Morales v. Horel et al

Filing 73

ORDER REVOKING PLAINTIFF'S IN FORMA PAUPERIS STATUS. Signed by Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton on 2/15/13. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service)(nah, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/15/2013)

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 OAKLAND DIVISION 6 7 JOSE LUIS MORALES, Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 No. C 08-4441 PJH (PR) ROBERT HOREL; MAUREEN McLEAN; J. WOLF; SUE RISENHOOVER; JOSEPH KRAVITZ; DR.GREGORY DUNCAN; DR. J. FRATKIN; DR. DONALD POMPAN; R. PIMENTEL; and Does 1-4, ORDER REVOKING PLAINTIFF’S IN FORMA PAUPERIS STATUS 13 Defendants. 14 / 15 This is a civil rights case filed pro se by a state prisoner that was closed on March 16 26, 2010, when the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment. The court 17 has previously denied plaintiff’s motion to alter or amend the judgment and a motion for 18 reconsideration. Plaintiff appealed and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth 19 Circuit affirmed the court’s grant of summary judgment. 20 Plaintiff recently filed a second motion for reconsideration stating that he did not 21 receive proper notification of the standards of summary judgment in light of Woods v. 22 Carey, 684 F.3d 934, 940-41 (9th Cir. 2012) (notice of requirements to defeat 23 summary judgment must be given at the time motion for summary judgment is filed, 24 not earlier). Woods was decided on July 6, 2012, and stated it applied in all pending and 25 future cases. Id. at 941. Plaintiff’s case was closed on March 26, 2010, therefore Woods 26 was not applicable and plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration was denied. 27 /// 28 /// 1 Plaintiff has filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit regarding this court’s denial of his 2 second motion for reconsideration about the Woods notice. The Ninth Circuit has referred 3 the case back to this court for the limited purpose of determining whether plaintiff’s in forma 4 pauperis status should continue or whether the appeal is frivolous or taken in bad faith. 5 An indigent party who cannot afford the expense of pursuing an appeal may file a 6 motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Fed. R. App. P. 24(a); 28 U.S.C. § 7 1915(a)(1). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24(a), “a party to a 8 district-court action who desires to appeal in forma pauperis must file a motion in the district 9 court.” The party must attach an affidavit that (1) shows in detail “the party's inability to pay or give security for fees and costs,” (2) “claims an entitlement to redress,” and (3) “states 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 the issues that the party intends to present on appeal.” Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(1). However, 12 even if a party provides proof of indigence, “an appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis 13 if the trial court certifies in writing that it is not taken in good faith.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). 14 An appeal is in “good faith” where it seeks review of any issue that is “non-frivolous.” 15 Hooker v. American Airlines, 302 F.3d 1091, 1092 (9th Cir. 2002). An issue is “frivolous” if 16 it has “no arguable basis in fact or law.” See O'Loughlin v. Doe, 920 F.2d 614, 617 (9th Cir. 17 1990). 18 In this case, it is clear that plaintiff was not required to receive a Woods notice, as 19 his case was closed two years prior to Woods, and Woods only involved currently pending 20 and future cases. Therefore, plaintiff’s appeal of this court’s denial of his motion for 21 reconsideration is frivolous and taken in bad faith and his in forma pauperis status is 22 REVOKED. The Clerk shall forward this Order to the Ninth Circuit in case No. 13-15206. 23 24 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 15, 2013. PHYLLIS J. HAMILTON United States District Judge 25 26 G:\PRO-SE\PJH\CR.08\Morales4441.revk-ifp.wpd 27 28 2

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