Chae v. Rodriguez et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting the Plaintiff's 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Plaintiff Bong H. Chae shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $3.05 by July 11, 2013, unless an enlargement of time is granted in respon se to a written motion. Pro Se Case Management Deadline set for 7/11/2013: initial partial filing fee payment due. The Clerk of the court is directed to send a copy of this order to the appropriate official at Plaintiff's institution. Ordered by Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy mailed to pro se party and as directed)(MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
BONG H. CHAE,
PAUL RODRIGUEZ, et al.,
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed In
Forma Pauperis (“IFP”). (Filing No. 2.) The court has received a certified copy of
Plaintiff’s trust account information. (Filing No. 3.) Plaintiff is permitted to proceed
Pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act, a prisoner plaintiff is required
to pay the full amount of the court’s $350.00 filing fee by making monthly payments
to the court, even if the prisoner is proceeding IFP. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). “[T]he
PLRA makes prisoners responsible for their filing fees the moment the prisoner
brings a civil action or files an appeal.” In re Tyler, 110 F.3d 528, 529-30 (8th Cir.
1997); Jackson v. N.P. Dodge Realty Co., 173 F. Supp. 2d 951 (D. Neb. 2001).
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), Plaintiff must pay an initial partial filing
fee in the amount of 20 percent of the greater of Plaintiff’s average monthly account
balance or average monthly deposits for the six months preceding the filing of the
complaint. Accordingly, the court finds that the initial partial filing fee is $3.05,
based on an average monthly account balance of $15.24. Plaintiff must pay this
initial partial filing fee by July 11, 2013. If the court does not receive payment by this
deadline, this matter will be dismissed. Plaintiff may request an extension of time
In addition to the initial partial filing fee, Plaintiff must “make monthly
payments of 20 percent of the preceding month’s income credited to the prisoner’s
account.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). The statute places the burden on the prisoner’s
institution to collect the additional monthly payments and forward them to the Court
After payment of the initial partial filing fee, the prisoner shall be
required to make monthly payments of 20 percent of the preceding
month’s income credited to the prisoner’s account. The agency having
custody of the prisoner shall forward payments from the prisoner’s
account to the clerk of the court each time the amount in the account
exceeds $10 until the filing fees are paid.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). Therefore, after payment in full of the initial partial filing
fee, the remaining installments shall be collected pursuant to this procedure.
The Clerk of the court shall send a copy of this Memorandum and Order to the
appropriate financial official at Plaintiff’s institution. Plaintiff will remain
responsible for the entire filing fee, as long as he is a prisoner, even if the case is
dismissed at some later time. See Tyler, 110 F.3d at 529-30; Jackson, 173 F. Supp.
2d at 951.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Filing No.
2) is granted.
Plaintiff shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $3.05 by July 11, 2013,
unless an enlargement of time is granted in response to a written motion. If the initial
partial filing fee is not received by the specified deadline, this case will be dismissed.
After payment of the initial partial filing fee, Plaintiff’s institution shall
collect the additional monthly payments in the manner set forth in 28 U.S.C. §
1915(b)(2), quoted above, and shall forward those installments to the court.
The Clerk of the court is directed to send a copy of this order to the
appropriate official at Plaintiff’s institution.
The Clerk of the court is directed to set a pro se case management
deadline in this case using the following text: July 11, 2013: initial partial filing fee
Plaintiff shall keep the court informed of his current address at all times,
and all parties are bound by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and by the court’s
Local Rules while this case is pending.
DATED this 11th day of June, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon
United States District Judge
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