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Stewart v. Daniel

United States District Court, D. Nevada

May 2, 2017

E.K. DANIEL, et al, Defendants.




         I. SUMMARY

         Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb (ECF No. 21) (“R&R”) recommending the Court deny Plaintiff Demetrious Stewart's Motion for Preliminary Injunction (“Motion”) (ECF No. 17). Plaintiff filed an objection (“Objection”) (ECF No. 22) and Defendants filed a response (“Response”) (ECF No. 24). Plaintiff then filed a reply to the Response (“Reply”) (ECF No. 25). LR IB 3-2(a) provides that replies are permitted to be filed only with leave of court. Plaintiff did not seek leave of court to file his Reply. The Reply will be stricken.


         Following screening, the Court permitted Plaintiff to proceed on his single claim for Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference to a serious medical need based on allegations that he has been denied special shoes that are medically prescribed. (ECF No. 5.) Plaintiff alleges in the Complaint that he requires special shoes that meet his medical needs and that he has previously been permitted to order and wear these shoes that were either special ordered for him or sent in from a shoe company paid for by his family member. (ECF. No. 6 at 3-4.) Plaintiff alleges that on May 2, 2015, he received in the mail a pair of shoes ordered from an outside vendor, but he was told he could not have them without medical authorization and the medical authorization he provided was rejected as having been expired. (Id. at 4-5.) When Plaintiff provided the updated medical authorization, he was still denied the shoes and was directed to consult with Defendant Williams. (Id.) Plaintiff alleges that without these shoes, he suffers pain as he attempts to engage in day to day activities. (Id.)

         Plaintiff subsequently moved for preliminary injunctive relief, contending that Defendants “still refused to give him the shoes that was mailed to him from a shoe company.”[1] (ECF No. 17 at 5.) Plaintiff asks the Court to “order the defendants to permit plaintiff to have his shoes within one day of receipt of the court's order.” (Id. at 8.)


         Injunctive relief, whether temporary or permanent, is an “extraordinary remedy, never awarded as of right.” Winter v. Natural Res. Defense Council, 555 U.S. 7, 24 (2008). “A plaintiff seeking a preliminary injunction must establish that he is likely to succeed on the merits, that he is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief, that the balance of equities tips in his favor, and that an injunction is in the public interest.” Am. Trucking Ass'ns, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles, 559 F.3d 1046, 1052 (9th Cir. 2009) (quoting Winter, 555 U.S. at 20). Furthermore, under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), preliminary injunctive relief must be “narrowly drawn, ” must “extend no further than necessary to correct the harm, ” and must be “the least intrusive means necessary to correct the harm.” 18 U.S.C. § 3626(a)(2).

         This Court “may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Where a party timely objects to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation, then the court is required to “make a de novo determination of those portions of the [report and recommendation] to which objection is made.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). In light of Plaintiff's Objection, the Court has engaged in a de novo review to determine whether to adopt Magistrate Judge Cobb's recommendation to deny Plaintiff's Motion.


         The Magistrate Judge found that Plaintiff has been offered the procedures for obtaining shoes that satisfy Plaintiff's medical needs as in the past, Plaintiff has not demonstrated that the shoes provided in the past did not meet his medical needs, and Plaintiff insists that he be provided with the shoes ordered for him by his family from a vendor that NDOC has not authorized. (ECF No. 21 at 7-9.) Based on these findings, the Magistrate Judge recommends denying Plaintiff's Motion because Plaintiff fails to demonstrate likelihood of success on the merits or likelihood that he will suffer irreparable harm. The Court agrees and adopts the Magistrate Judge's findings and recommendation.

         In his Objection, Plaintiff argues that he did dispute that Chambers offered to go through the same procedures as in the past to order him shoes that met his medical needs because he alleges in his Complaint that Chambers told him he was no longer authorized to order shoes for health reasons.[2] (ECF No. 22 at 1.) Plaintiff asserts that he would have no reason to refuse Chambers' offer. (Id. at 2.) However, Plaintiff's Motion asks the Court to direct that he be given the shoes his family ordered for him from a vendor deemed unauthorized. (ECF No. 17.) Plaintiff's Motion does not ask that the Court direct Chambers to follow past procedures to order shoes that accommodate his medical condition as Defendants have done in the past. The request identified in Plaintiff's Objection-that Defendants “provide [Plaintiff] with shoes that meet [Plaintiff's] medical needs as determined by the doctor in the updated medical order dated December 2, 2015” (ECF No. 22 at 4)-is not the relief that Plaintiff seeks in his Motion.[3]Thus, as presented, the Court will deny Plaintiffs Motion.

         Plaintiffs Objection also argues that he did not have proper notice that packages sent to him must come from authorized vendors because the list of vendors are not found within AR 711.1. (ECF No. 22 at 2.) However, the Magistrate Judge correctly found that AR 711.1 provide sufficient notice that outside packages must come from authorized vendor. (ECF No. 21 at 7.) The absence of a ...

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