Mather v. Mather
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - This matter may proceed to service of process. The clerk of the court is directed to complete and sign a summons form and USM 285 Form using the information provided in the Complaint and forward them to the United States Marsh als Service for service on Defendant, together with a copy of the Complaint. Service may be by certified mail pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 and Nebraska law in the discretion of the Marshal. Ordered by Judge John M. Gerrard. (Copy mailed to pro see party)(Order, Summons, Form 285 and Complaint forwarded to USM)(SLP)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
NATALIE A. MATHER,
Plaintiff Natalie Mather filed her Complaint (Filing No. 1) and Motion for
Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis (Filing No. 2) in this matter on March 26, 2015.
The court finds that Plaintiff is financially eligible to proceed in forma pauperis. As
such, the court has conducted an initial review of the Complaint to determine whether
summary dismissal is appropriate under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2).1
Here, Plaintiff alleges state-law tort claims against Defendant. Subject matter
jurisdiction appears to be proper pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332 because the citizenship
of Plaintiff is different from the citizenship of Defendant. In addition, the amount in
controversy is greater than $75,000. Accordingly, the court will allow this matter to
proceed to service of process. Plaintiff is cautioned that this is only a preliminary
determination based on the allegations set forth in the Complaint. It is not a
determination of the merits of her claims or a decision with respect to any defenses
that may be raised in response to her Complaint.
The court is required to review in forma pauperis complaints to determine
whether summary dismissal is appropriate. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). The court must
dismiss a complaint or any portion of it that states a frivolous or malicious claim, that
fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seeks monetary relief
from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B).
Because Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis in this matter, she is entitled
to rely on service by the United States Marshals Service. See Wright v. First Student,
Inc., 710 F.3d 782, 783 (8th Cir. 2013). Plaintiff has provided the necessary
information for service on Defendant. Therefore, the court will direct the clerk of the
court to complete the summons form and forward it to the United States Marshals
Service for service of process on Defendant.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
This matter may proceed to service of process.
The clerk of the court is directed to complete and sign a summons form
and USM 285 Form using the information provided in the Complaint and forward
them to the United States Marshals Service for service on Defendant, together with
a copy of the Complaint. Service may be by certified mail pursuant to Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 4 and Nebraska law in the discretion of the Marshal.
DATED this 27th day of March, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
s/ John M. Gerrard
United States District Judge
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