Zapata v. Kunkel et al
ORDER Requiring Plaintiff to File Long Form Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 10/24/17. Motion for IFP Due Within Twenty-One Days. (Attachments: # 1 Application for IFP)(Gonzalez, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:17-cv-1319 LJO-BAM
ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO FILE
LONG FORM APPLICATION TO PROCEED
IN FORMA PAUPERIS
JOHN KUNKEL, TONI JONES, KEN
MOORE, and FERNANDO CHAVEZ,
TWENTY-ONE DAY DEADLINE
Plaintiff Domingo Zapata, appearing pro se, filed this civil action on October 5, 2017.
(ECF No. 1.) Plaintiff did not pay the filing fee in this action and instead filed an application to
proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915.
(ECF No. 3.)
Upon review of
Plaintiff’s application, it is not clear that Plaintiff meets the requirements in 28 U.S.C. § 1915.
Under section 1915(a), the Court “may authorize the commencement . . . of any suit . . .
without prepayment of fees or security therefor, by a person who submits an affidavit that
includes a statement of all assets such [person] . . . possesses that the person is unable to pay such
fees or give security therefor.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). A plaintiff “need not be absolutely destitute
to obtain benefits of the in forma pauperis statute. But a plaintiff seeking IFP status must allege
poverty with some particularity, definiteness and certainty.” Escobedo v. Applebees, 787 F.3d
1226, 1234 (9th Cir. 2015) (quotations and citations omitted).
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the 2017 poverty guideline
for a four-person household is $24,600. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Poverty
Guidelines, https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines (last visited October 23, 2017); Annual
Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines, 81 Fed. Reg. 4036 (August 31, 2017). In this case,
Plaintiff, the head of household for his three dependent children, reported that he receives at least
$2,880 per month from his long term disability which translates to an annual income of $34,560.
Under a four-person household, Plaintiff’s income level is therefore $9,960 above the poverty
guideline. Without sufficient detail, Plaintiff, however also lists his monthly expenses at $2,890
including ($1,450 in rent, $700 in utilities, $120 insurance, $300-$400 in groceries, and $220 for
a “medical insurance dependent”).
threshold; his monthly expenses arguably approximate his monthly income. In order to determine
whether Plaintiff meets the IFP requirements, more specificity is needed to determine the nature
of Plaintiff’s expenses. Therefore, the Court will order Plaintiff to complete and file an
Application to Proceed in District Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs (Long Form) – AO
239. If Plaintiff is unwilling to complete and submit the long form application, Plaintiff must pay
the filing fee in full.
While Plaintiff’s monthly income exceeds the indigence
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
(Long Form) to Plaintiff;
Within twenty-one (21) days of the date of this order, Plaintiff shall either (1) pay
the $400.00 filing fee for this action, or (2) file an application to proceed in forma
pauperis without prepayment of the fee; and
The Clerk of the Court is directed to forward an in forma pauperis application
If Plaintiff fails to comply with this order, this action shall be dismissed.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 24, 2017
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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