(PC) Lamon v. Adams et al, No. 1:2007cv00829 - Document 92 (E.D. Cal. 2010)

Court Description: ORDER DENYING 77 81 plaintiff's Motions for protective order; GRANTING 82 plaintiff's Motion for Extension of Time; plaintiff shall respond to the Motion to Compel by 12/3/2010; GRANTNG in PART and DENYING in PART 83 defendants' Motion to Compel; defendants to produce portions of the 114-A record that reflect interactions with plaintiff within 30 days; DENYING 85 plaintiff's Motion to file a supplemental complaint; DENYING 87 plaintiff's Motion to Appoint Counsel; GRANTING 89 plaintiff's Motion for Extension of time to file dispositive motions. Dispositive Motions shall be filed by 12/17/2010. Signed by District Judge David G. Campbell on 11/10/2010. (Vasquez, J)
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(PC) Lamon v. Adams et al 1 Doc. 92 WO 2 3 4 5 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 Barry Louis Lamon, 9 Plaintiff, 10 vs. 11 Derral G. Adams, et al., 12 Defendants. 13 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 1:07-CV-00829-DGC ORDER 14 15 The parties have filed a number of different motions in the last two months. Plaintiff 16 has filed a motion for order of protection (Docs. 77, 81); Defendants have filed a motion to 17 compel discovery (Doc. 78); Plaintiff has filed a request for a 30-day extension of time to 18 respond to Defendants’ motion to compel (Doc. 82); Plaintiff has filed his own motion to 19 compel (Doc. 83); Plaintiff has filed a motion to file a supplemental complaint (Doc. 85); 20 Plaintiff has filed a request for court-appointed counsel (Doc. 87); and Defendants have filed 21 a motion for extension of time to file dispositive motions (Doc. 89). The Court will deal with 22 each of these motions separately. 23 A. Motions to Compel. 24 Plaintiff has filed two identical motions to compel. Docs. 77, 81. The motions 25 describe a disagreement Plaintiff has had with detention officers and supervisors at the 26 Corcoran Facility, during which Plaintiff’s legal files were confiscated. In his request for 27 relief, Plaintiff asks the Court for a 15-day extension to file “objections, motions or responses 28 in this case.” Doc. 77 at 7. He also asks the Court to contact the Corcoran litigation Dockets.Justia.com 1 coordinator and instruct them to return his legal files. In a subsequent document, Plaintiff 2 states that his legal files were scheduled to be returned on August 24, 2010. Doc. 82. 3 Plaintiff has filed no subsequent document indicating whether this date was extended. 4 The Court assumes that Plaintiff’s legal files have been returned to him. Moreover, 5 the Court will not grant a general request for 15 additional days to respond to any possible 6 event. The Court will grant specific extensions as described below. Otherwise, Plaintiff’s 7 motions for protective order (Docs. 77, 81) are denied. 8 B. Defendants’ Motion to Compel. 9 Defendants seek to compel various discovery responses by Plaintiff. Doc. 78. 10 Plaintiff has sought a 30-day extension to respond to this motion. Doc. 82. The Court will 11 grant Plaintiff’s request for an extension in part. Plaintiff shall respond to the motion to 12 compel on or before December 3, 1010. 13 C. Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel. 14 Plaintiff has filed a motion to compel. Doc. 83. Defendants oppose the motion. 15 Doc. 84. Plaintiff has filed no reply, and the time for a reply has now passed. Plaintiff asks 16 the Court to compel production of personnel files in response to his Requests for Production 17 1 and 2. Doc. 83 at 5. The basis for these requests is Plaintiff’s simultaneous request that 18 the Court reconsider the screening order in which the Court dismissed Plaintiff’s retaliation 19 claims. Doc. 28. The request for reconsideration is untimely. The Court’s screening order 20 was entered on April 10, 2009. Doc. 28. The Court’s amended case management order 21 establishes a discovery deadline of August 20, 2010. Doc. 68. Plaintiff did not file his 22 motion for reconsideration until August 26, 2010, more than 16 months after the Court’s 23 screening order and six days after the close of discovery. The Court will not consider such 24 an untimely motion for reconsideration. In light of this ruling, the Court will deny Plaintiff’s 25 request to compel responses to Requests for Production 1 and 2. 26 Plaintiff next asks the Court to compel responses to his Requests for Production 3 and 27 4. Doc. 83 at 7. These requests seek to discover Inmate Segregation Record 114-A. This 28 record, by Plaintiff’s and Defendants’ description, includes significant events in the cellblock -2- 1 each day, the guards on duty, and the times when individuals enter or leave the cellblock. 2 Plaintiff contends that these records will reflect the service to him of tainted food, or 3 complaints he made about the food. Defendants object that the records do not include this 4 level of detail. Defendants assert that, in any event, Plaintiff has access to his 114-A record 5 in his central file. The Court will require Defendants to produce this record, from Plaintiff’s 6 central file, within 30 days of this order. Defendants need only produce the portions of 114- 7 A record that reflect interactions with Plaintiff. 8 Plaintiff asks the Court to compel responses to his Requests for Production 5-10. 