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Burnan v. Astrue

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois


October 15, 2010

LATONYA D. BURNAN
v.
ASTRUE

Name of Assigned Judge Sitting Judge if Other or Magistrate Judge Marvin Aspen than Assigned Judge

DOCKET ENTRY TEXT

For the foregoing reasons, we grant Plaintiff's application (4) to proceed in forma pauperis. It is so ordered. The Clerk of the Court is directed to issue summons and complaint to plaintiff's counsel for service on defendants. A status hearing is set for January 27, 2011 at 1030 a.m.

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STATEMENT

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ORDER

Presently before us is Plaintiff Latonya Burnam's application to proceed in forma pauperis in her lawsuit against Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. Before granting leave to file in forma pauperis, we must first determine whether or not Plaintiff is indigent. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1). We must also conduct an initial review of Plaintiff's complaint and dismiss the action if we find that: (1) it is frivolous or malicious; (2) it fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; or (3) it seeks damages from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(I)-(iii). As to the second factor, failure to state a claim, we apply the test for dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6), which requires that a complaint contain "enough facts to state a claim that is plausible on its face." Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570, 127 S.Ct. 1955, 1974 (2007); see also George v. Smith, 507 F.3d 605, 608 (7th Cir. 2007).

In support of her allegation of poverty, Plaintiff submitted the required financial affidavit. She states that she is not currently employed. (Aff. ¶ 2.) Plaintiff states that she receives assistance from her mother and has applied for public aid. (Id. ¶ 6.) She further declares that she has no additional sources of income, no assets, and no bank accounts containing more than $200. (Id. ¶¶ 4--9.) Accordingly, Plaintiff's annual income places her well under the poverty guideline for a single-person household as established by the Department of Health & Human Services. (See Health & Human Services 2010 Poverty Guidelines, setting the guideline at $10,830 for a single-person family.) We thus find Plaintiff's allegation of poverty to be true.

According to the complaint, the Social Security Administration denied Plaintiff's application for disability benefits. (Compl. ¶¶ 4--7.) Plaintiff alleges that this determination does not comport with the purposes of the Social Security Act and, moreover, is contrary to the evidence in this matter. (Id. ¶ 7.) Based on our initial, cursory review of the complaint, we conclude that Plaintiff has stated a claim upon which relief may be granted.

For the foregoing reasons, we grant Plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis. It is so ordered.

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