Obenauf v. Colvin
ORDER signed by Judge Rudolph T. Randa on 5/8/2013 GRANTING 3 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. (cc: all counsel) (cb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Case No. 13-C-355
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
Acting Commissioner of the Social Security
DECISION AND ORDER
Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), the pro se Plaintiff, Valerie Obenauf (“Obenauf”),
filed an action for judicial review of the final decision of the Acting Commissioner of the Social
Security Administration denying her applications for Social Security disability insurance
benefits and supplemental security income (“SSI”) for lack of disability. Obenauf also filed a
petition for leave to proceed in forma pauperis in this action.
In order to authorize a litigant to proceed in forma pauperis, the Court must make
two determinations: 1) whether the litigant is unable to pay the costs of commencing the action;
and, 2) whether the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim on which relief may be
granted, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28
U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)(1) & (e)(2).
Obenauf’s petition and affidavit to proceed in forma pauperis state that she is not
employed, is not married, and has no legal dependents. Other than a 1995 Ford Taurus station
wagon that she estimates is worth $500.00, she does not own any stocks, bonds, notes, or other
valuable property (excluding clothing and ordinary household items). Obenauf lives in her
brothers’ home and relies upon them to cover her expenses.
Based on the information provided, the Court concludes Obenauf satisfies the
requirements of § 1915. She is unable to pay the costs of commencing this action, and the
action states a claim on which relief may be granted and does not appear to be frivolous or
NOW, THEREFORE, BASED ON THE FOREGOING, IT IS HEREBY
Obenauf’s petition for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 3) is
Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin this 8th day of May, 2013.
BY THE COURT
Hon. Rudolph T. Randa
U.S. District Judge
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