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Tabatabaee v. Stantoro

United States District Court, E.D. California

March 11, 2015

ALEX TABATABAEE, Plaintiff,
v.
K. STANTORO, et al., Defendants.

ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT WITH LEAVE TO AMEND THIRTY-DAY DEADLINE

DENNIS L. BECK, Magistrate Judge.

Plaintiff Alex Tabatabaee ("Plaintiff") is a California state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff filed his complaint on October 4, 2014. He names K. Santoro, Brian Marshall, C. Thompson, A. Ruiz, N. McKee, C. Ervin, M. Gomez, Thomas and Does 1-5 as Defendants.[1]

A. 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 or malicious, " 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).

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, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 1949 (2009) (citing Bell Atl. 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. (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555). While factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id.

Section 1983 provides a cause of action for the violation of Plaintiff's constitutional or other federal rights by persons acting under color of state law. Nurre v. Whitehead, 580 F.3d 1087, 1092 (9th Cir 2009); Long v. County of Los Angeles, 442 F.3d 1178, 1185 (9th Cir. 2006); Jones v. Williams, 297 F.3d 930, 934 (9th Cir. 2002). Plaintiff's allegations must link the actions or omissions of each named defendant to a violation of his rights; there is no respondeat superior liability under section 1983. Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 676-77; Simmons v. Navajo County, Ariz., 609 F.3d 1011, 1020-21 (9th Cir. 2010); Ewing v. City of Stockton, 588 F.3d 1218, 1235 (9th Cir. 2009); Jones, 297 F.3d at 934. Plaintiff must present factual allegations sufficient to state a plausible claim for relief. Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678-79; Moss v. U.S. Secret Service, 572 F.3d 962, 969 (9th Cir. 2009). The mere possibility of misconduct falls short of meeting this plausibility standard. Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678; Moss, 572 F.3d at 969.

B. SUMMARY OF PLAINTIFF'S ALLEGATIONS

Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at Kern Valley State Prison. The events occurred while Plaintiff was housed at Wasco State Prison ("WSP").

Plaintiff was housed at WSP from February 2, 2012, to August 9, 2012. His legal custodians were Warden Katavich and Defendant Deputy Warden Santoro.

Plaintiff contends that on June 10, 2012, while housed at WSP, he was admitted to the Correctional Treatment Center ("CTC") after a serious suicide attempt. On June 13, 2012, while still housed in the CTC, Plaintiff was seriously injured as a result of staff negligence and deliberate indifference to his medical needs.[2]

On June 20, 2012, Plaintiff informed Defendants McKee and Thompson, his correctional case management administrators, of his intent to initiate staff complaints against the staff responsible for his injuries.

On June 23, 2012, Plaintiff's level of care was changed and he was discharged from the CTC.

On June 27, 2012, Plaintiff submitted a health care staff complaint to the Health Care Appeals Office at WSP.

On July 10, 2012, Chief Executive Officer Defendant Marshall reviewed Plaintiff's health care appeal and ...


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