Stewart v. Jones et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison on 9/16/13 ORDERING that plaintiffs motion for refund 6 is DENIED; and plaintiffs motion for leave to file an amended complaint 7 is DENIED as unnecessary.(Dillon, M)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RALPH EDWARD STEWART,
SCOTT JONES, et al.,
Plaintiff, a prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights action pursuant to
42 U.S.C. § 1983. Pending before the court is plaintiff’s motion for a refund of over payment
(Doc. 6), and a motion to file an amended complaint (Doc. 7).
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(1), a party may amend his
pleading once as a matter of right at any time before being served with a responsive pleading. A
review of the docket reflects that no responsive pleading has been served. Therefore, plaintiff’s
motion will be denied as unnecessary. This action shall now proceed on the amended complaint,
which supercedes the prior complaint. The amended complaint will be addressed by separate
As to plaintiff’s request for a refund, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1) requires the court to
collect an initial partial filing fee in the amount of 20 percent of the greater of the average
monthly deposits or the average monthly balance in the prisoner’s trust account. After the initial
partial filing fee, then monthly payments are required each time the amount in the account
exceeds $10.00. According to the trust account statement plaintiff submitted with his application
to proceed in forma pauperis, plaintiff had a balance of $206.23, with deposits equaling
approximately $700.00 between July and December 2011. For that five month period, the
average monthly deposit would equal approximately $140.00 per month. Thus, 20 percent of
$140 would equal $28.00. Plaintiff complains that the institution deducted $17.45 from his
account. This amount is less than the court calculates would have been the appropriate initial
partial filing fee. Thus, no overpayment was made, and no refund necessary.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s motion for refund (Doc. 6) is denied; and
Plaintiff’s motion for leave to file an amended complaint (Doc. 7) is
denied as unnecessary.
DATED: September 16, 2013
CRAIG M. KELLISON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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