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Bowlson v. Bureau of Prisons

United States District Court, E.D. California

October 15, 2019

ARTHUR BOWLSON, Plaintiff,
v.
BUREAU OF PRISONS, Defendant.

          SECOND ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO SUBMIT APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS OR PAY FILING FEE (ECF NOS. 6, 11) ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO AMEND COMPLAINT (ECF NO. 14)

         Plaintiff is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se in a civil rights action pursuant to Bivens vs. Six Unknown Agents, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). Plaintiff has not paid the $400.00 filing fee, or submitted an application to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915.

         On July 18, 2019, the Court issued an order directing Plaintiff to submit, within 45 days, a completed and signed application to proceed in forma pauperis or, in the alternative, to pay the $400 filing fee for this action. The Court warned that failure to comply with the order would result in the dismissal of this action. (ECF No. 6.)

         On August 5, 2019, Plaintiff filed a motion for preliminary injunction (ECF No. 7). Plaintiff did not, however, file a completed and signed application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the $400 filing fee as required by the Court. Accordingly, on October 3, 2019, the Court entered findings and recommendations recommending that this action be dismissed for Plaintiff's failure to comply with the Court's order requiring him to either file a completed and signed application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the $400 filing fee. (ECF No. 11.)

         On October 7, 2019, Plaintiff filed a motion to amend his complaint. (ECF No. 14.) However, Plaintiff still has not complied with the Court's order requiring him to file a completed and signed application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the $400 filing fee.

         This action cannot proceed unless Plaintiff either pays the $400 filing fee or is allowed to proceed in forma pauperis, and Plaintiff will not be allowed to proceed in forma pauperis until he submits a completed and signed application that makes the requisite showing under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).

         Because Plaintiff indicates in his motion to amend that he may not have received all of his legal mail, out of an abundance of caution, the Court will provide Plaintiff with one final opportunity to file a signed and completed application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the $400 filing fee.

         The Court will also deny, without prejudice, Plaintiff's motion to amend his complaint. If Plaintiff pays the filing fee or is allowed to proceed in forma pauperis, Plaintiff may file an amended complaint as a matter of course if he is in compliance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15[1] or may refile a motion to amend if leave of the Court is required, and must attach to that motion a signed copy of the proposed amended complaint.

         Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

         1. Plaintiff s motion to amend (ECF No. 14) is DENIED without prejudice;

         2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send plaintiff the following:

         a. an application to proceed in forma pauperis;

         b. a copy of the Court's previous order directing Plaintiff to file an in forma pauperis application or pay the filing fee (ECF No. 6); and

         c. a copy of the Court's findings and recommendations, recommending that this action be dismissed (ECF No. 11);

         3. Within thirty (30) days of the date of service of this order, Plaintiff shall submit the attached application to proceed in forma pauperis, completed and signed, or, in the alternative, pay the $400.00 filing fee for this action Fail ...


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