Sheppard, Wanda v. Superior Services, Inc. et al
ORDER on ifp request: Initial partial filing fee of $ 175.00 assessed. Initial partial filing fee due 2/25/2014. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peter A. Oppeneer on 2/4/2014. (jef),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
WANDA D. SHEPPARD ,
Case No. 14-cv-61-wmc
SUPERIOR SERVICES, INC. AND
Plaintiff Wanda D. Sheppard has filed a proposed civil action, alleging racial and
gender discrimination against the defendants. Plaintiff has asked for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis and has supported her request with an affidavit of indigency. With the exception of
habeas corpus proceedings, the fee for civil actions filed after May 1, 2013 is $400 unless a
litigant qualifies as indigent under the federal in forma pauperis statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a),
in which case the fee is $350. The standard for determining whether plaintiff qualifies for
indigent status is the following:
From plaintiff’s annual gross income, the court subtracts $3,700 for each dependent
excluding the plaintiff.
If the balance is less than $16,000, the plaintiff may proceed without any prepayment
of fees and costs.
If the balance is greater than $16,000 but less than $32,000, the plaintiff must prepay
half the fees and costs.
If the balance is greater than $32,000, the plaintiff must prepay all fees and costs.
Substantial assets or debts require individual consideration.
In this case, plaintiff has no dependents and no assets.
$1,400, or $16,800 annually.
Her monthly income is
Because plaintiff’s annual income falls in the $16,000 to
$32,000 range, she must prepay half of the $350 fee for filing this case. Once payment has
been received, the court will review the substance of plaintiff’s complaint to determine
whether any portion must be dismissed as frivolous or malicious, for failure to state a claim
on which relief may be granted, or because plaintiff is seeking money damages from a
defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2).
IT IS ORDERED that:
The motion filed by plaintiff Wanda D. Sheppard for leave to proceed
without prepayment of fees (Dkt. # 2) is GRANTED.
Plaintiff is assessed $175 as an initial partial payment of the $350 fee
for filing this case as an indigent litigant. She shall submit a check or money order
made payable to the “Clerk of Court” in the amount of $175 on or before
February 25, 2014. Plaintiff is advised that, if she fails to comply as directed or show
cause of her failure to do so, the court will assume that she does not wish to proceed
and this case will be dismissed without further notice.
No further action will be taken in this case until the court receives
Sheppard’s initial partial filing fee as directed above and the court has screened the
complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 to determine whether the case must be
dismissed because the complaint is frivolous or 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. Once the screening process is complete, a separate order
Entered this 4th day of February, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
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