Schramm v. Montage Health et al, No. 5:2017cv02757 - Document 49 (N.D. Cal. 2018)

Court Description: Order granting 40 motion to dismiss. Signed by Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd on 3/5/2018. (hrllc3S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/5/2018)
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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 KELLY SCHRAMM, Plaintiff, 8 MONTAGE HEALTH, et al., Re: Dkt. No. 40 Defendants. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California ORDER ON MOTION TO DISMISS SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT v. 9 10 Case No.17-cv-02757-HRL 12 Pro se plaintiff Kelly Schramm (“Schramm”) sues Community Hospital of the Monterey 13 14 Peninsula (“CHOMP”) for alleged violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active 15 Labor Act (“EMTALA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). CHOMP moves to 16 dismiss Schramm’s second amended complaint (“SAC”) for failure to state a claim upon which 17 relief can be granted. For the reasons explained below, the Court grants the motion. All parties have consented to magistrate judge jurisdiction. Dkt. Nos. 7, 19 18 19 I. BACKGROUND 20 A. 21 Schramm alleges roughly the same facts in her SAC as she did in her first amended 22 Factual Allegations complaint (“FAC”). 23 One morning in May 2015, Schramm awoke to the sound of police knocking on her door. 24 Dkt. No. 38 at 8. She was disoriented and distraught. She could not remember coming home the 25 previous night, and her neck and abdomen were in pain. Id. Schramm eventually regained her 26 composure and realized that a neighbor raped her the night before. Id. The police called for an 27 ambulance, which, over Schramm’s objections, drove her to CHOMP. Id. at 10. Schramm felt 28 that CHOMP had previously discriminated against her because of her bipolar disorder, and she 1 2 doubted she would receive adequate care there. Id. When Schramm arrived at CHOMP’s emergency room, she met first with a nurse named 3 Kelly Schmidt. Id. at 11. Schmidt wrote in her notes that Schramm had been raped, and she 4 observed scratches and bruises on Schramm’s left leg. Id. Throughout this initial interview, 5 though, Schramm felt like Schmidt was not taking the rape allegation seriously. Schmidt asked if 6 Schramm had been drinking and spoke in an “irritated and annoyed tone.” Id. Schramm, 7 suspecting that she had ingested some kind of date-rape drug, was especially frustrated that 8 Schmidt did not administer a toxicology test. Worse, Schmidt did not test for sextually 9 transmitted diseases or administer a rape kit, a set of instruments used to gather and preserve evidence of a sexual assault. Schramm was so upset that she refused to let Schmidt take her blood 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 pressure and requested the assistance of another nurse. Id. 12 Schramm eventually attempted to leave, hoping to receive care at another hospital, but 13 CHOMP staff restrained her. Id. at 14-15. Shackled and sedated, Schramm ended up staying at 14 CHOMP for three days and two nights. 15 Schramm alleges that, at some point during her stay, hospital staff formally detained her 16 under California Welfare and Institutions Code § 5150. That provision, part of the Lanterman- 17 Petris-Short Act (“LPS Act”) authorizes the temporary detention of persons who, as a result of a 18 mental health disorder, pose a danger to themselves or to others. Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 19 5150(a). Schramm insists that her behavior and mental state did not justify a § 5150 detention. 20 Schramm acknowledges that CHOMP staff attended to her during her stay at the hospital, 21 but she says they failed to adequately respond to her rape allegation. Schramm alleges that, at 22 some point while she was unconscious, Dr. Randeep Singh catheterized her to test for alcohol and 23 illegal drugs, without her consent. Id. at 20. She also says that she met with a psychiatrist, Dr. 24 Cynthia Hunt, but that the meeting took place two days after the assault. Id. at 21. Schramm 25 alleges that because CHOMP failed to administer a rape kit, she was unable to pursue criminal 26 charges against her attacker. Id. at 22. She frames CHOMP’s actions in terms of “diagnostic 27 overshadowing,” the idea that medical professionals sometimes under-treat mentally ill patients 28 due to bias. Id. at 13. 