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George Fetter v. Placer County Sheriff

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


April 29, 2013

GEORGE FETTER,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF, EDWARD N. BONNER INDIVIDUALLY AND IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY; COUNTY OF PLACER; CALIFORNIA FORENSICS MEDICAL GROUP (CFMG); AND PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. Senior United States District Judge

) ORDER DENYING IN PART AND ) GRANTING IN PART MOTION TODISMISS

Defendants Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner and the County of Placer move under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) for dismissal of Plaintiff's first, third, fourth, and seventh claims in Plaintiff's complaint, for the following reasons: "1) the Placer County Sheriff's Dept. is not a person that can be sued under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983; 2) Sheriff Bonner should not be named in his official capacity in the Section 1983 claim because plaintiff already named the County of Placer -- adding the Sheriff in his official capacity is redundant; 3) plaintiff has not alleged direct involvement on the part of Sheriff Bonner that would support a Section 1983 claim against him in his individual capacity; 4) plaintiff has not alleged an unconstitutional custom, policy, or practice that can support a Monell claim against either Sheriff Bonner in his official capacity or the County of Placer; 5) plaintiffs allegations of a conspiracy to violate plaintiff's constitutional rights are impermissibly conclusory and implausible; 6) Sheriff Bonner should not be named in his individual capacity for claims based on disability discrimination statutes since those go against the employer, not employees; 7) the ADA and Rehabilitation Act claims cannot be made for what are essentially medical malpractice claims." (Defs. Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner & County Placer's Mem. P. & A. Supp. Mot. Dismiss ("Mot"), ECF No. 17-1, 1:3-18.) Plaintiff did not oppose the motion or file a statement of non-opposition to the motion as required by Local Rule 230. E.D. Cal. R. 230(c).

Since the movants have not shown that they have standing to bring a motion on behalf of the Placer County Sheriff's Department, this portion of the motion is denied.

Further, since review of the challenged claims reveals that Plaintiff's conclusory allegations against Defendants Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner and the County of Placer are insufficient to state actionable claims, Plaintiff's first, third, fourth, and seventh claims are dismissed against these movant Defendants.

However, Plaintiff is granted fourteen (14) days from the date on which this order is filed to file an amended complaint addressing the deficiencies in any dismissed claim against Defendants Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner and the County of Placer. Plaintiff is warned that a dismissal with prejudice could be entered under Rule 41(b) if Plaintiff fails to file an amended complaint within the prescribed time period.

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