David E. OLSON; Absolute Environmental Services, Inc., an Alaska corporation for the use and benefit of David E. Olson, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Mark O'BRIEN, a resident of Alaska; James Cantor, a resident of Alaska; Richard Welsh, a resident of Alaska, Defendants-Appellees.
Decided: December 05, 2019
Before: TASHIMA, W. FLETCHER, and BERZON, Circuit Judges.
Terry Marston, Marston Legal, PLLC, Kirkland, WA, Mario Bird, Attorney, Ross, Miner & Bird, PC, Anchorage, AK, for Plaintiffs-Appellants Aisha Tinker Bray, Attorney, Fairbanks, AK, Katherine Demarest, Attorney, AGAK - Office of the Alaska Attorney General, Anchorage, AK, for Defendants-Appellees
Plaintiffs-Appellants appeal from the district court's order granting in a motion to dismiss some of Plaintiffs-Appellants’ claims, and a later order granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants-Appellees on their remaining claims. In its first order, the district court declined to dismiss Plaintiffs-Appellants’ claim that “Defendants violated Plaintiffs's procedural rights in the administrative proceedings” based on issue preclusion; held that there was issue preclusion with regard to whether Plaintiffs-Appellants suffered substantive harm due to Defendant-Appellee's actions; and dismissed Plaintiffs-Appellants’ state common law fraud claim for failure to plead with particularity. In its second order, the district court granted summary judgment against Plaintiffs-Appellants on all other claims. Among those claims was a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 that Defendants-Appellees had violated Plaintiffs-Appellants’ constitutional due process rights during proceedings before the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
Plaintiffs-Appellants appeal the district court's decision on their due process claim and their fraud claim. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291.
We review the district court's dismissal order and summary judgment order de novo. See, e.g., John Doe 1 v. Abbott Labs., 571 F.3d 930, 933 (9th Cir. 2009).
Plaintiffs-Appellants’ due process claim in their complaint is a claim under § 1983 for violation of constitutional due process. In its second order, the district court analyzed Plaintiffs-Appellants’ § 1983 due process claim and granted summary judgment for Defendants-Appellees on that claim. The district court's ruling encompassed the entirety of Plaintiffs-Appellants’ constitutional due process claim. To the degree it mentioned the Alaska courts’ holdings, it did so to explain that any factual error made in the administrative proceedings was harmless. The district court correctly granted summary judgment on that claim.
We disagree with the district court's decision to dismiss Plaintiffs-Appellants’ state common law fraud claims for failure to plead with particularity. However, we may “affirm the district court's dismissal on any ground supported by the record.” ASARCO, LLC v. Union Pac. R. Co., 765 F.3d 999, 1004 (9th Cir. 2014). Based on the facts alleged in the complaint, there was no fraud. Under the alleged facts, there was no false representation of fact, knowledge of the falsity of the representation, intention to induce reliance, justifiable reliance, or resulting damages. See Shehata v. Salvation Army, 225 P.3d 1106, 1114 (Alaska 2010).
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