Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

Jeffery v. Benefield

United States District Court, N.D. California

August 29, 2019

DONALD D. JEFFERY, Plaintiff,
v.
J. BENEFIELD, et al., Defendants.

          ORDER OF SERVICE

          NATHANAEL M. COUSINS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Plaintiff, a prisoner proceeding pro se, filed a civil rights complaint, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Court granted Plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis, see Dkt. No. 5, and dismissed his complaint with leave to amend, see Dkt. No. 6. Plaintiff timely filed an amended complaint, see Dkt. No. 7, which the Court now reviews. For the reasons that follow, the Court orders service of the amended complaint upon Defendants.

         BACKGROUND

         I. Legal Standard

         A federal court must engage in a preliminary screening of any case in which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). In its review the court must identify any cognizable claims, and dismiss any claims which are frivolous, malicious, fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1), (2). Pro se pleadings must be liberally construed. See Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Dep't, 901 F.2d 696, 699 (9th Cir. 1990).

         To state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, a plaintiff must allege two elements:

         (1) that a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States was violated and (2) that the violation was committed by a person acting under the color of state law. See West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988).

         II. Plaintiff's Claims

         Liberally construing Plaintiff's complaint, Plaintiff has stated cognizable claims that (1) he was retaliated against by Defendant Benefield in violation of the First Amendment, with the assistance of Defendants Quintero and Garcia, and that (2) Defendant Benefield publicized Plaintiff's sex offense in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

         CONCLUSION

         1. The Clerk of the Court shall mail a Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver of Service of Summons, two copies of the Waiver of Service of Summons, a copy of the amended complaint and all attachments thereto, a magistrate judge jurisdiction consent form, and a copy of this order to Defendants J. Benefield, R. Quintero, and P. Garcia, correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison. The Clerk of the Court shall also mail a courtesy copy of the amended complaint and a copy of this order to the California Attorney General's Office. Additionally, the Clerk shall mail a copy of this order to Plaintiff.

         2. Defendants are cautioned that Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires them to cooperate in saving unnecessary costs of service of the summons and amended complaint. Pursuant to Rule 4, if Defendants, after being notified of this action and asked by the Court, on behalf of Plaintiff, to waive service of the summons, fail to do so, they will be required to bear the cost of such service unless good cause be shown for their failure to sign and return the waiver form. If service is waived, Defendants will be required to serve and file an answer within sixty (60) days from the date on which the request for waiver was sent to them. Defendants are asked to read the statement set forth at the bottom of the waiver form that more completely describes the duties of the parties with regard to waiver of service of the summons. If service is waived after the date provided in the Notice but before Defendants have been personally served, the Answer shall be due sixty (60) days from the date on which the request for waiver was sent or twenty (20) days from the date the waiver form is filed, whichever is later.

         3. No. later than sixty (60) days from the date the waivers are sent from the Court, Defendants shall file a dispositive motion, such as a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment, with respect to the cognizable claims in the amended complaint, raising any merits challenges or affirmative defenses they may have to those claims. At that time, Defendants shall also submit the magistrate judge jurisdiction consent form. Any motion for summary judgment shall be supported by adequate factual documentation and shall conform in all respects to Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. A motion for summary judgment also must be accompanied by a Rand notice so that Plaintiff will have fair, timely and adequate notice of what is required of him in order to oppose the motion. Woods v. Carey, 684 F.3d 934, 939 (9th Cir. 2012) (notice requirement set out in Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998), must be served concurrently with motion for summary judgment). Defendants are advised that summary judgment cannot be granted, nor qualified immunity found, if material facts are in dispute. If Defendants are of the opinion that this case cannot be resolved by summary judgment, they shall so inform the Court prior to the date the summary judgment motion is due.

         4. Plaintiffs opposition to the dispositive motion shall be filed with the Court and served on Defendants no later than twenty-eight (28) days from the date Defendants' motion is filed. Plaintiff is advised to read Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986) (holding party opposing summary judgment must come ...


Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.