KAPLAN v. PITALE et al
MEMORANDUM/ORDER that Plaintiffs request to proceed informa pauperis is hereby DENIED; that the Clerk of the Court shall ADMINISTRATIVELY TERMINATE this case, without filing the complaint or assessing a filing fee; that if Plaintiff wishes to reopen this case, he shall so notify the Court, in writing addressed to the Clerk of the Court within 30 days of the date of entry of this Order. Signed by Judge Claire C. Cecchi on 1/29/16. (DD, )
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
RICHARD P. KAPLAN,
Civil Action No. 15-1726 (CCC)
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
MARGHERITA A. PITALE, et a!.,
Plaintiff Richard P. Kaplan, a convicted and sentenced prisoner currently confined at the
Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, seeks to bring this civil action in forma
pauperis, without prepayment of fees or security, asserting claims pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”), which amends 28 U.S .C.
§ 1915, establishes
certain financial requirements for prisoners who are attempting to bring a civil action in forma
Under the Act, a prisoner bringing a civil action informa pauperis must submit an affidavit,
including a statement of all assets, which states that the prisoner is unable to pay the fee. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(a)(l). The prisoner also must submit a certified copy of his inmate trust fund account
statement for the six-month period immediately preceding the filing of his complaint. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(a)(2). The prisoner must obtain this statement from the appropriate official of each prison
at which he was or is confined. Id.
The entire fee to be paid in advance of filing a civil complaint is $400. That fee includes
a filing fee of $350 plus an administrative fee of $50, for a total of $400. A prisoner who is granted
informa pauperis status will, instead, be assessed a filing fee of $350 and will not be responsible
for the $50 administrative fee. If informapauperis status is denied, the prisoner must pay the full
$400, including the $350 filing fee and the $50 administrative fee, before the complaint will be
If the prisoner is granted informapauperis status, the prisoner must pay the full amount of
the $350 filing fee as follows. 2$ U.S.C.
§ 1915(b)(1). In each month that the amount in the
prisoner’s account exceeds $10.00, until the $350.00 filing fee is paid, the agency having custody
of the prisoner shall assess, deduct from the prisoner’s account, and forward to the Clerk of the
Court, payment equal to 20% of the preceding month’s income credited to the prisoner’s account.
Plaintiff may not have known when he submitted his complaint that he must pay the filing
fee, and that even if the full filing fee, or any part of it, has been paid, the Court must dismiss the
case if it finds that the action is: (1) frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim upon which
relief may be granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such
relief. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2)(B). If the Court dismisses the case for any of these reasons, the Act
does not permit the prisoner to get his filing fee back.
In this action, the six-month prison account statement submitted by Plaintiff states that he
had an income of $1,690.00 in the six months covered by the account statement. (ECF No. 2 at
14.) This clearly indicates that Plaintiff had the financial means to pay the filing fee. See Shahin
v. Sec. of Del., 532 F. App’x 123, 124 (3d Cir. 2013) (holding that a plaintiff with a monthly
income of $95, when such plaintiff was provided food, clothing, shelter, and medical expenses,
does not qualify for in forma pauperis status, because “requiring her to save for several months,
would not deprive her of the ‘necessities of life.”). As such, the Court denies Plaintiffs informa
IT IS therefore on this
ORDERED that Plaintiffs request to proceed informapauperis is hereby DENIED; it is
ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall ADMINISTRATIVELY TERMINATE
this case, without filing the complaint or assessing a filing fee; Plaintiff is informed that
administrative termination is not a “dismissal” for purposes of the statute of limitations, and that
if the case is reopened, it is not subject to the statute of limitations time bar if it was originally filed
timely, see Jenkins v. Superintendent of Laurel Highlands, 705 F.3d 80, 84 n.2 (3d Cir. 2013)
(describing prisoner mailbox rule generally); Dasilva v. $herffs Dep ‘t, 413 F. App’x 498, 502
(3rd Cir. 2011) (“[The] statute of limitations is met when a complaint is submitted to the clerk
before the statute runs
it is further
ORDERED that if Plaintiff wishes to reopen this case, he shall so notif’ the Court, in
writing addressed tothe Clerk of the Court, Martin Luther King Building & U.S. Courthouse, 50
Walnut Street, Newark, NJ 07102, within 30 days of the date of entry of this Order; Plaintiff’s
writing shall include the $400 fee—the $350 filing fee plus the $50 administrative fee; it is further
ORDERED that upon receipt of a writing from Plaintiff stating that he wishes to reopen
this case, and payment of the filing and administrative fees within the time allotted by this Court,
the Clerk of the Court will be directed to reopen this case; and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of this Order upon Plaintiff by
regular U.S. mail.
Claire C. Cecchi, U.S.D.J.
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