2 B. 1 Procedural Background Schramm filed her original complaint in May 2017, Dkt. No. 1, and then the FAC a few 2 3 months later, Dkt. No. 23. The FAC asserted federal and state law claims against eight 4 defendants, including individual CHOMP staff members and various corporate institutions 5 Schramm said were associated with the hospital. The defendants made a motion to dismiss under 6 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), which the Court granted. Dkt. No. 33. The Court 7 granted Schramm leave to amend her EMTALA claims as to the institutional defendants, but 8 dismissed the claims against the individuals without leave to amend. Id. at 4-7. As to the ADA, 9 the Court dismissed Schramm’s claims with leave to amend. Id. at 7-8. Finally, the Court declined to exercise jurisdiction over Schramm’s state law claims, at least until she adequately 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 pleaded a federal claim. Id. at 8 Scrahmm timely filed the SAC, Dkt. No. 38, which CHOMP moved to dismiss, Dkt. No. 12 13 40. The Court heard arguments from both sides at a hearing on January 23, 2018. 14 II. 15 LEGAL STANDARD Rule 8(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires a complaint to include “a 16 short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” A complaint 17 that fails to meet this standard may be dismissed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 18 12(b)(6). To survive a motion to dismiss, a complaint must allege “enough facts to state a claim to 19 relief that is plausible on its face.” Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007). In 20 considering a motion to dismiss, a court accepts all of the plaintiff’s factual allegations as true and 21 construes the pleadings in the light most favorable to the plaintiff. See Manzarek v. St. Paul Fire 22 & Marine Ins. Co., 519 F.3d 1025, 1031 (9th Cir. 2008). However, a court will not assume the 23 truth of legal conclusions, and must consider obvious alternative explanations for the defendant’s 24 behavior. See Eclectic Properties E., LLC v. Marcus & Millichap Co., 751 F.3d 990, 996 (9th Cir. 25 2014) (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 682). “Dismissal may also be based on the absence of a 26 cognizable legal theory.” Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Dep’t, 901 F.2d 696, 699 (9th Cir. 1990). 27 28 Separately, a court must liberally construe pleadings by litigants who represent themselves. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519 (1972). Dismissal of a pro se complaint without leave to 3 1 amend is proper only if it is “absolutely clear that no amendment can cure the defect.” Murphy v. 2 United States Postal Serv., C 14-02156-SI, 2014 WL 4437731, at *2 (N.D. Cal. 2014) (quoting 3 Hughes v. Rowe, 449 U.S. 5, 9-10 (1980)). 4 III. 5 6 7 8 9 DISCUSSION A. Preliminary Matters 1. CHOMP Is the Only Defendant The SAC appears to name eight defendants, but Schramm clarified at the January 23 hearing that she intends to proceed against only CHOMP, at least for now. The caption of the second amended complaint includes the names of five individuals, including doctors, nurses, and security personnel at the hospital. At the hearing, Schramm 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 explained that she did not mean to sue any of those people under EMTALA or the ADA – she 12 simply failed to delete their names from the caption. However, Schramm indicated that she might 13 want to pursue state law claims against those individuals. That would require further amendment 14 of the complaint, an issue the Court addresses in more detail below. 15 Additionally, in an attempt to sue CHOMP, Schramm named as defendants three 16 institutions: Montage Health, Community Hospital Endowments, and Monterey Bay Emergency 17 Physicians Medical Corporation. Schramm alleges that Montage Health and Community Hospital 18 Endowments recently merged to form CHOMP’s parent company, though CHOMP disputes this 19 characterization of its corporate structure. To date, the only institutional defendant to appear in 20 this case is CHOMP. At the hearing, Schramm explained that her ultimate goal is to sue CHOMP. 21 She agreed that the Court could treat CHOMP as the only defendant for the purpose of this 22 motion. When the Court asked, “So, as it presently stands in the second amended complaint, 23 you’re only suing CHOMP, right?” she replied, “Yes.” 24 25 26 27 28 Therefore, the Court will proceed to rule on this motion with the understanding that there are only two relevant parties, Schramm and CHOMP. 2. State Law Claims Schramm apparently misunderstood the implications of the Court’s earlier decision to decline jurisdiction over her state law claims. 