Franklin v. State Of Delaware
MEMORANDUM regarding Motion for Preliminary Injunction (D.I. 6 ). Signed by Judge Richard G. Andrews on 1/30/2018. (nms)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
GERALD FRANKLIN, on behalf of
: Civil Action No. 18-097-RGA
STATE OF DELAWARE, et al.,
Introduction. Plaintiff appears pro se and has filed this lawsuit on behalf
of his mother, Dorothy Franklin. (D.I. 2).
Plaintiff alleges that his mother's civil rights
were taken from her because of her medical condition.
(See D.I. 2-1 at Civil Cover
Sheet). On January 19, 2018, Plaintiff filed a motion for injunctive relief to stop all
contractor work in his mother's house. (D.I. 6).
Motion for Injunctive Relief. A preliminary injunction is "an
extraordinary remedy that should be granted only if (1) the plaintiff is likely to succeed
on the merits; (2) denial will result in irreparable harm to the plaintiff; (3) granting the
injunction will not result in irreparable harm to the defendant; and (4) granting the
injunction is in the public interest." Nutrasweet Co. v. Vit-Mar Enterprises, Inc., 176
F.3d 151, 153 (3d Cir. 1999). The elements also apply to temporary restraining orders.
See NutriSweet Co. v. Vit-Mar Enterprises., Inc., 112 F.3d 689, 693 (3d Cir. 1997) (a
temporary restraining order continued beyond the time permissible under Rule 65 must
be treated as a preliminary injunction, and must conform to the standards applicable to
Plaintiff's request does not meet the requisites for injunctive relief.
Plaintiff has failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits, and has failed to
demonstrate irreparable harm.
In fact, as written, it is difficult to discern exactly what
type of injunctive relief Plaintiff seeks. Therefore, the Court will deny the motion. (D.I.
Plaintiff is not an attorney. As a non-attorney, he may
not act as an attorney on behalf of his mother and may only represent himself in this
court. 28 U.S.C. § 1654; see also Osei-Afriye v. The Medical College of Pennsylvania,
937 F.2d 876 (3d Cir. 1991) (non-lawyer appearing prose may not act as attorney for
If Dorothy Franklin is the real party in interest, then she must either
appear or retain an attorney to represent her.
Plaintiff may not represent his mother.
Plaintiff was denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis and,
as a result he paid the filing fee.
It has come to Court's attention that
Plaintiffs check was return for insufficient funds.
(D.I. 10). Plaintiff is required to pay
the filing fee pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1914 plus a fee for the payment denied for denied
for insufficient funds. (See id.).
For the above reasons, (1) the Court will deny the motion
for injunctive relief (D.I. 6), (2) Dorothy Franklin must enter her appearance or retain
counsel; and (3) the filing fee must be paid. A separate order shall issue.
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