618 Fed.Appx. 882 (9th Cir. 2015), 13-55946, Heath v. City of Desert Hot Springs

Docket Nº:13-55946
Citation:618 Fed.Appx. 882
Party Name:DOMINIC HEATH, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath and KENDALL JOHNSON, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath, Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS; et al., Defendants - Appellees
Attorney:For DOMINIC HEATH, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath, KENDALL JOHNSON, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath, Plaintiffs - Appellants: Jerry Lawrence Steering, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Jerry L. Steering, Newport Beach, CA. For CITY OF DESER...
Judge Panel:Before: THOMAS, Chief Judge, CALLAHAN, Circuit Judge and KORMAN,[**] Senior District Judge.
Case Date:June 29, 2015
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
 
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618 Fed.Appx. 882 (9th Cir. 2015)

DOMINIC HEATH, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath and KENDALL JOHNSON, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath, Plaintiffs - Appellants,

v.

CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS; et al., Defendants - Appellees

No. 13-55946

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

June 29, 2015

Argued and Submitted: June 1, 2015, Pasadena, California.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION. (See Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure Rule 32.1)

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California. D.C. No. 2:12-cv-02318-PSG-OP. Philip S. Gutierrez, District Judge, Presiding.

REVERSED AND REMANDED.

For DOMINIC HEATH, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath, KENDALL JOHNSON, guardian ad litem, personal representative for Andrea Heath, Plaintiffs - Appellants: Jerry Lawrence Steering, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Jerry L. Steering, Newport Beach, CA.

For CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS, PATRICK WILLIAMS, EDWIN SMITH, KATE SINGER, JASON SIMPSON, RICK DANIELS, GABRIELLA MENDOZA, GUSTAVO PAIZ, Defendants - Appellees: Laura J. Kalty, Esquire, Attorney, LIEBERT CASSIDY WHITMORE APC, Los Angeles, CA.

For ANTHONY SCLAFANI, PAUL TAPIA, Defendants - Appellees: Gregory A. Wedner, Attorney, Lozano Smith, Petaluma, CA; Sloan R. Simmons, Attorney, Lozano Smith, LLP, Sacramento, CA.

Before: THOMAS, Chief Judge, CALLAHAN, Circuit Judge and KORMAN,[**] Senior District Judge.

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MEMORANDUM[*]

Dominic Heath and Kendall Johnson, guardians ad litem for minor J.M.J., appeal the district court's dismissal of an action brought by J.M.J's predecessor in

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interest, Andrea Heath. Heath, a police officer with the City of Desert Hot Springs, brought a § 1983 claim and state law claims alleging that Defendants retaliated against her for exercising her First Amendment free speech and petition rights. We reverse and remand. Because the parties are familiar with the history of this case, we need not recount it here.

We review a district court's dismissal of a complaint for failure to state a claim under Rule 12(b)(6) de novo. Knievel v. ESPN, 393 F.3d 1068, 1072 (9th Cir. 2005). In undertaking this review, we " accept all factual allegations of the complaint as true and draw all reasonable inferences in favor of the nonmoving party." Pub. Lands for the People, Inc. v. U.S. Dep't of Agric., 697 F.3d 1192, 1196 (9th Cir. 2012) (internal quotation marks omitted). " Dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6) is inappropriate unless [the plaintiff's] complaint fails to 'state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.'" Dahlia v. Rodriguez, 735 F.3d 1060, 1066 (9th Cir. 2013) (en banc) (quoting Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570, 127 S.Ct. 1955, 167 L.Ed.2d 929 (2007)). We review a district court's decision to decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over state law claims after all federal claims were dismissed for abuse of discretion. Costanich v. Dep't of Soc. & Health Servs., 627 F.3d 1101, 1107 (9th Cir. 2010).

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The district court erred in...

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