UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 26, 2013
JESUS DE LEON,
KATHLEEN ALLISON, ET AL.,
ORDER STRIKING UNSIGNED COMPLAINT AND REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO FILE SIGNED COMPLAINT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS (ECF No. 1)
Plaintiff Jesus De Leon, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on February 21, 2013. However, Plaintiff neglected to sign his complaint, and unsigned documents cannot be considered by the Court. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a); Local Rule 131(b).
Plaintiff is further advised that his signed complaint must comply with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a). Under Rule 8(a), 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). "[T]he pleading standard Rule 8 announces does not require 'detailed factual allegations,' but it demands more than an unadorned, the-defendant-unlawfully-harmed-me accusation." Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937, 1949 (2009) (quoting Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 554, 555 (2007)).
Under section 1983, Plaintiff must demonstrate that each defendant personally participated in the deprivation of his rights. Jones v. Williams, 297 F.3d 930, 934 (9th Cir. 2002). This requires the presentation of factual allegations sufficient to state a plausible claim for relief. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. at 1949-50; Moss v. U.S. Secret Serv., 572 F.3d 962, 969 (9th Cir. 2009). "[A] complaint [that] pleads facts that are 'merely consistent with' a defendant's liability . . . 'stops short of the line between possibility and plausibility of entitlement to relief.'" Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. at 1949 (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 557). Further, although a court must accept as true all factual allegations contained in a complaint, a court need not accept a plaintiff's legal conclusions as true. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. at 1949. "Threadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice." Id. (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555).
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's complaint is hereby STRICKEN from the record;
2. Plaintiff shall file a signed complaint within thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order;
3. The Clerk's Office shall send Plaintiff a civil rights complaint form; and
4. The failure to comply with this order will result in dismissal of this action, without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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