Case No. 1:15-cv-00715-BAM (PC).

SCOTT K. RICKS, Plaintiff, v. C. KAMENA, et al., Defendants.

United States District Court, E.D. California.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Cause: 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Prisoner Civil Rights
Nature of Suit: 550 Prisoner: Civil Rights
Source: PACER

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Scott K. Ricks, Plaintiff, Pro Se.

C. Kamena, Defendant, represented by Derrek J. Lee , Office of the Attorney General.


(ECF No. 24)

BARBARA A. McAULIFFE, Magistrate Judge.

Plaintiff Scott K. Ricks ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action proceeds on Plaintiff's claims under the Eighth Amendment against Defendant Kamena for the failure to protect him from his cellmate's attack as he was attacked on January 13, 2014, and for deliberate indifference to his serious medical need from the attack. (ECF No. 18.)

On February 24, 2017, Plaintiff filed the instant motion to amend the complaint only as follows: "I would like compensatory damages in the amount of $500,000.00, against each defendant, jointly and severally," and, "I would like punitive damages in the amount of $500,000.00, against each defendant." (ECF No. 24, p. 2.) Defendant Kamena has not filed an opposition or statement of non-opposition, and the time to file a response has passed. Local Rule 230(1). Furthermore, pursuant to the Court's Discovery and Scheduling Order, Plaintiff is within the time to file an amended pleading. (ECF No. 23, p. 1.)

Accordingly, Plaintiff's request for leave to file an amended complaint, limited to the revision of his damages claim, is GRANTED. Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2). Plaintiff may only revise his damages claim, and may not amend his complaint to add new claims, allegations, or defendants. Plaintiff is also advised of the general rule that an amended complaint supersedes the original complaint. Lacey v. Maricopa Cty., 693 F.3d 896, 927 (9th Cir. 2012) (en banc). Therefore, Plaintiff's amended complaint must be "complete in itself without reference to the prior or superseded pleading." Local Rule 220.

Plaintiff's first amended complaint shall be filed within thirty (30) days following service of this order. Defendant is directed to file a responsive pleading within fourteen (14) days after service of the amended complaint. Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(3).



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