4 As noted above, when the Court dismissed the federal claims in the FAC, it also declined 1 2 to exercise jurisdiction over Schramm’s state law claims unless and until she adequately pleaded a 3 federal cause of action. In the SAC, however, Schramm raised only federal claims. She wrote, 4 “Should [her] EMTALA and ADA claim[s] survive a motion to dismiss, [she] reserves the right to 5 re-assert her state claims and requests leave to amend the federal Complaint to include the state 6 law claims.” At the January 23 hearing, the Court explained that this was improper. Schramm could 7 8 have reasserted her state law claims in the SAC, but under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15, she 9 may not reserve the right to amend in the future. Accordingly, if Schramm wishes to further amend her complaint to reassert her state law 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 claims, she must either obtain written consent from CHOMP or permission from the Court. If and 12 when Schramm requests leave to amend, she must include with her request a copy of her proposed 13 amended complaint. 14 3. Schramm also impermissibly tried to add a new claim, this one for violation of her civil 15 16 17 Improper Amendment of the SAC rights. In the SAC, Schramm argued – in the middle of a discussion about diagnostic 18 overshadowing and § 5150 detention – that CHOMP and Monterey County have “such an 19 intertwined relationship” that the hospital is a “state actor[ ] under color of law.” Dkt. No. 38 at 20 17. Schramm amplified this idea in her opposition to CHOMP’s motion to dismiss, asserting for 21 the first time a claim for violation of her fourth and fourteenth amendment rights under 42 U.S.C. 22 § 1983. Dkt. No. 45 at 34. 23 Schramm’s efforts were improper in two respects. First, a plaintiff may not amend her 24 complaint by way of a brief in opposition to a motion to dismiss. See Schneider v. California 25 Dep't of Corr., 151 F.3d 1194, 1197 (9th Cir. 1998). Second, when the Court dismissed the FAC 26 with leave to amend, it did not give Schramm permission to raise entirely new claims in the SAC. 27 Therefore, even if the SAC’s passing allusion to civil rights law were adequate to raise a § 1983 28 claim (it is not), that claim would not properly be before the Court. 5 1 Accordingly, the Court will not consider Schramm’s § 1983 claim. As with the state law 2 claims discussed above, if Schramm wishes to assert a civil rights claim, she must request 3 permission from CHOMP or the Court. She must include with that request a copy of her proposed 4 amended complaint. 5 6 4. Motion Paper Page Limit Finally, Schramm’s opposition far exceeded the page limit set by the local rules. In doing 7 so, Schramm made new factual allegations, including new details about the nature of her sexual 8 assault. The Court denies CHOMP’s request to strike the last five pages of the opposition. 9 However, for the purpose of this motion, the Court is limited to considering the facts as pleaded in the SAC. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 B. 12 Schramm asserts two claims under EMTALA. First, she argues that CHOMP failed to EMTALA 13 perform an appropriate medical screening examination when she arrived at the emergency room. 14 Dkt. No. 38 at 23-26. Second, she argues that CHOMP discharged her without stabilizing her 15 emergency medical condition. Id. at 26-27 16 EMTALA prohibits a defined class of hospitals from “dumping” indigent patients, either 17 by refusing to care for such patients or by discharging them before their conditions stabilize. See 18 Eberhardt v. City of Los Angeles, 62 F.3d 1253, 1255 (9th Cir. 1995). To state a claim under 19 EMTALA, a plaintiff must allege that either (1) she requested examination or treatment from the 20 emergency department of a covered hospital, and that the hospital failed to conduct an 21 “appropriate medical screening . . . to determine whether or not an emergency medical condition . 22 . . exist[ed],” or (2) once the hospital determined that the plaintiff had an emergency medical 23 condition, the hospital improperly transferred the plaintiff before stabilizing her condition. See 42 24 U.S.C. §§ 1395dd(a), (b). Transfer is defined in EMTALA to include discharge and movement to 25 another facility. 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd(e)(4). Stabilization is defined as providing medical 26 treatment such that “no material deterioration of the condition is likely, within reasonable medical 27 probability, to result from or occur during the transfer of the individual from a facility . . . .” 42 28 U.S.C. § 1395dd(e)(3). 6 1 As to the screening requirement, EMTALA “does not define the term ‘appropriate medical 2 screening examination,’ other than to state that its purpose is to identify an ‘emergency medical 3 condition.’” Eberhardt, 62 F.3d at 1257 (citing 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd(e)(1)(A)). An emergency 4 medical condition is “a medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient 5 severity (including severe pain) such that the absence of immediate medical attention could 6 reasonably be expected to result in – (i) placing the health of the individual . . . in serious 7 jeopardy; (ii) serious impairment to bodily functions; or (iii) serious dysfunction of any bodily 8 organ or part.” 