UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 2, 2008
FRANCINE ANTOINETTE SALAS, PLAINTIFF,
CINTAS CORP., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Jeffrey T. Miller United States District Judge
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS
Plaintiff moves for leave to prosecute this action without the prepayment of fees pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. Plaintiff declares that her take-home pay is about $950 bi-weekly, she possesses a checking account with a balance of $150, she owns a 1999 automobile, she owns a condominium purchased in 2003 with negative equity, and she owes in excess of $25,000 to various creditors. Although a close call, the court grants the motion to proceed in forma pauperis because it appears that payment of such fees would cause Plaintiff undue burden. See Moon v. Newsome, 863 F.2d 835 (11th Cir. 1989) (in forma pauperis status granted where payment of filing fees imposes undue burden). Consequently, the court grants the motion to proceed in forma pauperis. However, service of process on Defendant remains the responsibility of Plaintiff. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 4.
In sum, the motion to proceed without the prepayment of fees is granted. IT IS SO ORDERED.
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