amendment. On July 21, 2011, Plaintiff filed a motion to amend his complaint. Doc. 60. On August 8, 2011, Defendant filed his opposition. Doc. 62. The matter is submitted pursuant to Local Rule 230(l).

Plaintiff alleges that Defendant E. Flores Plaintiff moves to amend his pleadings to include allegations for his entire period of incarceration at Kern Valley State Prison, from the alleged events in 2006 to the present. Defendant opposes the motion.

On September 9, 2010, the Court issued a Discovery and Scheduling Order. The Court set March 9, 2011 as the deadline to amend the pleadings . Doc. 45. Plaintiff is effectively seeking to modify the discovery and scheduling order. The decision to modify a scheduling order is within the broad discretion of the district court. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 607 (9th Cir. 1992) (quoting Miller v. Safeco Title Ins. Co., 758 F.2d 364, 369 (9th Cir. 1985)). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16, a pretrial scheduling order "shall not be modified except upon a showing of good cause," and leave of court. Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4); Zivkovic v. S. Cal. Edison Co., 302 F.3d 1080, 1087-88 (9th Cir. 2002). Although "the existence or degree of prejudice to the party opposing the modification might supply additional reasons to deny a motion, the focus of the inquiry is upon the moving party's reasons for seeking modification." Johnson, 975 F.2d at 609.

Here, Plaintiff has failed to demonstrate good cause. Plaintiff's motion to amend his pleadings was filed four months after the deadline.*fn1 Plaintiff has not presented good cause to modify the Court's schedule.

Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion to amend, filed July 21, 2011, is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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