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd(e)(1)(A). Schramm claims that CHOMP violated EMTALA’s screening requirement when it “was 10 made aware of the rape but failed to take the medical complaint seriously and denied plaintiff an 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 9 appropriate medical screening rape exam . . . .” Dkt. No. 38 at 24. CHOMP says, however, that 12 Schramm cannot state a claim for relief under EMTALA because “sexual assault is not a medical 13 condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity.” Dkt. No. 40 at 8-9. 14 CHOMP cites to three EMTALA cases not involving rape to argue that rape is therefore excluded 15 from EMTALA’s definition of “emergency medical condition.” Id. at 9. Schramm, in her reply, 16 points out that at least one state court disagrees. See C.M. v. Tomball Reg'l Hosp., 961 S.W.2d 17 236, 241-42 (Tex. App. 1997) (plaintiff who was turned away from hospital after reporting a rape 18 could proceed with EMTALA screening claim). 19 The Court does not need to reach CHOMP’s argument that rape is not an “emergency 20 medical condition” under EMTALA because the Court is satisfied that Schramm adequately 21 pleaded that she arrived at CHOMP with a qualifying condition. The SAC alleges that Schramm 22 was gravely disoriented, in severe pain in her neck and abdomen, and that her leg was covered in 23 scratches and bruises, all in addition to having suffered a sexual assault. Dkt. No. 38 at 8-11. 24 Taking all of these issues together, it is reasonable to expect that if the hospital failed to treat her, 25 Schramm’s health would be in serious jeopardy. 26 Nevertheless, the Court will grant CHOMP’s motion to dismiss Schramm’s EMTALA 27 screening claim without leave to amend. EMTALA’s screening requirement is narrow. A hospital 28 need only conduct a screening that is reasonably designed to identify whether the patient is 7 1 suffering from an emergency medical condition. Even if a hospital negligently “fails to detect or . 2 . . misdiagnoses an emergency condition,” it does not violate EMTALA. See Bryan v.Adventist 3 Health Sys./W., 289 F.3d 1162, 1166 (9th Cir. 2002). At its core, EMTALA’s screening provision 4 forces hospitals to ask a simple question – “Is something wrong?” – and to go about answering 5 that question in a reasonable way. On the facts alleged here, CHOMP satisfied that requirement. 6 First, CHOMP staff identified something wrong with Schramm. That condition was so much of an 7 emergency that CHOMP forced Schramm to stay against her will. Second, Schramm 8 acknowledges that she was treated by multiple health professionals over the course of multiple 9 days at the hospital. Maybe CHOMP staff identified the wrong emergency, and maybe they did not adequately respond to Schramm’s rape allegation. But Congress passed EMTALA to prevent 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 hospitals from turning patients away; that did not happen in this case. 12 The Court also dismisses Schramm’s EMTALA stabilization claim without leave to 13 amend. EMTALA’s stabilization requirement is, like the screening requirement, narrow. 14 Hospitals need only provide care such that “no material deterioration of the condition is likely” to 15 result if the patient is discharged. See 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd(e)(3). In Bryant, the Ninth Circuit held 16 that EMTALA’s stabilization requirement “ends when an individual is admitted for inpatient 17 care.” 289 F.3d at 1168. Here, Schramm alleges that she stayed at CHOMP for three days and two 18 nights, during which time she was attended to by multiple doctors and nurses. Again, Schramm 19 may object to the kind of care she received, and such complaints may be actionable on other 20 grounds, but she cannot plausibly allege that CHOMP threw her out before at least attempting to 21 provide her with medical care. The Court is convinced that no amendment could cure the defects 22 with Schramm’s EMTALA claims, so they are dismissed without leave to amend. 23 C. 24 Schramm, who claims she is disabled due to bipolar disorder, raises three claims under the ADA 25 ADA. First, she argues that CHOMP unlawfully discriminated against her when it failed to take 26 her rape allegation seriously. Dkt. No. 38 at 27-29. Second, CHOMP discriminated by refusing to 27 allow her to decline treatment and leave the hospital. Id. at 29-30. Third, in the course of 28 restraining Schramm, CHOMP failed to make a reasonable accommodation for her disability. Id. 8 1 2 at 31- 32. “To prevail on a Title III discrimination claim, the plaintiff must show that: (1) she is 3 disabled within the meaning of the ADA; (2) the defendant is a private entity that owns, leases, or 4 operates a place of public accommodation; and (3) the plaintiff was denied public 5 accommodations by the defendant because of her disability." Molski v. M.J. Cable, Inc., 481 F.3d 6 724, 730 (9th Cir. 2007). Title III’s discrimination ban applies to hospitals. 