Patel v. Lyles et al
WRITTEN Opinion entered by the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall on 12/19/2011: Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis [ 3 ] is granted. The court authorizes the trust fund officer at plaintiff's place of confinement to make deductions from plaintiff's trust fund account in accordance with this order. The clerk shall send a copy of this order to the trust fund officer at the Cook County Jail. The clerk is directed to issue summons for the defendants, Superintendents Lyles and Curry. The United States Marshals Service is appointed to serve the defendants. The clerk shall send to plaintiff a magistrate judge consent form and filing instructions along with a copy of this order. (For further details see Written Opinion). Mailed notice. (et, )
Order Form (01/2005)
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Name of Assigned Judge
or Magistrate Judge
Virginia M. Kendall
11 C 8863
Sitting Judge if Other
than Assigned Judge
December 19, 2011
Nishith P. Pater (#2011-0103015) v. Supt. Lyles, et al.
DOCKET ENTRY TEXT:
Plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis  is granted. The court authorizes the trust fund
officer at plaintiff’s place of confinement to make deductions from plaintiff’s trust fund account in accordance
with this order. The clerk shall send a copy of this order to the trust fund officer at the Cook County Jail. The
clerk is directed to issue summons for the defendants, Superintendents Lyles and Curry. The United States
Marshals Service is appointed to serve the defendants. The clerk shall send to plaintiff a magistrate judge consent
form and filing instructions along with a copy of this order.
[For further details see text below.]
Docketing to mail notices.
Plaintiff Nishith P. Pater, Cook County Jail inmate #2011-0103015, has brought this pro se civil rights
action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Cook County Jail Superintendents Lyles and Curry. Plaintiff alleges
that another inmate broke plaintiff’s nose in January 2011, and that plaintiff never received medical att care for
his injury. He contends that he personally spoke to the defendants, but still has not been examined by a doctor
for his nose, which he alleges has healed improperly, preventing him from breathing through it. Plaintiff seeks
to file his complaint in forma pauperis.
Plaintiff’s in forma pauperis application reveals that he is unable to prepay the filing fee. The court grants
his motion and, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), assesses an initial partial filing fee of $2.00. The trust fund
officer of inmate trust accounts at plaintiff’s place of confinement is authorized and ordered to collect, when
funds exist, the partial filing fee from plaintiff’s trust fund account and pay it directly to the clerk of court. After
payment of the initial partial filing fee, the trust fund officer at plaintiff’s place of confinement is directed to
collect monthly payments from plaintiff’s trust fund account in an amount equal to 20% of the preceding month’s
income credited to the account. Monthly payments collected from plaintiff’s trust fund account shall be
forwarded to the clerk of court each time the amount in the account exceeds $10 until the full $350 filing fee is
paid. All payments shall be sent to the Clerk, United States District Court, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois
60604, attn: Cashier’s Desk, 20th Floor, and shall clearly identify plaintiff’s name and the case number assigned
to this action. Plaintiff shall remain responsible for this filing fee, and Cook County Jail trust account officers
shall notify transferee authorities of any outstanding balance in the event plaintiff is transferred
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The court has conducted a preliminary review in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Plaintiff’s allegations
described above state a colorable claim against the defendants, such that they must respond to the complaint. See
Hayes v. Snyder, 546 F.3d 516, 522-23 (7th Cir. 2008) (discussing the standard and elements of a claim of
deliberate indifference to a serious medical need). The clerk shall issue summonses for service of the complaint
on Superintendents Lyles and Curry.
Although plaintiff states in his description of his claims that he seeks to bring a class action, he provides
no basis for such a proceeding, and it is clear from his allegations that he intends to bring this case on behalf of
himself only and not for similarly situated inmates. The court thus construes the complaint as asserting claims only
The United States Marshals Service is appointed to serve Cook County Jail Superintendent Lyles (Division
5) and Superintendent Curry (Division 6). Any service forms necessary for plaintiff to complete to accomplish
service will be sent by the Marshal. Plaintiff’s failure to return forms may result in the dismissal of his claims. The
U.S. Marshal is directed to make all reasonable efforts to serve defendants. With respect to any former jail
employee who can no longer be found at the work address provided by the plaintiff, Cook County Jail officials shall
furnish the Marshal with the defendant’s last known address. The information shall be used only for purposes of
effectuating service, or to show proof of service should a dispute arise. Documentation of the address shall be
retained only by the Marshal. Address information shall not be maintained in the court file, nor disclosed by the
Marshal. The Marshal is authorized to mail a request for waiver of service to the defendants in the manner
prescribed by Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2). If the Marshal is unable to obtain waivers, however, he must attempt to serve
the defendants by personal service.
Plaintiff is instructed to file all future papers concerning this action with the clerk of court in care of the
Prisoner Correspondent. Plaintiff must provide the court with the original plus a complete judge’s copy, including
any exhibits, of every document filed. In addition, plaintiff must send an exact copy of any court filing to
defendant, or to defendants’ counsel if an attorney enters an appearance on their behalf. Every document filed with
the court must include a certificate of service stating to whom exact copies were mailed and the date of mailing.
Any paper that is sent directly to the judge or that otherwise fails to comply with these instructions may be
disregarded by the court or returned to plaintiff.
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