The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Michael A. Telesca United States District Judge
Pro se plaintiff John Hogan ("Hogan" or "Plaintiff"), an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility, commenced this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In his Complaint, Hogan alleged for his first claim that Commissioner Fisher unlawfully allowed him to be transferred to Attica from Clinton Correctional Facility. In the remaining claims (two through sixteen), Hogan alleged that the other defendants, who hold administrative and staff positions at Attica, committed various constitutional violations against him. On initial screening, the Court (Siragusa, D.J.) dismissed the first claim for failing set forth a cognizable constitutional claim, and dismissed Commissioner Fischer as a defendant.
The Court also dismissed the claims brought against Superintendent Conway and Deputy Superintendent of Security ("DSS") Chappius in their official capacities. See Dkt #4. The remaining claims were allowed to proceed.
The parties exchanged written discovery over the next three years. Presently pending are Plaintiff's Motion to Strike Respondent's Answer (Dkt #11), filed on 23, 2009; Plaintiff's Motion for Default Judgment (Dkt #59), filed March 18, 2010; Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt #60), filed April 20, 2010; Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (Dkt #61), filed May 3, 2010; Plaintiff's Motion to Allow Reply (Dkt #72), Motion to Strike (Dkt #73), Motion for Time (Dkt #74), all filed August 26, 2010; and Plaintiff's Motion to Compel (Dkt #102), filed May 7, 2012.
For the reasons that follow, Defendants' Motion to Dismiss is granted. Plaintiff's pending motions are denied as moot in light of this disposition.
Plaintiff was transferred from Sullivan Correctional Facility in June 2007, to Attica, allegedly in retaliation for being a "writer" (an inmate who files many grievances) and "doing his job" on the Inmate Liaison Committee. Dkt #1 at 7.*fn1 Upon arrival at Attica, Plaintiff states, he was "tagged as a 'writer'" as well as a "rapo'" because he is a convicted sex offender. Id. According to Plaintiff, two weeks after his arrival, staff at Attica began a campaign of harassment and retaliation, leading him to file numerous grievances and ultimately this lawsuit.
Plaintiff's supporting allegations cover a number of disparate topics. To avoid unnecessary repetition, the facts pertinent to the alleged constitutional violations will be set forth below in the sections addressing Plaintiff's specific claims.
III. General Legal Principles
In order to state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the plaintiff must establish the following elements: (1) conduct attributable at least in part to a person acting under color of state law, and (2) deprivation, as the result of the challenged conduct, of a right, privilege, or immunity secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Dwares v. City of New York, 985 F.2d 94, 98 (2d Cir.1993).
B. Motions to Dismiss Under F.R.C.P. 12(b)(6) & 12(c)
Defendants cite both Rule 12(b)(6) and Rule 12(c) in support of their motion to dismiss. Because Defendants have filed an Answer to the Complaint, it appears that this motion is more appropriately made pursuant to Rule 12(c). The Court need not decide the issue because in deciding a Rule 12(c) motion, the same standard as that applicable to a motion under ...