42 U.S.C. § 7 12181(7)(F). Prohibited discrimination includes denying a disabled person the opportunity to 8 benefit from, or participate equally in, the services of a public accommodation. See 42 U.S.C. §§ 9 12182(B)(1)(A)(i), (ii). 10 As to Schramm’s first ADA claim – concerning the failure to treat the sexual assault – United States District Court Northern District of California 11 CHOMP does not dispute that Schramm is disabled or that the hospital is covered by the ADA’s 12 anti-discrimination provisions. CHOMP complains that Schramm failed to offer any cases 13 holding that a hospital can be liable for failing to perform a rape screening exam, Dkt. No. 40 at 14 14-15, but that does not resolve the matter one way or the other. CHOMP’s main argument is that 15 Schramm’s allegations are contradictory and implausible. This argument has significant force. 16 On the one hand, Schramm was at the hospital for multiple days, attended to by multiple hospital 17 staff members, and subject to a 5150 detention. Those allegations are inconsistent with the idea 18 that CHOMP denied Schramm treatment on the basis of her disability. If anything, they suggest 19 that CHOMP was actively treating and monitoring Schramm during a mental health episode. On 20 the other hand, Schramm says that she told hospital staff she had been raped, and that CHOMP 21 never administered a rape kit and never tested for sexually transmitted diseases. If true, that 22 strikes the Court as highly unusual. In other words, maybe she was not denied all hospital 23 services, but she was denied the particular service of treatment for an alleged sexual assault. 24 Schramm runs into more trouble with her other two ADA claims. Schramm asserts that 25 CHOMP discriminated against her by failing to respect her refusal to consent to treatment. 26 CHOMP responds that the LPS Act shields the hospital with immunity for placing Schramm in § 27 5150 detention. Under Welfare & Institutions Code § 5278, “Individuals authorized under this 28 part to detain a person . . . shall not be held either criminally or civilly liable for exercising this 9 authority in accordance with the law.” That last part is critical, as immunity only attaches if § 2 5150 authority is exercised lawfully, something Schramm disputes. See Rhodes v. Placer Cty., 3 No. 2:09-CV-00489 MCE, 2011 WL 1302264, at *11–12 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2011), adopted by 4 No. 2:09-CV-00489-MCE, 2011 WL 1739963 (E.D. Cal. May 4, 2011) (declining to grant motion 5 to dismiss based on defendants’ claimed statutory immunity where court could not determine 6 lawfulness of § 5150 detention on the pleadings). CHOMP makes a more compelling argument, 7 however, in its reply brief, where it suggests that allowing Schramm to proceed with this claim is 8 fundamentally inconsistent with the LPS Act. “If that were true [that CHOMP discriminated by 9 blocking Schramm’s attempted exit], then every single patient that attempts to leave a health care 10 facility . . . and is placed on a 5150 hold, would have a valid and cognizable claim under the ADA 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 1 . . . .” Dkt. No. 47 at 6-7. 12 The point is well taken. Normally, treating a patient without her consent is battery. 13 Indeed, in the constitutional law context, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that mentally ill 14 prisoners have a liberty interest in avoiding the unwanted administration of antipsychotic drugs. 15 See Washington v. Harper, 494 U.S. 210, 221-22 (1990). But it cannot be that a § 5150 detention 16 gives rise to a claim for mental disability discrimination. For one thing, as CHOMP points out, 17 that would undermine the LPS Act’s immunity provision. LPS Act immunity is not absolute, but 18 it “extends to claims based on facts that are inherent in an involuntary detention that is undertaken 19 pursuant to section 5150.” Brumfield v. Munoz, No. 08 CV 0958 WQH NLS, 2008 WL 4748176, 20 at *4 (S.D. Cal. 2008) (quoting Jacobs v. Grossmont Hospital, 108 Cal. App. 4th 69, 78-79 21 (2003)). Here, Schramm’s first ADA claim is about exclusion from hospital services, but her 22 second and third claims are ultimately about her objection to the § 5150 detention itself. The LPS 23 Act presupposes that disabled persons might be treated differently from the non-disabled, but that 24 is not the kind of discrimination the ADA is meant to address. Cf. 28 U.S.C. § 12182(b)(3) 25 (carving out a public safety exception from Title III’s non-discrimination provisions). 