Rhinehart v. Medical College of Wisconsin

Filing 3

ORDER signed by Judge Lynn Adelman on 10/1/06 granting 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. (cc: pro se plaintiff, all counsel) (Wesolek, Marie)

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Rhinehart v. Medical College of Wisconsin Doc. 3 Case 2:06-cv-00993-WEC Filed 10/02/2006 Page 1 of 3 Document 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN MICHAEL S. RHINEHART, Plaintiff, v. MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN, Defendant. Case No. 06C0993 DECISION AND ORDER Plaintiff Michael Rhinehart brought this action alleging that the Medical College of W isconsin failed to promote him and wrongfully terminated him on the basis of race. Ordinarily, a plaintiff must pay a statutory filing fee of $350 to bring an action in federal court. 28 U.S.C. 1914(a). Plaintiff, however, has requested leave to proceed in forma pauperis, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915. Section 1915 is meant to ensure indigent litigants meaningful access to federal courts, Nietzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 324 (1989), and applies to both nonprisoner plaintiffs and to plaintiffs who are incarcerated, Floyd v. United States Postal Serv., 105 F.3d 274, 275-77 (6th Cir. 1997) ("[T]he only logical interpretation of the statute is that nonprisoners have the option to proceed in forma pauperis under 1915(a)."). Here, the heightened requirements of the Prison Litigation Reform Act do not apply. See West v. Macht, 986 F.Supp. 1141, (W.D. Wis. 1997). Under 1915, an indigent party may commence a federal court action, without paying required costs and fees, upon submission of an affidavit asserting inability "to pay such fees or give security therefor" and stating "the Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:06-cv-00993-WEC Filed 10/02/2006 Page 2 of 3 Document 3 nature of the action, defense or appeal and the affiant's belief that the person is entitled to redress." 28 U.S.C. 1915(a)(1). Plaintiff has filed the required affidavit of indigence. Upon review of this affidavit, the court is satisfied that plaintiff meets the poverty requirements of 28 U.S.C. 1915. He states that he has no income, as he has exhausted his unemployment compensation and retirement fund. Additionally, plaintiff has stated the nature of this action and asserted his belief that he are entitled to redress. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Michael Rhinehart's request to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED. IT IS ADDITIONALLY ORDERED, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(2), that the U.S. Marshals Service shall serve a copy of the complaint, a waiver of service form and/or the summons, and this order upon defendant. Plaintiff is advised that Congress requires the U.S. Marshals Service to charge for making or attempting such service. 28 U.S.C. 1921(b). The current fee for waiver-of-service packages is $8 per item. 28 C.F.R. 0.114(a)(2). Although Congress requires the court to order service by the U.S. Marshals Service precisely because in forma pauperis plaintiffs are indigent, it has not made any provision for these fees to be waived either by the court or by the U.S. Marshals Service. Plaintiff, however, should provide defendant or its counsel with copies of all future motions or papers filed by the plaintiff in this action. 2 Case 2:06-cv-00993-WEC Filed 10/02/2006 Page 3 of 3 Document 3 Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin this 1 day of October, 2006. /s_____________________________ LYNN ADELMAN District Judge 3

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