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Henry C. Williams, Iii v. K. Amaya

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 7, 2012

HENRY C. WILLIAMS, III, PLAINTIFF,
v.
K. AMAYA, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER AND FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel. Plaintiff commenced this action on January 27, 2011, in the Solano County Superior Court. Defendants Amaya and Polasik removed this action to federal court and requested that the court screen plaintiff's complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. On February 22, 2012, the court found that the allegations in the complaint were sufficient to state a cognizable First Amendment retaliation claim against defendant Amaya, but granted plaintiff leave to amend. Dckt. No. 12. On March 8, 2012, plaintiff timely filed an amended complaint. See Dckt. No. 13 at 12-44.*fn1 He also moved for reconsideration of the court's February 22, 2012 screening order. Id. at 1-11. On March 22, 2012, Amaya filed an answer. Dckt. No. 14.

Because the amended complaint supercedes the original complaint, plaintiff's motion for reconsideration of the court's initial screening order is moot. This action now proceeds on plaintiff's first amended complaint. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(1). In the amended complaint, plaintiff alleges a violation of his First Amendment rights, but does not assert any other claim arising out of federal law. See Dckt. No. 13 at 20, ¶ 5. Although the motion for reconsideration is moot, the court notes that therein, plaintiff expressly abandons any First Amendment claim and seeks to remand this action to state court. See id. at 2 ("Plaintiff is not now, nor has he ever been claiming a First Amendment violation of Retaliation."); id. at 1 ("a federal First Amendment Claim of Retaliation . . . is only asserted for the purpose of evidentiary proof" and the court has "ruled on a claim that the plaintiff is not making.").

As plaintiff has abandoned any federal claim in this action, it is within the court's discretion whether to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over any remaining state law claims. Carlsbad Tech., Inc. v. HIF BIO, Inc., 129 S. Ct. 1862, 1866-67 (2009); Albingia Versicherungs A.G. v. Schenker Int'l Inc., 344 F3d 931, 936 (9th Cir. 2003); 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c) ("The district courts may decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over a claim under subsection (a) if . . . the district court has dismissed all claims over which it has original jurisdiction . . . .)." "[I]n the usual case in which all federal-law claims are eliminated before trial, the balance of factors to be considered under the pendent jurisdiction doctrine-judicial economy, convenience, fairness, and comity-will point toward declining to exercise jurisdiction over the remaining state-law claims." Carnegie-Mellon Univ. v. Cohill, 484 U.S. 343, 351 (1988). Indeed, "[n]eedless decisions of state law should be avoided both as a matter of comity and to promote justice between the parties, by procuring for them a surer-footed reading of the applicable law." United Mine Workers of America v. Gibbs, 383 U.S. 715, 726 (1966). In this case, the court finds it is in the interests of judicial economy, convenience, fairness, and comity, to remand any remaining state law claims. See 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c).

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's March 8, 2012 motion for reconsideration of the court's initial screening order is denied as moot.

Further, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that:

1. The court decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over any claims arising under state law;

2. This action be remanded to the Solano County Superior Court; and

3. The Clerk be directed to close this case.

These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen days after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file written objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." Failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Turner v. Duncan, 158 F.3d 449, 455 (9th Cir. 1998); Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991).


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