Grimes v. Barber et al

Filing 18

ORDER by Judge Claudia Wilken Dismissing Complaint andgranting 7 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis; denying 16 Motion to set Case Management Conference (cwlc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/6/2010)

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Grimes v. Barber et al Doc. 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Plaintiff Jerome L. Grimes applies for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP). The matter was decided on the papers. v. OFFICER BARBER, et al., Defendants. / IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA JEROME L. GRIMES, Plaintiff, No. 10-01086 CW ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AND DISMISSING COMPLAINT Having considered all of the papers filed by Plaintiff, the Court GRANTS the application to proceed IFP and dismisses the complaint. DISCUSSION A court may authorize a plaintiff to prosecute an action in federal court without prepayment of fees or security if the plaintiff submits an affidavit showing that he or she is unable to pay such fees or provide such security. See 28 U.S.C. 1915(a). Plaintiff has submitted the required documentation, and it is evident from his application that his assets and income are insufficient to enable him to prosecute the action. Accordingly, his application to proceed without the payment of the filing fee is Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 GRANTED. The Court's grant of Plaintiff's application to proceed IFP, however, does not mean that he may continue to prosecute his complaint. A court is under a continuing duty to dismiss a case filed without the payment of the filing fee whenever it determines that the action "(i) is frivolous or malicious; (ii) fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; or (iii) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief." U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iii). 28 Because a dismissal pursuant to 1915(e)(2)(B) is not a dismissal on the merits, but rather an exercise of the court's discretion under the IFP statute, the dismissal does not prejudice the filing of a paid complaint making the same allegations. Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 32 (1992). This case arises from events that were the subject of one of Plaintiff's previous cases, Grimes v. Barber, et al., C 09-0411 CW. In C 09-0411 CW, Plaintiff alleged that he was injured in connection with a jay-walking incident on the San Francisco State University campus by the same Defendants that are named in the instant complaint. On September 16, 2009, a settlement conference was held in C 09-0411 CW before Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte and the parties agreed to a settlement. 48). (C 09-0411 CW, Docket No. On September 17, 2009, the Court issued a conditional order of dismissal which indicated that if, within ninety days, any party certified to the Court that the agreed amount of consideration had not been delivered, the order would be vacated and the case would be set for trial. (C 09-0411 CW, Docket No. 49). On September 21, 2009, Plaintiff filed a motion for relief from settlement, which 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 was heard by Magistrate Judge Laporte. On December 23, 2009, the Court adopted Magistrate Judge Laporte's report and recommendation and denied Plaintiff's motion for relief from settlement. 0411 CW, Docket Nos. 58, 60). (C 09- On January 4, 2010, Plaintiff filed a declaration stating that he had not received from Defendants, within ninety days from the date of the Conditional Order of Dismissal, the agreed consideration for the settlement of his case. (C 09-0411 CW, Docket # 62). On February 11, 2010, the Court The Court noted issued an Order Regarding Plaintiff's Declaration. that Defendants' counsel had submitted a declaration stating that, until she received the Court's December 23, 2009 order denying Plaintiff's motion for relief from settlement, she did not know whether the settlement would be vacated by court order. She had sent Plaintiff the settlement check immediately after the Court denied Plaintiff's motion. The Court found that defense counsel reasonably waited until the Court ruled on Plaintiff's motion before sending him the settlement check. The Court further found that, by filing his January 4, 2010 declaration, Plaintiff was attempting once again to obtain relief from settlement. The Court indicated that it had ruled on that issue, that it would not revisit it and that any further papers submitted by Plaintiff attempting to vacate his settlement would be returned to him by the clerk. (C 09-0411 CW, Docket No. 66). In the instant complaint, Plaintiff alleges that, in C 09-0411 CW, the Court improperly denied his motion to set aside the settlement because Defendants failed to pay him or to expunge his record of false charges within ninety days of the Conditional 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dismissal Order. Therefore, Plaintiff is suing for police brutality and defamation of character arising from the jay-walking incident. In this lawsuit, Plaintiff is again attempting to re-litigate the issues that he asserted and settled in C 09-0411 CW. As stated in the 2009 Order, Plaintiff may not keep litigating these same issues. Therefore, his complaint is dismissed. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis is granted and his complaint is dismissed. Plaintiff's motion to set a case management conference is denied. (Docket # 16). The Clerk of the Court shall close this case. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: August 6, 2010 CLAUDIA WILKEN United States District Judge 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Jerome L. Grimes 263 Vernon Street San Francisco, CA 94132 Dated: August 6, 2010 JEROME GRIMES, Plaintiff, v. BARBER et al, Defendant. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Case Number: CV10-01086 CW CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE / I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. That on August 6, 2010, I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: Ronnie Hersler, Adm. Law Clerk 5

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