(PC) Fields v. Velasco, No. 1:2007cv01213 - Document 36 (E.D. Cal. 2010)

Court Description: ORDER ADOPTING 30 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS; Dismissing IIED and Equitable Relief Claims, and Referring Matter Back to Magistrate Judge for Service of Process; ORDER Denying 33 34 35 Motions as Moot signed by Chief Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 08/24/2010. (Flores, E)
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(PC) Fields v. Velasco Doc. 36 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 KEVIN E. FIELDS, 10 Plaintiff, 11 12 CASE NO. 1:07-cv-01213-AWI-SMS PC ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, DISMISSING IIED AND EQUITABLE RELIEF CLAIMS, AND REFERRING MATTER BACK TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS v. J. M. VELASCO, et al., 13 Defendants. (Docs. 25 and 30) 14 ORDER DENYING MOTIONS AS MOOT 15 (Docs. 33, 34, and 35) 16 / 17 Plaintiff Kevin E. Fields, a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this 18 civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on August 21, 2007. This matter was referred to a 19 United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 302. 20 On July 13, 2010, the Magistrate Judge screened Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint and 21 issued a Findings and Recommendations recommending that this action proceed on Plaintiff’s 22 retaliation claim, and that Plaintiff’s intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) and equitable 23 relief claims be dismissed for failure to state a claim. On July 27, 2010, Plaintiff filed an Objection. 24 Plaintiff objects to the dismissal of his injunctive relief claim because Defendant Velasco 25 continues to subject him to retaliation and he is likely to suffer future injury. In a separately filed 26 motion, Plaintiff seeks dismissal of the equitable relief claim without prejudice. 27 /// 28 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 The jurisdiction of the federal court is limited to actual cases or controversies. Summers v. 2 Earth Island Institute, 129 S.Ct. 1142, 1148 (2009); City of Los Angeles v. Lyons, 461 U.S. 95, 101, 3 103 S.Ct. 1660 (1983). This requires a plaintiff seeking injunctive relief to “show that he is under 4 threat of suffering an injury in fact that is concrete and particularized; the threat must be actual and 5 imminent, not conjectural or hypothetical; it must be fairly traceable to challenged conduct of the 6 defendant; and it must be likely that a favorable judicial decision will prevent or redress the injury.” 7 Summers, 129 S.Ct. at 1149 (internal quotations and citation omitted). 8 The possibility of future injury is insufficient to support a claim for injunctive relief. Winter 9 v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 129 S.Ct. 365, 375-76 (2008) (citation omitted); Lyons, 10 461 U.S. at 111 (citation omitted). Further, Plaintiff’s claim is precluded by 18 U.S.C. § 11 3626(a)(1)(A), which limits relief to only that which is necessary to correct the constitutional 12 violation. Given that the alleged violation occurred in 2004, section 3626(a)(1)(A) precludes 13 prospective relief. Plaintiff has an adequate remedy at law for damages, and his claim for equitable 14 relief shall be dismissed. Lyons, 461 U.S. at 113. 15 In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), this Court has conducted a 16 de novo review of this case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the Court finds the Findings 17 and Recommendations to be supported by the record and by proper analysis. Accordingly, IT IS 18 HEREBY ORDERED that: 19 1. The Findings and Recommendations, filed July 13, 2010, is adopted in full; 20 2. This action for damages shall proceed on Plaintiff’s second amended complaint, filed 21 June 10, 2009, against Defendants Velasco and Phillips for retaliation in violation of 22 the First Amendment; 23 3. 24 Plaintiff’s IIED claim and claim for equitable relief are dismissed, with prejudice, for failure to state a claim; 25 4. 26 /// 27 /// 28 This matter is referred back to the Magistrate Judge to initiate service of process; and /// 2 1 5. Plaintiff’s motions for service of the second amended complaint, filed July 27, 2010, 2 and August 16, 2010, and for dismissal of his non-cognizable claims, filed July 27, 3 2010, are denied as moot in light of this order. 4 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 7 Dated: 0m8i78 August 24, 2010 CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3