UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 9, 2012
ALEJANDRO VARGAS HERNANDEZ,
SIX UNKNOWN NAMES AGENTS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Michael J. Seng United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER STRIKING COMPLAINT AND REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO FILE SIGNED COMPLAINT FORM AND EITHER FILE APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS OR PAY FILING FEE WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS (ECF No. 1)
On April 2, 2012, Plaintiff Alejandro Vargas Hernandez ("Plaintiff") filed what was construed as a civil rights complaint pursuant to Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), which provides a remedy for violation of civil rights by federal actors. (Compl., ECF No. 1.)
The Complaint is unsigned.
The Court cannot consider unsigned filings. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a) ("[e]very pleading...must be signed...by a party personally if the party is unrepresented").
Accordingly, this Complaint shall be stricken from the record. Plaintiff will be given fourteen days to file a signed complaint that complies with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a).*fn1
Additionally, a civil action may not proceed witout the submission of either the filing fee or the grant of in forma pauperis status. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914, 1915. Plaintiff therefore shall also file a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the $350.00 filing fee in full.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's Complaint is stricken from the record for lack of signature;
2. The Clerk's Office shall send Plaintiff a Bivens complaint form and an application to proceed in forma pauperis;
3. Within fourteen (14) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff must file a signed complaint and either file a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the $350.00 filing fee for this action; and
4. The failure to comply with this Order will result in dismissal of this action.
IT IS SO ORDERED.