(PS)Patterson v. Family Connection Christian Adoption et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 10/7/19 DENYING without prejudice 2 Motion to Proceed IFP. Within 21 days of this order, Plaintiff shall either resubmit her application to proceed in the district court without prepaying fees or costs, providing the full details sought by the affidavit form; or pay the applicable filing fee. (Kastilahn, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
LISA MARIE PATTERSON,
No. 2:19-cv-1750-KJM-KJN PS
ORDER DENYING IFP APPLICATION
(ECF No. 2)
FAMILY CONNECTION CHRISTIAN
ADOPTION, et at.,
Presently pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915.1 (ECF No. 2.) The court may authorize the
commencement of an action “without prepayment of fees or security therefor” by a person that is
unable to pay such fees or provide security therefor. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1). Absent this
authorization, a filing fee of $400.00 is required to commence a civil action in this court.
Here, the Court finds Plaintiff’s application incomplete. Plaintiff lists her gross wages as
$838.55, but does not specify her net wages, the source of her income, or––critically––whether
these gross wages are monthly, bi–monthly, weekly, or otherwise. If, for example, Plaintiff’s
gross wages were over $800 a week, this would amount to a yearly salary in excess of $40,000.
This case was referred to the undersigned pursuant to E.D. Cal. L.R. 302(c)(21).
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the poverty guideline
for a household of 1 person (as indicated by her IFP affidavit) not residing in Alaska or Hawaii is
$12,490.00 for 2019. See https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. Thus, if Plaintiff were living
alone and making $800 per week, her gross household income would be in excess of 300% of the
2019 poverty guidelines. Thus, Plaintiff’s incomplete affidavit leaves the Court unable to
accurately determine her level of income for purposes of her IFP application. Additionally,
Plaintiff lists “regular monthly expenses” of $300+ in “debt.” However, under line 8, Plaintiff
fails to provide any details of the debt owed, leaving her IFP application further deficient.
Because of these deficiencies, Plaintiff’s application must be denied.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 2) is DENIED WITHOUT
2. Within 21 days of this order, Plaintiff shall either:
a. Resubmit her application to proceed in the district court without prepaying fees
or costs, providing the full details sought by the affidavit form; or
b. Pay the applicable filing fee;
3. Failure to timely comply with this order, or timely request an extension of time to do
so, will result in dismissal of the action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: October 7, 2019
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