Moon v. Berryhill
ORDER DENYING 1 PLAINTIFF'S APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AND GRANTING LEAVE TO AMEND signed by Hon. James P. Donohue. Plaintiff has 30 days from the date of this Order to correct the deficiencies. (KMP)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
TARA S. MOON,
Case No. C17-5839-JPD
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S
APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN
FORMA PAUPERIS AND GRANTING
LEAVE TO AMEND
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security,
Plaintiff has filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”) in the above-
entitled action. Dkt. 1. After careful consideration of the application, the governing law and
the balance of the record, the Court ORDERS as follows:
Plaintiff’s application to proceed IFP, Dkt. 1, is DENIED. Plaintiff’s
application is deficient because she failed to comply with LCR 3(b) by sufficiently answering
all of the questions on the IFP affidavit approved for use in this district. Specifically, plaintiff
failed to completely answer Question Nos. 2, 3 (d and g), and Nos. 4-8. This information is
necessary for the Court to determine whether plaintiff financially qualifies to bring this action
without paying the applicable filing fee.
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In addition, the Court notes that plaintiff’s IFP application fails to include the
correct name of the defendant in the caption. On January 23, 2017, Nancy A. Berryhill became
the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Therefore, pursuant to Rule 25(d)(1) of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Nancy A. Berryhill should have been named as the defendant
in the caption of plaintiff’s IFP application. Plaintiff’s counsel is an experienced social
security practitioner and the Court expects that future submissions to the Court will not
repeat this error. Plaintiff’s counsel is directed to update the caption on all future filings
with the Court. Failure to make this change in the future may cause this Court to strike
Plaintiff is GRANTED LEAVE TO AMEND her IFP and shall have 30 days
from the date of this Order to correct the deficiencies. Plaintiff is advised that this case may be
subject to dismissal if she does not respond to this Order or fails to correct the deficiencies
DATED this 23rd day of October, 2017.
The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Order to plaintiff.
JAMES P. DONOHUE
Chief United States Magistrate Judge
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