Shaw v. IRS
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER 2 MOTION/APPLICATION to Proceed In Forma Pauperis Email sent to Manager of Three Strikes List. (Signed by Chief Judge Lee H Rosenthal) Parties notified.(jguajardo, 4)
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United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
LLOYD WILLARD SHAW,
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, et al.,
September 16, 2022
Nathan Ochsner, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. H-22-3076
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Lloyd Willard Shaw, (Inmate # 01027098), is a pretrial detainee in the Harris County Jail.
He has filed a rambling and barely legible civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 that appears
to name the U.S. Marshal’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Harris County Clerk as
defendants. (Docket Entry No. 1). It is not clear from the pleading what actions these defendants
took against Shaw or what relief he is seeking. Because Shaw has not paid the filing fee, and
because he is not eligible to proceed in this action without prepaying the fee, this case is dismissed.
Shaw’s action is governed by the Prison Litigation Reform Act, which was enacted, in part,
to prevent prisoners from abusing the privilege of proceeding without prepaying the filing fee. See
Coleman v. Tollefson, 575 U.S. 532, 535 (2015) (citing Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199, 204 (2007)).
Under the “three-strikes rule” established in the PLRA, a prisoner may not bring a civil action
without prepaying the filing fee if three or more of his civil actions or appeals, filed while he was
incarcerated, have been dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim upon which
relief may be granted, unless he is in “imminent danger of serious physical injury.” 28 U.S.C.
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Court records reflect that, while he has been incarcerated, Shaw has filed more than three
civil actions that have been dismissed as frivolous or for failure to state a claim upon which relief
could be granted. See, e.g., Shaw v. Woodforest Nat’l Bank, No. H-09-3242 (S.D. Tex. Oct. 8,
2009); Shaw v. TDCJ Corr. Office, et al., No. H-05-2369 (S.D. Tex. Sept. 14, 2005); Shaw v.
Daigle, No. H-99-1388 (S.D. Tex. July 19, 1999); Shaw v. N. Forest Chamber of Commerce, No.
H-96-3586 (S.D. Tex. Oct. 21, 1996). As a result, Shaw may not proceed with this civil action
without prepaying the filing fee unless his pleadings show that he is in imminent danger of serious
physical injury. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g); Baños v. O’Guin, 144 F.3d 883, 884 (5th Cir. 1998) (per
curiam). Shaw’s complaint does not allege that he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury.
His action is barred by the three-strikes rule unless he prepays the applicable filing fee.
Shaw’s complaint, (Docket Entry No. 1), is dismissed without prejudice under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(g). Any pending motions, including his motion to proceed without prepayment of the filing
fee, (Docket Entry No. 2), are denied as moot. Shaw may move to reinstate this case only if he
prepays the full amount of the filing fee for a civil action ($402.00) within 30 days from the date
of this order. The court certifies that any appeal from this order is not taken in good faith for
purposes of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3). The Clerk will provide a copy of this order to the Manager
SIGNED on September 15, 2022, at Houston, Texas.
Lee H. Rosenthal
Chief United States District Judge
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