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John Dean Mattox v. Sgt. Castrol

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 3, 2013

JOHN DEAN MATTOX, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SGT. CASTROL, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ralph R. Beistline United States District Judge

DISMISSAL ORDER

Plaintiff John Dean Mattox, a California State prisoner appearing pro se and in forma pauperis, brings this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against various officials and employees of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"). Mattox's claims arose from an incident that occurred during his incarceration at the North Kern State Prison ("NKSP"), and a deliberate indifference claim against dental/medical personnel following his transfer to Pleasant Valley State Prison ("PVSP").*fn1

In its initial screening of the Complaint, this Court noted it appeared that this action was duplicative of an earlier action filed in this Court, Mattox v. Martinez, 1:08-cv-01265-FRZ ("Mattox I"). The Court further noting that it did not appear that there was any reason that Mattox could not bring the claims raised in this action in Mattox I, entered its Order to Show Cause why the Complaint should not be dismissed as duplicative of Mattox I.*fn2 Mattox filed his Response and an Amended Complaint.*fn3

DISMISSAL ORDER

In responding, Mattox appears to attempt to cure the defects found in Mattox I that he attempts to resurrect in this action. Mattox's response does not, however, address the defect in this action, i.e., that it is duplicative of Mattox I. The relief Mattox may be entitled to, if any, will be determined in Mattox I. As explained in the Order to Show Cause, Mattox is not entitled to bring a second action raising the same claims as were raised or could have been raised in Mattox I.

IS THEREFORE ORDERED that this matter is DISMISSED without leave to amend.


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