(PS) Noeldner v. United States Government et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes on 10/4/19 ORDERING that within twenty-one days of the date of this order plaintiffs shall submit an amended complaint signed by all plaintiffs named in the amended complaint and within twenty-one days of the date of this order each plaintiff named in the amended complaint shall file a motion to proceed in forma pauperis or plaintiffs shall pay the applicable filing fee. (Kaminski, H)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
JONATHAN LYNN NOELDNER,
ANGELA TEARLE NOELDNER,
No. 2:19-cv-0775 KJM DB PS
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, et
Plaintiffs Jonathan Noeldner and Angela Noeldner are proceeding in this action pro se.
This matter was referred to the undersigned in accordance with Local Rule 302(c)(21) and 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). On May 2, 2019, plaintiffs filed a complaint and plaintiff Jonathan Noeldner
filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. (ECF Nos. 1 & 2.) Plaintiffs’ complaint alleges that
the defendants are responsible for a forest fire that damaged plaintiffs’ property.
Plaintiffs’ complaint, however, is signed only by plaintiff Jonathan Noeldner. (Compl.
(ECF No. 1) at 5.) Plaintiffs are advised that the right to represent oneself pro se is personal and
does not extend to other parties. Simon v. Hartford Life, Inc., 546 F.3d 661, 664 (9th Cir. 2008);
see also Russell v. United States, 308 F.2d 78, 79 (9th Cir. 1962) (“A litigant appearing in propria
persona has no authority to represent anyone other than himself.”). Moreover, a non-attorney
“has no authority to appear as an attorney for others than himself.” C.E. Pope Equity Trust v.
U.S., 818 F.2d 696, 697 (9th Cir. 1987). Individuals who are representing themselves in this
court may not delegate the litigation of their claims to any other individual. Local Rule 183(a).
In this regard, the name, address, and telephone number of each party must be included in the
upper left-hand corner of each document presented for filing and each plaintiff must sign each
document they file. Local Rule 131(a) and (b); Fed. R. Civ. P. 11.
Moreover, only plaintiff Jonathan Noeldner has filed an application to procced in forma
pauperis. Each plaintiff seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis must submit a separate
application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Filing fees must be paid unless each plaintiff
applies for and is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Within twenty-one days of the date of this order plaintiffs shall submit an amended
complaint signed by all plaintiffs named in the amended complaint; and
2. Within twenty-one days of the date of this order each plaintiff named in the amended
complaint shall file a motion to proceed in forma pauperis or plaintiffs shall pay the applicable
DATED: October 4, 2019
/s/ DEBORAH BARNES
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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