Monte et al v. Lodi et al
ORDER and FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes on 3/7/17 ORDERING that Plaintiffs Phil Monte's and Patricia Monte's motions to proceed in forma pauperis [3,4] are GRANTED. It is RECOMMENDED that Plaintif f Anthony Monte's motion to proceed in forma pauperis 2 be denied and he be directed to pay the applicable filing fee within 30 days of the date of any order adopting these findings and recommendations. Matter REFERRED to Judge Morrison C. England, Jr.. Within 14 days after being served with these findings and recommendations, plaintiffs may file written objections with the court. (Kastilahn, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ANTHONY MONTE, et al.,
No. 2:17-cv-0411 MCE DB
ORDER AND FINDINGS AND
CITY OF LODI, et al.,
Plaintiffs Anthony Monte, Phil Monte, and Patricia Monte, proceeding through counsel,
commenced this action on February 23, 2017, by filing a complaint and requests to proceed in
forma pauperis. (ECF Nos. 1-4.) On March 1, 2017, the assigned District Judge referred to the
undersigned the resolution of plaintiffs’ motions to proceed in forma pauperis. (ECF No. 5.)
Pursuant to federal statute, a filing fee of $350.00 is required to commence a civil action
in federal district court. 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). In addition, a $50.00 general administrative fee for
civil cases must also be paid. 28 U.S.C. § 1914(b). The court may authorize the commencement
of an action “without prepayment of fees . . . by a person who submits an affidavit” showing that
he or she is unable to pay such fees. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).
Here, the in forma pauperis applications filed by plaintiffs Phil Monte and Patricia Monte
make the showing required by the statute. However, the application of plaintiff Anthony Monte
reflects that he earns $1,700 per month, has $300 in a checking or savings account, and has only
$662 in regular monthly expense. (ECF No. 2 at 1-2.)
In light of plaintiff Anthony Monte’s stated financial situation, the undersigned finds that
he has failed to show that he is unable to pay the filing fees. Thus, plaintiff Anthony Monte has
made an inadequate showing of indigency. See Olivares v. Marshall, 59 F.3d 109, 111 (9th Cir.
1995) (“Requiring the payment of fees according to a plaintiff’s ability to pay serves the dual
aims of defraying some of the judicial costs of litigation and screening out frivolous claims.”).
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff Phil Monte’s February 23, 2017 motion to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF
No. 3) is granted; and
2. Plaintiff Patricia Monte’s February 23, 2017 motion to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF
No. 4) is granted.
Also, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that plaintiff Anthony Monte’s February 23,
2017 motion to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 2) be denied and he be directed to pay the
applicable filing fee within 30 days of the date of any order adopting these findings and
These findings and recommendations will be submitted to the United States District Judge
assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen days
after being served with these findings and recommendations, plaintiffs may file written objections
with the court. A document containing objections should be titled “Objections to Magistrate
Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” Plaintiffs are advised that failure to file objections
within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court’s order. See Martinez
v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991).
Dated: March 7, 2017
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