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Roberto Herrera v. Pain Management Committee Staff At Corcoran State

November 30, 2012

ROBERTO HERRERA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
PAIN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE STAFF AT CORCORAN STATE PRISON, DEFENDANT.



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

ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT WITH LEAVE TO AMEND AMENDED COMPLAINT DUE WITHIN THIRTY DAYS (ECF No. 1)

FIRST SCREENING ORDER

I. PROCEDURAL HISTORY

Plaintiff Roberto Herrera is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action filed on November 8, 2012 pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Compl., ECF No. 1.) Plaintiff's Complaint is now before the Court for screening.

II. SCREENING REQUIREMENT

The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the prisoner has raised claims that are legally "frivolous, malicious," or that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1),(2). "Notwithstanding any filing fee, or any portion thereof, that may have been paid, the court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that . . . the action or appeal . . . fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii).

Section 1983 "provides a cause of action for the 'deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws' of the United States." Wilder v. Virginia Hosp. Ass'n, 496 U.S. 498, 508 (1990), quoting 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Section 1983 is not itself a source of substantive rights, but merely provides a method for vindicating federal rights conferred elsewhere. Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 393-94 (1989).

III. SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT

Plaintiff suffers from multiple healed bone fractures, repaired with internal fixation, and related degenerative disease resulting in chronic pain while walking and standing and trouble sleeping. (Compl. at 2 § IV.)

Pain Management Committee Staff ("Committee") at Corcoran State Prison ("CSP"), has a policy ("Policy") under which primary care physicians are not allowed to provide chronic pain treatment unless approved by the Committee. (Id. at 2-3 § IV.)

The Committee, on October 18, 2012, denied use of opiates for treatment of Plaintiff's chronic pain in deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs, violating his Eighth Amendment rights. (Id. at 3 § IV.)

Plaintiff names the Committee as Defendant in this action, conceding he does not know the names of the individual Committee members. (Id. at 2 § III.)

Plaintiff seeks monetary compensation and an emergency temporary injunction that CDCR Chief Zamora stop the Policy, and that counsel be appointed to represent him. (Id. at 4 § V.)

IV. ANALYSIS

A. Pleading Requirements Generally

To state a claim under § 1983, a plaintiff must allege two essential elements: (1) that a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States was violated and (2) that the alleged violation was committed by a person acting under the color of state law. West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988); Ketchum v. Alameda Cnty., 811 F.2d 1243, 1245 (9th Cir. 1987).

A complaint must contain "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief . . . ." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). Detailed factual allegations are not required, but "[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice." Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 1949 (2009), citing Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007). Plaintiff must set forth "sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to 'state a claim that is plausible on its face.'" Id. Facial plausibility demands more than the mere possibility that a defendant committed misconduct and, while factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id. at 1949--50.

B. The Committee is not a Proper ...


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