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Shackelford v. Virtu Investments, LLC

United States District Court, E.D. California

December 2, 2019

DAWNE C. SHACKELFORD, Plaintiff,
v.
VIRTU INVESTMENTS, LLC, Defendant.

          ORDER

          Troy L. Nunley United States District Judge.

         Plaintiff Dawne C. Shackelford (“Plaintiff”), proceeding pro se, brings the instant action. The matter was referred to a United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to Eastern District of California Local Rule 302(c)(21).

         On October 3, 2019, the magistrate judge filed findings and recommendations herein which were served on Plaintiff and which contained notice to Plaintiff that any objections to the findings and recommendations were to be filed within fourteen days. (ECF No. 15.) On October 17, 2019, Plaintiff filed Objections to the Findings and Recommendations. (ECF No. 16.)

         This Court reviews de novo those portions of the proposed findings of fact to which objection has been made. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Commodore Business Machines, 656 F.2d 1309, 1313 (9th Cir. 1981), cert. denied, 455 U.S. 920 (1982). As to any portion of the proposed findings of fact to which no objection has been made, the Court assumes its correctness and decides the motions on the applicable law. See Orand v. United States, 602 F.2d 207, 208 (9th Cir. 1979). The magistrate judge's conclusions of law are reviewed de novo. See Britt v. Simi Valley Unified Sch. Dist., 708 F.2d 452, 454 (9th Cir. 1983).

         Having carefully reviewed the entire file under the applicable legal standards, the Court finds the Findings and Recommendations to be supported by the record and by the magistrate judge's analysis.

         The magistrate judge recommended dismissal on the basis that Plaintiff fails to allege facts showing the Americans with Disabilities Act[1] (“ADA”) applies because Plaintiff no longer lives at the apartment complex that is the subject of her claims (and therefore cannot establish entitlement to injunctive relief). (ECF No. 15 at 3.) Similarly, the Findings and Recommendations find Plaintiff fails to allege facts that the Service members Civil Relief Act[2](“SCRA”) applies because Plaintiff is not on active military service but is a “retired Gulf war veteran.” (ECF No. 15 at 4.)

         Plaintiff objects to the recommendation to dismiss her Second Amended Complaint with prejudice because, Plaintiff asserts, she could add allegations of continuing harm caused by unnamed defendants. (ECF No. 16 at 1.) Plaintiff does not, however, provide the proposed allegations or identify what harm will be alleged. Further, the Court finds Plaintiff's proposed amendments would not cure the inherent defects in her ADA or SCRA claims. Indeed, Plaintiff does not object to the findings that the allegations in her complaint establish the ADA and SCRA are inapplicable to her claims. Therefore, Plaintiff fails to indicate that further amendment could cure the defects identified in the Findings and Recommendations. Accordingly, Plaintiff's objections are overruled.

         Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. The Findings and Recommendations, filed October 3, 2019 (ECF No. 15), are adopted in full;
2. Plaintiffs Second Amended Complaint (ECF No. 8) is DISMISSED, without leave to amend, for failure to state a claim; and
3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to close the case.

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

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