Jonathan Elliott Higgins v. Rodriguez et al
ORDER Granting Plaintiff's 11 Motion to Dismiss Payment of Court Filing Fee; ORDER Vacating Order Granting Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis and Order Directing Payment of Inmate Filing Fee by California Department of Corrections re 4 ; ORDER for Clerk to Serve Copy of this Order on Director of CDCR and Financial Department, signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 4/10/17. (Gonzalez, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
JONATHAN ELLIOTT HIGGINS,
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S
MOTION TO DISMISS PAYMENT OF
COURT FILING FEE
(ECF NO. 11)
LOUIS RODRIGUEZ, et al.,
ORDER VACATING ORDER
GRANTING APPLICATION TO
PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS
AND ORDER DIRECTING PAYMENT
OF INMATE FILING FEE BY
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF
(ECF NO. 4)
ORDER FOR CLERK TO SERVE
COPY OF THIS ORDER ON
DIRECTOR OF CDCR AND
This action was dismissed on September 15, 2016. (ECF No. 10). Prior to the action
being dismissed, Jonathan Higgins (“Plaintiff”) filed an application to proceed in forma
pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. (ECF No. 2). On June 15, 2016, the Court issued an order
granting Plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis and directing the California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”) to collect monthly payments from
Plaintiff’s inmate trust account until the filing fee is paid in full. (ECF No. 4).
On April 6, 2017, Plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss payment of Court filing fee. (ECF
No. 11). Plaintiff states that this case was a duplicate case. (Id.). Plaintiff requests that he not
be required to pay the filing fee for this case and a refund of any portion of the filing fee that he
has paid thus far. (Id.).
Plaintiff’s motion will be granted. Plaintiff notified the Court that a duplicate case was
filed (ECF No. 8), and this case was dismissed because it was duplicative of case 1:16-cv1
00804-DAD-SAB (ECF No. 10). However, according to the Court’s financial records, Plaintiff
has not made any payments towards the filing fee in this case. Accordingly, there is nothing to
refund to Plaintiff.
Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff’s motion to dismiss payment of Court filing fee is GRANTED;
2. Plaintiff does not have to pay the filing fee for this case;
3. The Court’s order granting Plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis
and its order directing payment of inmate filing fee by California Department of
Corrections are VACATED. The Director of the CDCR is DIRECTED to stop
deducting funds from Plaintiff’s prison trust account for payment of the filing
fee for this case; and
4. The Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of this order on:
a. The Director of the CDCR, via CM/ECF; and
b. The Financial Department, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of
California, Fresno Division.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
April 10, 2017
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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