Bates et al v. Vandroff et al
ORDER directing Clerk not to authorize service and advising plaintiff to notify Clerk in writing of any change of address. Plaintiff has incurred a debt to the U.S.A. in the amount of $350.00. Signed by Magistrate Judge Thomas E Rogers, III on 02/17/2017. (dsto, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Kenneth Ray Bates, #42519-060,
Natalie Maria Pough,
Sylvia Tawanda Vandroff,
Marolyn D. Vandroff,
This is a civil action filed by a federal prisoner1 against private individuals not associated
with any government entities. Therefore, in the event that a limitations issue arises, Plaintiff shall
have the benefit of the holding in Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266 (1988) (prisoner’s pleading was
filed at the moment of delivery to prison authorities for forwarding to District Court). Under Local
Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2) of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, pretrial
proceedings in this action have been referred to the assigned United States Magistrate Judge.
PAYMENT OF THE FILING FEE:
Plaintiff has submitted an Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit
(Form AO 240), which is construed as a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. See 28
U.S.C. § 1915. A review of the motion reveals that Plaintiff should be relieved of the obligation to
prepay the full filing fee. Plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is granted,
subject to the court’s right to require a payment if Plaintiff’s financial condition changes, and to tax
fees and costs against Plaintiff at the conclusion of this case if the court finds the case to be without
merit. See Flint v. Haynes, 651 F.2d 970, 972–74 (4th Cir. 1981). (ECF No. 2).
By filing this case, Plaintiff has incurred a debt to the United States of America in the amount
Natalie Pough is listed as a co-plaintiff; however, she did not sign the pleading and may
not have standing before this court based on the factual allegations. The court does not address
these issues because the Complaint is subject to summary dismissal due to lack of subject matter
of $350.** See 28 U.S.C. § 1914. This debt is not dischargeable in the event Plaintiff seeks relief
under the bankruptcy provisions of the United States Code. See 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(17). The Prison
Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) of 1996 permits a prisoner to file a civil action without prepayment
of fees or security, but requires the prisoner “to pay the full amount of the filing fee” as funds are
available. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a) and (b). As the court has granted Plaintiff permission to proceed
in forma pauperis, the agency having custody of Plaintiff shall collect payments from Plaintiff’s
prisoner trust account in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1) and (2), until the full $350
filing fee is paid.
TO THE CLERK OF COURT:
This case is subject to summary dismissal based on an initial screening conducted pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. §1915 and/or 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Therefore, the Clerk of Court shall not issue any
summonses nor shall the Clerk of Court forward this matter to the United States Marshal for service
of process at this time.
The Clerk of Court shall not enter any change of address submitted by Plaintiff which directs
that mail be sent to a person other than Plaintiff unless that person is an attorney admitted to practice
before this court who has entered a formal appearance.
Plaintiff must place the civil action number listed above on any document provided to the
court pursuant to this Order. Any future filings in this case must be sent to ((Post Office Box
2317, Florence, South Carolina 29503) the address below. All documents requiring Plaintiff’s
signature shall be signed with Plaintiff’s full legal name written in Plaintiff’s own handwriting. Pro
se litigants shall not use the “s/typed name” format used in the Electronic Case Filing System. In
all future filings with this court, Plaintiff is directed to use letter-sized (8½ inches by 11 inches)
paper only, to write or type text on one side of a sheet of paper only and not to write or type on both
sides of any sheet of paper. Plaintiff is further instructed not to write to the edge of the paper, but
to maintain one inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides of each paper submitted.
Plaintiff is a pro se litigant. Plaintiff’s attention is directed to the following important notice:
You are ordered to always keep the Clerk of Court advised in writing (Post Office
Box 2317, Florence, South Carolina 29503) if your address changes for any reason,
so as to assure that orders or other matters that specify deadlines for you to meet will
be received by you. If as a result of your failure to comply with this Order, you fail
to meet a deadline set by this court, your case may be dismissed for violating this
Effective May 1, 2013, an administrative fee of $50 was added to the filing fee of
$350. The $50 administrative fee, however, is not applicable to in forma pauperis cases.
Order. Therefore, if you have a change of address before this case is ended, you must
comply with this Order by immediately advising the Clerk of Court in writing of such
change of address and providing the court with the docket number of all pending
cases you have filed with this court. Your failure to do so will not be excused by the
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Thomas E. Rogers, III
Thomas E. Rogers, III
United States Magistrate Judge
February 17, 2017
Florence, South Carolina
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