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Charles Sultan, # A-93755 v. C/O Horman and C/O Coffey


October 2, 2012


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Murphy, District Judge:


This matter is before the Court for case management. After screening Plaintiff's civil rights complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A (Doc. 1), this Court severed the instant retaliation claim, because it was unrelated to Plaintiff's claim for deliberate indifference to his medical needs brought in Case No. 11-cv-911-MJR. Plaintiff was directed to notify the Court by September 18, 2012, if he did not wish to proceed with either case, in order to avoid incurring an additional $350 filing fee in this new severed case. That deadline has now passed, and no communication of any kind has been received from Plaintiff. Accordingly, service shall be ordered on the Defendants in this case.

Also before the Court is Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis ("IFP") (Doc. 3). Plaintiff submitted with his original complaint an affidavit stating that in the year preceding Sept 12, 2011, he had no income other than occasional gifts from family, and had no assets or cash on hand. Based on Plaintiff's affidavit of indigence, the Court concludes that he is unable to pay in full the $350.00 filing fee in this case at this time, and therefore it is appropriate to permit him to proceed IFP in this case without full prepayment of the fee. Accordingly, Plaintiff's motion to proceed IFP in this case (Doc. 3) is GRANTED.

However, Plaintiff has not tendered an updated certified copy of his inmate trust fund account statement, to cover the six-month period immediately preceding the date this case was severed from Case No. 11-911-MJR. The Clerk has requested the required statements from the Trust Fund Officer at Lawrence Correctional Center, for the period of February 1, 2012, through August 22, 2012. Following the receipt of that information, an order shall issue for the payment of the initial partial filing fee as outlined in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). The order shall also direct subsequent payments to be made pursuant to § 1915 until the filing fee is paid in full. The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to send a copy of this Order to Plaintiff and to the Trust Fund Officer at Lawrence Correctional Center.

The Clerk of Court shall prepare for Defendants C/O HORMAN and C/O COFFEY: (1) Form 5 (Notice of a Lawsuit and Request to Waive Service of a Summons), and (2) Form 6 (Waiver of Service of Summons). The Clerk is DIRECTED to mail these forms, a copy of the complaint, and a copy of this Memorandum and Order to each Defendant's place of employment as identified by Plaintiff. If a Defendant fails to sign and return the Waiver of Service of Summons (Form 6) to the Clerk within 30 days from the date the forms were sent, the Clerk shall take appropriate steps to effect formal service on that Defendant, and the Court will require that Defendant to pay the full costs of formal service, to the extent authorized by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

With respect to a Defendant who no longer can be found at the work address provided by Plaintiff, the employer shall furnish the Clerk with the Defendant's current work address, or, if not known, the Defendant's last-known address. This information shall be used only for sending the forms as directed above or for formally effecting service. Any documentation of the address shall be retained only by the Clerk. Address information shall not be maintained in the court file or disclosed by the Clerk.

Plaintiff shall serve upon Defendants (or upon defense counsel once an appearance is entered), a copy of every pleading or other document submitted for consideration by the Court. Plaintiff shall include with the original paper to be filed a certificate stating the date on which a true and correct copy of the document was served on Defendants or counsel. Any paper received by a district judge or magistrate judge that has not been filed with the Clerk or that fails to include a certificate of service will be disregarded by the Court.

Defendants are ORDERED to timely file an appropriate responsive pleading to the complaint and shall not waive filing a reply pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(g).

Pursuant to Local Rule 72.1(a)(2), this action is REFERRED to United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson for further pre-trial proceedings.

Further, this entire matter shall be REFERRED to United States Magistrate Judge Wilkerson for disposition, pursuant to Local Rule 72.2(b)(2) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), if all parties consent to such a referral.

If judgment is rendered against Plaintiff, and the judgment includes the payment of costs under § 1915, Plaintiff will be required to pay the full amount of the costs, notwithstanding that his application to proceed in forma pauperis has been granted. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(f)(2)(A).

Plaintiff is ADVISED that at the time application was made under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 for leave to commence this civil action without being required to prepay fees and costs or give security for the same, the applicant and his or her attorney were deemed to have entered into a stipulation that the recovery, if any, secured in the action shall be paid to the Clerk of the Court, who shall pay therefrom all unpaid costs taxed against plaintiff and remit the balance to plaintiff. Local Rule 3.1(c)(1).

Finally, Plaintiff is ADVISED that he is under a continuing obligation to keep the Clerk of Court and each opposing party informed of any change in his address; the Court will not independently investigate his whereabouts. This shall be done in writing and not later than 7 days after a transfer or other change in address occurs. Failure to comply with this order will cause a delay in the transmission of court documents and may result in dismissal of this action for want of prosecution. See FED. R. CIV. P. 41(b).


G. PATRICK MURPHY United States District Judge


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