26 The Court is also satisfied that Schramm’s third ADA claim – for failure to make a 27 reasonable accommodation – simply does not make sense. If Schramm is challenging the fact that 28 she was detained under § 5150, that is an argument against the lawfulness of the detention. The 10 1 same is true if Schramm is challenging the way she was detained (e.g., that CHOMP used 2 excessive force). A § 5150 detention necessarily involves the use of some force; there is just no 3 way around it. There is, however, a more fundamental problem with all of Schramm’s ADA claims – 4 standing. Neither side addressed the issue in their motion papers, but a court may raise standing 6 issues sua sponte. See Carrico v. City & Cty. of San Francisco, 656 F.3d 1002, 1005 (9th Cir. 7 2011) (citation omitted). Title III provides a private right of action for victims of discrimination, 8 but the only remedy available to aggrieved individuals is injunctive relief. To establish standing 9 to pursue injunctive relief, a plaintiff must “demonstrate a real and immediate threat of repeated 10 injury in the future.” Chapman v. Pier 1 Imports (U.S.) Inc., 631 F.3d 939, 946 (9th Cir. 2011) 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 5 (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). Past wrongs may be evidence of the risk of 12 repeated injury, but past wrongs in themselves are insufficient to establish standing. See Fortyune 13 v. Am. Multi-Cinema, Inc., 364 F.3d 1075, 1081 (9th Cir. 2004) (citing Cty. Of Los Angeles v. 14 Lyons, 461 U.S. 95, 111 (1983) and O’Shea v. Littleton, 414 U.S. 488, 496 (1974)). Nothing in 15 the second amended complaint suggests that Schramm is at risk of repeated injury in the future 16 from CHOMP. To the contrary, Schramm was adamant that she not be taken to CHOMP in May 17 2015. There is no reason to believe she would go back of her own accord, and her past injury is 18 not sufficient to establish standing. So, the Court dismisses Schramm’s second and third ADA claims – for failure to let her 19 20 decline treatment and failure to make a reasonable accommodation – without leave to amend. As 21 to the first claim – for failure to treat Schramm’s alleged sexual assault – the Court dismisses the 22 claim with leave to amend. Even if the SAC includes enough facts to suggest a plausible 23 connection between Schramm’s disability and CHOMP’s failure to treat her for rape, the 24 complaint fails to establish standing. Therefore, if Schramm wishes to further amend her 25 complaint, she must explain why she has standing to sue under the ADA. 26 IV. 27 28 CONCLUSION For the reasons explained above, the Court rules as follows. Schramm’s EMTALA claims are all dismissed without leave to amend. All but the first of Schramm’s ADA claims (the claim 11 1 concerning CHOMP’s alleged failure to attend to the sexual assault) are also dismissed without 2 leave to amend. If Schramm wishes to further amend her complaint to re-assert the first ADA 3 claim, she must explain why she has standing. Furthermore, if Schramm wishes to amend her 4 complaint to include state law claims, civil rights claims, or anything else not included in the SAC, 5 she must either obtain CHOMP’s written consent or permission from the Court. She must include 6 with any such request a copy of her proposed amended complaint. Schramm should also be 7 careful in describing who she wishes to sue, and which claims correspond to which defendants. 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 If Schramm wishes to amend her complaint but does not intend to add new claims or defendants (i.e., she re-asserts only the first ADA claim), she must file the amended complaint within thirty days (i.e., by April 4, 2018). If, however, Schramm wishes to add new claims and/or defendants (e.g., state law claims, 12 civil rights claims, individual defendants, etc.), she must file a motion with the Court seeking 13 leave to amend by April 4. She must include with that motion a copy of the proposed amended 14 complaint. Alternatively, she may seek the defendants’ written consent to her amendments. That 15 written consent, along with the consented-to complaint, must be filed by April 4. 16 Finally, the Court strongly encourages Schramm to continue to seek out the assistance of 17 the Federal Pro Se Program. Appointments can be made by calling (408) 297-1480, or by going to 18 Room 2070 of the San Jose federal courthouse, 280 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. More 19 information is available at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/helpcentersj. 20 21 22 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 5, 2018 23 24 HOWARD R. LLOYD United States Magistrate Judge 25 26 27 28 12