Pistole v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Filing 3

ORDER granting Doc. 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. US Marshal shall effect service of complaint. Signed by Judge William Q. Hayes on 11/20/2013. (IFP package, including this Order, mailed to pro se plaintiff at docket address: 2639 Fallview Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078.) (mdc)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 BILLY PISTOLE, CASE NO. 13cv2735 WQH (BGS) 11 Plaintiff, vs. WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., ORDER 12 13 Defendant. 14 15 HAYES, Judge: The matter before the Court is the Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis (“Motion 16 17 to Proceed IFP”) filed by Plaintiff Billy Pistole. (ECF No. 2). On November 14, 2013, Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, initiated this action by filing 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 the Complaint (ECF No. 1) and the Motion to Proceed IFP (ECF No. 2). The Complaint purports to assert claims pursuant to the Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq., Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974, 12 U.S.C. § 2605, and Regulation X, 24 C.F.R. § 3500 et seq. I. Motion to Proceed IFP All parties instituting a civil action, suit, or proceeding in a district court of the United States, other than a petition for writ of habeas corpus, must pay a filing fee of $400.00. See 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a); S.D. Cal. Civ. L.R. 4.5. An action may proceed despite a party’s failure to pay only if the party is granted leave to proceed in forma -1- 11cv1109 WQH-RBB 1 pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). See Rodriguez v. Cook, 169 F.3d 1176, 1177 2 (9th Cir. 1999). “To proceed in forma pauperis is a privilege not a right.” Smart v. 3 Heinze, 347 F.2d 114, 116 (9th Cir. 1965). 4 In his affidavit, Plaintiff states that he is employed and his take-home pay is 5 $2,100.00 per month. Plaintiff states that he also receives additional income on an 6 “unreliable” basis, and expects “$800.00 for the remainder of the month.” Plaintiff 7 states that he has a single bank account with a balance of $100.00. Plaintiff owns a 8 1997 Lincoln Navigator, and owns no other assets of value. Plaintiff has regular 9 monthly expenses as follows: $2,500.00 in rent, $600.00 in utilities, $800.00 in gas, and 10 $500.00 in food. In addition, Plaintiff pays $1,056.00 per month for a car loan, and 11 owes the Internal Revenue Service $75,000.00. Plaintiff has four children, and 12 contributes 100% in support. (ECF No. 2 at 1). 13 The Court has reviewed Plaintiff’s affidavit and finds that it is sufficient to show 14 that Plaintiff is unable to pay the fees or post securities required to maintain this action. 15 The Court grants the Motion to Proceed IFP pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). 16 II. Initial Screening of Complaint 17 A complaint filed by any person proceeding in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 18 U.S.C. § 1915(a) is also subject to mandatory review and sua sponte dismissal to the 19 extent it “is frivolous or malicious; fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; 20 or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief.” 28 U.S.C. 21 § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iii); see Lopez v. Smith, 203 F.3d 1122, 1126 (9th Cir. 2000) (en 22 banc). Upon review of the allegations in the Complaint, the Court finds they are 23 sufficient to satisfy the requirements of section 1915(e)(2)(B). See Teahan v. Wilhelm, 24 481 F. Supp. 2d 1115, 1119 (S.D. Cal. 2007) (“[T]he sua sponte screening and dismissal 25 procedure is cumulative of, and not a substitute for, any subsequent Rule 12(b)(6) 26 motion that the defendant may choose to bring.”). 27 /// 28 /// -2- 11cv1109 WQH-RBB 1 III. Conclusion 2 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion to Proceed IFP (ECF No. 2) is 3 GRANTED. The Clerk of Court shall issue a summons and provide Plaintiff with the 4 summons, certified copies of both this Order and the Complaint, and a blank U.S. 5 Marshal Form 285. Plaintiff shall complete the U.S. Marshal Form 285, and forward 6 the Form 285 and the designated copies of this Order and the Complaint to the U.S. 7 Marshal. The U.S. Marshal shall serve a copy of the Complaint and summons upon 8 Defendants as directed by Plaintiff on the U.S. Marshal Form 285. 9 DATED: November 20, 2013 10 11 WILLIAM Q. HAYES United States District Judge 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -3- 11cv1109 WQH-RBB

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