Edward E. Allen, Plaintiff-appellant, v. United States of America, Defendant-appellee, 112 F.3d 515 (9th Cir. 1997)Annotate this Case
Before: BROWNING, THOMPSON, and HAWKINS, Circuit Judges.
Edward E. Allen appeals pro se the district court's judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 52(c) in favor of the United States in Allen's Federal Tort Claims Act ("FCTA") action. Allen alleged that the United States Marshal Service negligently caused him permanent injury while transporting him from the Lane County Jail to the federal courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and affirm.
Allen contends that the district court erred by granting defendant's motion for judgment on partial findings under Fed. R. Civ. P. 52(c). This contention lacks merit.
In reviewing a judgment entered pursuant to Rule 52(c) following a bench trial, this court reviews the district court's findings of fact for clear error and its legal conclusion de novo. See Price v. United States Navy, 39 F.3d 1011, 1021 (9th Cir. 1994). The district court's finding of negligence is a finding of fact reviewed under the clearly erroneous standard. See Vollendorff v. United States, 951 F.2d 215, 217 (9th Cir. 1991). " [A] finding is clearly erroneous when although there is evidence to support it, the reviewing court on the entire evidence is left with the definite conviction that a mistake has been committed." Anderson v. Bessemer City, 470 U.S. 564, 573 (1985) (internal quotations omitted).
Based upon our review of the record, we cannot say that the district court clearly erred by finding that Allen failed to establish that the United States Marshals were negligent when Allen tripped on the curb and fell. See id.; Fazzolari v. Portland School Dist. No. 1J, 734 P.2d 1326, 1334 (Or.1987). Accordingly, we affirm the district court's judgment.