IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 3, 2009
ALBERT POON, PLAINTIFF,
JOHN CLARK KELSO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sidney R. Thomas, United States Circuit Judge
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se. Plaintiff seeks relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and has filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. Plaintiff has submitted an in forma pauperis application that makes the showing required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). Accordingly, plaintiff will be granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
Plaintiff is required to pay the statutory filing fee of $350.00 for this action. See 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) & 1915(b)(1). Plaintiff has been without funds for six months and is currently without funds. Accordingly, the court will not assess an initial partial filing fee. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Plaintiff will be obligated to make monthly payments of twenty percent of the preceding month's income credited to plaintiff's prison trust account. These payments will be collected and forwarded by the appropriate agency to the Clerk of the Court each time the amount in plaintiff's account exceeds $10.00, until the filing fee is paid in full. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).
Plaintiff's complaint states a cognizable claim for relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). A "prisoner can establish an eighth amendment violation with respect to medical care if [he] can prove there has been a deliberate indifference to [his] serious medical needs." Hunt v. Dental Dept., 865 F.2d 198, 200 (9th Cir. 1989). Additionally, the Ninth Circuit has recognized that "[d]ental care is one of the most important medical needs of inmates." Id. (quoting Ramos v. Lamm, 639 F.2d 559, 576 (10th Cir. 1980)). Accordingly, Poon's complaint contains an arguable basis in law and fact, and if the allegations are proven, plaintiff has a reasonable opportunity to prevail on the merits of his claim.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's August 21, 2008 application to proceed in forma pauperis is granted.
2. Service is appropriate for the following defendants: John Clark Kelso, Robert Sillen, Dr. G. Cheung, Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Park-Lin, Dr. Alvaro C. Traquina, Dr. Win, Dr. Basi, Maria L. Vasquez, M. Lemus, C. Arthur, V. Singh, D.K. Sisto, Capt. R. Pennington, N. Grannis, and James Tilton.
3. The Clerk of the Court shall send plaintiff 17 USM-285 forms, one summons, an instruction sheet and a copy of the complaint filed September 16, 2008.
4. Within thirty days from the date of this order, plaintiff shall complete the attached Notice of Submission of Documents and submit the following documents to the court: a. The completed Notice of Submission of Documents; b. One completed summons; c. One completed USM-285 form for each defendant listed in number 2 above; and d. 17 copies of the complaint filed September 16, 2008. 5. Plaintiff need not attempt service on defendants and need not request waiver of service. Upon receipt of the above-described documents, the court will direct the United States Marshal to serve the above-named defendants pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 without payment of costs.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
NOTICE OF SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS
Plaintiff hereby submits the following documents in compliance with the court's order filed
completed summons form
completed USM-285 forms
copies of the Complaint
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