9 Doc. 83 at 8. Plaintiff does not provide copies of these requests. He describes them as 10 seeking grievances, staff complaints, and citizen complaints filed by other inmates 11 concerning inadequate or tainted food. Plaintiff also states that some of the requests seek 12 logs, lists, and other documents reflecting the name, description, sizes, quantities, and dates 13 of food purchases dedicated to the Kosher diet program. Plaintiff’s requests appear to be 14 overly broad. Complaints and grievances filed by other inmates in most instances would not 15 be relevant to Plaintiff’s claims. Documents generally describing quantities, kinds, and dates 16 of food purchases similarly are not likely to contain relevant information. The Court will, 17 however, require Defendants to produce any documents in their possession related to 18 complaints regarding spoiled or tainted Kosher food during the time period of Plaintiff’s 19 allegations in this complaint. 20 D. 21 On September 23, 2010, Plaintiff filed a motion to file a supplemental complaint 22 (Doc. 85) and lodged a proposed supplemental complaint (Doc. 86). Defendants oppose the 23 motion. Doc. 88. The motion will be denied as untimely. Plaintiff’s initial complaint was 24 filed on June 4, 2007. His third amended complaint was filed on March 4, 2009. Doc. 27. 25 In the order screening the third amended complaint, the Court made the following statement: 26 Plaintiff has had three opportunities to amend his claims. Because Plaintiff has had ample opportunity to present his claims, and because of the age of this case, Plaintiff should note that the Court will not permit any further amendment of Plaintiff’s claim. 27 Plaintiff’s Motion to File a Supplemental Complaint. 28 -3- 1 Doc. 28 at 5. 2 Plaintiff’s proposed supplemental complaint names numerous additional Defendants 3 and seeks to reinstate retaliation claims that were dismissed as part of the Court’s screening 4 order. Docs. 28, 86. Moreover, some of the events addressed in the supplemental complaint 5 occurred before the filing of the third amended complaint and thus are not properly the 6 subject of supplementation. 7 Discovery in this litigation has closed. Doc. 68. The next step in this litigation will 8 be the filing of dispositive motions. Permitting the filing of a supplemental complaint at this 9 late date, adding new Defendants and new claims, would defeat the purposes of the Federal 10 Rules of Civil Procedure to achieve the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every 11 action and proceeding.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. Plaintiff’s motion to file a supplemental 12 complaint (Doc. 85) will therefore be denied. 13 E. Plaintiff’s Motion for Court-Appointed Counsel. 14 Plaintiff asks the Court to appoint counsel to represent him in this action. Doc. 87. 15 There is no constitutional right to appointed counsel in a civil case. See Ivey v. Bd. of 16 Regents of Univ. of Alaska, 673 F.2d 266, 269 (9th Cir. 1982). The Court does have the 17 discretion to appoint counsel in “exceptional circumstances.” See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1); 18 Wilborn v. Escalderon, 789 F.2d 1328, 1331 (9th Cir. 1986); Aldabe v. Aldabe, 616 F.2d 19 1089, 1093 (9th Cir. 1980). “A finding of exceptional circumstances requires an evaluation 20 of both ‘the likelihood of success on the merits and the ability of the petitioner to articulate 21 his or her claim pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved.’” Wilborn, 789 22 F.2d at 1331(quoting Weygant v. Look, 718 F.2d 952, 954 (9th Cir. 1983)); see Richards v. 23 Harper, 864 F.2d 85, 87 (9th Cir. 1988). “Neither of these factors is dispositive and both 24 must be viewed together before reaching a decision on request of counsel” under section 25 1915(e)(1). Wilborn, 789 F.2d at 1331. 26 27 28 -4- 1 Having considered both factors, the Court finds that Plaintiff has not demonstrated a 2 likelihood of success on the merits or that any difficulty he is experiencing in attempting to 3 litigate his case is due to the complexity of the issues involved. To the contrary, Plaintiff is 4 quite adept at setting forth his position and citing relevant legal authorities. As Plaintiff 5 himself notes, he has litigated at least 11 previous lawsuits. Doc. 86 at 3. The Court 6 concludes that this case does not present the “exceptional circumstances” warranting the 7 appointment of counsel. 8 F. Motion for Extension of Time. 9 Defendants seek 45-days following the Court’s ruling on Plaintiff’s motion to file a 10 supplemental complaint within which to file dispositive motions. Doc. 89. The Court will 11 grant this motion in part. 12 December 17, 2010. The parties are advised that the Court will not extend this deadline 13 absent truly extraordinary circumstances. Dispositive motions are now due on or before 14 IT IS ORDERED: 15 1. Plaintiff’s motions for protective order (Doc. 77, 81) are denied. 16 2. Plaintiff’s motion for extension of time to respond to Defendants’ motion to 17 compel (Doc. 82) is granted. Plaintiff shall respond to the motion to compel on or before 18 December 3, 2010. 19 3. Plaintiff’s motion to compel (Doc. 83) is granted in part and denied in part. 20 The Court will require Defendants to produce portions of the 114-A record that reflect 21 interactions with Plaintiff within 30 days of this order. The Court will also require 22 Defendants to produce any documents in their possession related to complaints regarding 23 spoiled or tainted Kosher food during the time period of Plaintiff’s allegations in this case. 24 4. Plaintiff’s motion to file a supplemental complaint (Doc. 85) is denied. 25 5. Plaintiff’s motion for court-appointed counsel (Doc. 87) is denied. 26 6. Defendants’ motion for extension of time within which to file dispositive 27 motions (Doc. 89) is granted. Dispositive motions are now due on or before December 17, 28 2010. The parties are advised that the Court will not extend this deadline absent truly -5- 1 2 extraordinary circumstances. 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