Powell v. Cape Fear Valley Hospital
ORDER GRANTING 12 Plaintiff's Motion to Vacate the Filing Fee. The prison is to credit the plaintiff with any deduction from his trust found account for this suit. No further deductions from his trust fund account for this suit are allowed. Signed by US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 11/23/2014. Copies mailed to pro se plaintiff at the Cumberland County Detention Center and to the Trust Fund Officer at Cumberland County Detention Center. (Fisher, M.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
NEAL ADVIN POWELL,
CAPE FEAR VALLEY HOSPITAL,
This matter is before the Court on plaintiffs motion to vacate the filing fee. [DE 12]. For
the following reasons, the motion is GRANTED and the filing fee is VACATED.
Plaintiff, an inmate at the Cumberland Detention Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina
filed a complaint alleging negligence and medical malpractice against Cape Fear Valley
Hospital, a private hospital, on March 18, 2014. After conducting a frivolity review pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2), Magistrate Judge Webb filed his M&R on April 23, 2014 and
recommended that the complaint be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Plaintiff did
not object to the M&R, and the Court adopted Magistrate Judge Webb's M&R on June 3, 2014
and dismissed the case. In October 2014, plaintiff contacted the Court to inquire why his prisoner
trust fund account was still being debited for the filing fee since the case had been dismissed. He
then filed his request to the Court to vacate the requirement to pay the filing fee in this case.
Plaintiff does not have a history of filing frivolous claims in this Court. A review of the
Court's records reveal that the instant matter was the first case plaintiff had filed in this Court
and since its dismissal, plaintiff has not filed any other case. Plaintiffs claim was dismissed
because there was no diversity jurisdiction and plaintiffs complaint stated no cognizable federal
claim. Plaintiff did not expend the Court's time with unnecessary and meritless filings. For these
reasons, the Court finds it appropriate to relieve Mr. Powell of his obligation to pay for the filing
fee in this matter.
Accordingly, the Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to notify the proper prison official and to
credit Mr. Powell with any deduction from his trust fund account for this suit. No further
deductions from his trust fund account for this suit are allowed.
day ofNovember, 2014.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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