Hall v. Burnham, No. 2:2012cv00794 - Document 9 (D. Utah 2013)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM DECISION and ORDER DIRECTING SERVICE OF PROCESS, ANSWER AND/OR DISPOSITVE MOTION. Signed by Judge Ted Stewart on 4/30/2013. (kpf)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH JOSEPH HALL, MEMORANDUM DECISION & ORDER DIRECTING SERVICE OF PROCESS, ANSWER AND/OR DISPOSITIVE MOTION Plaintiff, v. Case No. 2:12-CV-794 TS DR. BRUCE BURNHAM et al., District Judge Ted Stewart Defendants. Plaintiff, Joseph Hall, an inmate at Central Utah Correctional Facility, filed this pro se civil rights suit. 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 (2013). forma pauperis. See Plaintiff was allowed to proceed in See 28 id. § 1915. Based on review of the Amended Complaint, the Court concludes that official service of process is warranted. The United States Marshals Service is directed to serve a properly issued summons and a copy of Plaintiff's Amended Complaint, along with this Order, upon the following individuals: Dr. Bruce Burnham Sharon Hansen, R.N. Once served, Defendants shall respond to the summons in one of the following ways: (A) If Defendants wish to assert the affirmative defense of Plaintiff's failure to exhaust administrative remedies in a grievance process, Defendants must, (i) file an answer, within twenty days of service; (ii) within ninety days of filing an answer, prepare and file a Martinez report limited to the exhaustion issue1; (iii) within ninety days of filing an answer, file a separate summary judgment motion, with a supporting memorandum; and (iv) within ninety days of filing an answer, submit a proposed order for dismissing the case based upon Plaintiff's failure to exhaust, in word processing format, to: utdecf_prisonerlitigationunit@utd.uscourts.gov. 1 See Martinez v. Aaron, 570 F.2d 317 (10th Cir. 1978) (approving district court s practice of ordering prison administration to prepare report to be included in pleadings in cases when prisoner has filed suit alleging constitutional violation against institution officials). In Gee v. Estes, 829 F.2d 1005 (10th Cir. 1987), the Tenth Circuit explained the nature and function of a Martinez report, saying: Under the Martinez procedure, the district judge or a United States magistrate [judge] to whom the matter has been referred will direct prison officials to respond in writing to the various allegations, supporting their response by affidavits and copies of internal disciplinary rules and reports. The purpose of the Martinez report is to ascertain whether there is a factual as well as a legal basis for the prisoner's claims. This, of course, will allow the court to dig beneath the conclusional allegations. These reports have proved useful to determine whether the case is so devoid of merit as to warrant dismissal without trial. Id. at 1007. 2 (B) If Defendants choose to challenge the bare allegations of the Complaint, Defendants shall, within twenty days of service, (i) file an answer; or (ii) file a motion to dismiss based on Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), and submit a proposed order for dismissing the case, in word processing format, to: utdecf_prisonerlitigationunit@utd.uscourts.gov. (C) If Defendants choose not to rely on the defense of failure to exhaust and wishes to pierce the allegations of the Complaint, Defendants must, (i) file an answer, within twenty days of service; (ii) within ninety days of filing an answer, prepare and file a Martinez report addressing the substance of the complaint; (iii) within ninety days of filing an answer, file a separate summary judgment motion, with a supporting memorandum; and (iv) within ninety days of filing an answer, submit a proposed order for dismissing the case based upon the summary judgment motion, in word processing format, to: utdecf_prisonerlitigationunit@utd.uscourts.gov. 3 Plaintiff is notified that if Defendants move for summary judgment Plaintiff cannot rest upon the mere allegations in the complaint. Instead, as required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(e), to survive a motion for summary judgment Plaintiff must allege specific facts, admissible in evidence, showing that there is a genuine issue remaining for trial. ORDER Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: (1) The United States Marshals Service shall serve a completed summons, a copy of the Amended Complaint, (Docket Entry # 8), and a copy of this Order upon the above-listed defendants. (2) Within twenty days of being served, Defendants must file an answer or motion to dismiss and proposed order, as outlined above. (3) If filing (on exhaustion or any other basis) a Martinez report with a summary judgment motion and proposed order, Defendants must do so within ninety days of filing their answer. (4) If served with a Martinez report and a summary judgment motion or motion to dismiss, Plaintiff may file a response within thirty days. 4 (5) Summary-judgment motion deadline is ninety days from filing of answer. DATED this 30th day of April, 2013. BY THE COURT: ______________________________ CHIEF JUDGE TED STEWART United States District Court 5