Adams v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
ORDER denying 5 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis and 3 Motion for Service. Plaintiff is directed to tender the filing fee on or before 1/14/11. Should he fail to comply within the required period of time, his complaint will become subject to summary dismissal for failure to obey a court order. Signed by Honorable James R. Marschewski on December 14, 2010. (lw)
-JRM Adams v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS FORT SMITH DIVISION
CARLETUS ADAMS v. CIVIL NO. 10-2188
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner Social Security Administration
ORDER On December 7, 2010, Plaintiff submitted a complaint for filing in this district, together with a request for leave to proceed in forma pauperis ("IFP"). ECF Nos. 1, 3. On December 9, 2010, an order was issued directing Plaintiff to provide more information on his IFP application. ECF No. 4. Pursuant to the order, he submitted an amended IFP application on December 13, 2010. ECF No. 5. The purpose of 28 U.S.C. § 1915 is to ensure that indigent litigants have an entre, not a barrier, to the federal courts. In re Williamson, 786 F.2d 1336, 1338 (8th Cir. 1986) (quoting Souder v. McGuire, 516 F.2d 820, 823 (3rd Cir. 1975)). Although a claimant need not be "completely destitute" to take advantage of the IFP statute, he or she must show that paying the filing fee would result in an undue financial hardship. Williamson, 786 F.2d at 1338. Plaintiff's amended IFP application indicates that he receives approximately $2,774 in VA benefits on a monthly basis, which amounts to $33,288 per year. Pl.'s Am. IFP 2. Plaintiff pays $468 in child support per month and rents a townhouse for $515 per month. Id. He has no legal dependents, but lives with his girlfriend and her three children. Id. After Plaintiff's listed expenses are deducted, he receives approximately $21,612 per year. Id.
AO72A (Rev. 8/82)
We find that Plaintiff's yearly income of $21,612 provides more than enough support to enable him to pay the $350 filing fee. Furthermore, he has not shown that paying the filing fee would create an undue financial hardship. For these reasons, Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed IFP is denied. Plaintiff is directed to tender the filing fee on or before January 14, 2011. Should he fail to comply within the required period of time, his complaint will become subject to summary dismissal for failure to obey a court order. IT IS SO ORDERED this 14th day of December 2010.
/s/ J. Marschewski
HON. JAMES R. MARSCHEWSKI CHIEF U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
AO72A (Rev. 8/82)
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