STRICKLAND et al v. MORTGAGE LENDERS NETWORK USA INC et al
ORDER DENYING 7 Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis. Ordered by U.S. District Judge MARC THOMAS TREADWELL on 12/5/2014. (tlh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
ANDRE STRICKLAND and PATRICIA
MORTGAGE LENDERS NETWORK
USA INC., et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:14-CV-382 (MTT)
Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ notice of appeal (Doc. 6) and an affidavit in support
of a request to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis (Doc. 7).1 The Plaintiffs seek to
appeal the Court’s November 19, 2014 Order (Doc. 5) denying their motion to remove
an action they filed in state court. However, the Plaintiffs’ stated issue of what they
intend to present on appeal does not mention removal. Rather, the Plaintiffs allege:
“[t]his Appeal is to the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, with actions and
executions arising from such order including but not limited to the Order of the granting
Although the Plaintiffs filled out the form affidavit to proceed in the district court in forma
pauperis, the Plaintiffs nevertheless attempted to show in detail their inability to pay or to give
security for fees and costs as required by Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24(a)(1)(A). It is
not clear whether Andre and Patricia Strickland, the two plaintiffs, are the husband and spouse
reflected in the affidavit; only Patricia Strickland signed the affidavit. Nevertheless, the Court
finds the Plaintiffs have not shown their inability to pay or to give security for fees and costs.
The affidavit reflects a combined gross income of $44,976.00, which is almost $30,000 greater
than $15,730.00, the poverty guideline for a family of two. 2014 Poverty Guidelines,
ASPE.HHS.GOV, http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm. Moreover, the affidavit reflects
ownership of two vehicles worth a total of $13,513.18 and a house with a value of $103,539.38.
of foreclosure of the subject real property, Possession and Writ of Possession.” (Doc.
6). The Court’s November 19, 2014 Order did not address foreclosure of property.
“An appeal may not be taken in forma pauperis if the trial court certifies in writing
that it is not taken in good faith.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). “‘Good faith’ is judged from
an objective standard and is satisfied when an appellant seeks review ‘of any issue not
frivolous.’” United States v. Carswell, 2008 WL 4831658, at * 2 (M.D. Ga.) (quoting
Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 445 (1962)). For the reason the Court stated
in its ruling – namely, that a plaintiff is not entitled to remove an action to federal court –
the Court finds the Plaintiffs’ appeal is not taken in good faith. Seeking appellate review
of the issue presented in the November 19, 2014 Order is frivolous because the legal
theory is “indisputably meritless” and the action is “without arguable merit either in law
or fact.” 2 Ghee v. Retailers Nat. Bank, 271 F. App’x 858, 859-60 (11th Cir. 2008)
The Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to proceed on appeal in forma pauperis is
DENIED. Any further requests to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal should be
directed, on motion, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in
accordance with Rule 24 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
SO ORDERED this 5th day of December, 2014.
S/ Marc T. Treadwell
MARC T. TREADWELL, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
Additionally, the Court notes the Plaintiffs’ affidavit fails to state the issues the Plaintiffs intend
to present on appeal and fails to claim an entitlement to redress as required by Federal Rule of
Appellate Procedure 24(a)(1)(B)-(C). See also 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1) (“Such affidavit shall
state the nature of the action, defense or appeal and affiant’s belief that the person is entitled to
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