Martinez et al v. Heartshare Human Services of New York et al

Filing 16

ORDER denying 3 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis; denying 4 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Plaintiffs' motions are denied pursuant to the annexed Order. Plaintiffs' time to serve the Summons and Complaint on Defendants is extended, sua sponte, to October 6, 2016. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo on 7/8/2016. (Feldman, Shira)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK --------------------------------------------------------------------X DOMINICK MARTINEZ, et al., Plaintiffs, ORDER 16-CV-2475 (LDH)(PK) -againstHEARTSHARE HUMAN SERVICES OF NEW YORK, et al., Defendants. ---------------------------------------------------------------X Peggy Kuo, United States Magistrate Judge: Plaintiffs Dominick Martinez and Crystal Brown request leave to proceed in forma pauperis in this action, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. (Dkt. 3; Dkt. 4.) Plaintiffs’ request is denied. The federal in forma pauperis statute provides that “any court in the United States may authorize the commencement, prosecution or defense of any suit . . . without prepayment of fees or security thereof, by a person who submits an affidavit that . . . the person is unable to pay such fees or give security thereof.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915 (emphasis added). However, when counsel commences a civil action on a plaintiff’s or plaintiffs’ behalf, that counsel generally assumes the costs of the litigation. Plaintiffs have counsel in this action and, moreover, some of their claims arise under statutes with fee-shifting provisions. If the action is resolved in Plaintiffs’ favor, counsel will recover the costs. SO ORDERED: Peggy Kuo PEGGY KUO United States Magistrate Judge Dated: Brooklyn, New York July 8, 2016

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