Bernard Burley, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Frank E. Ferreira; Whispering Trees Apt.; Sequoia Propertymanagement; Fair Housing and Employmentdepartment of the State of California,defendants-appellees, 116 F.3d 1485 (9th Cir. 1997)Annotate this Case
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, No. CV-95-02882-HBT; Howard B. Turrentine, Senior District Judge, Presiding.
Before: GOODWIN, SCHROEDER, and TASHIMA, Circuit Judges.
Bernard Burley appeals pro se the district court's dismissal of his 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985 civil rights action as time-barred. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo, Everest & Jennings, Inc. v. American Motorists Ins. Co., 23 F.3d 226, 228 (9th Cir. 1994) and affirm.
In his first amended complaint, Burley alleged, among other things, that the defendants conspired to deprive him of his due process rights in connection with the settlement of a discrimination claim. Burley alleged that the defendants forced him to settle a discrimination claim and failed to inform him that the settlement would prevent him from bringing a "private lawsuit". According to Burley's first amended complaint, he became aware of the effect of his settlement on March 28, 1993, when he received a letter from an employee of the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment, informing Burley that he waived his right to bring a "private lawsuit" by executing a general release. On December 6, 1995, Burley brought this action.
Contrary to Burley's protestations, the relevant statute of limitations is one year. See McDougal v. County of Imperial, 942 F.2d 668, 673 (9th Cir. 1991); Usher v. City of Los Angeles, 828 F.2d 556, 558 (9th Cir. 1987); see also Cal.Civ.Proc.Code § 340(3) (West 1996). Because it is apparent on the face of Burley's first amended complaint that the time for filing his action ran on March 29, 1994, the district court properly dismissed his action as time-barred. See Jablon v. Dean Witter & Co., 614 F.2d 677, 682 (9th Cir. 1980).