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Thomas v. Lewis Law Firm

United States District Court, D. South Carolina

April 2, 2014

Charles T. Thomas, Plaintiff,
v.
Lewis Law Firm, and Grady E. McMehan, Defendants.

ORDER

SHIVA V. HODGES, Magistrate Judge.

This is a civil action filed by a state prisoner. Therefore, in the event that a limitations issue arises, Plaintiff shall have the benefit of the holding in Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266 (1988) (prisoner's pleading was filed at the moment of delivery to prison authorities for forwarding to District Court). Under Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(f) (D.S.C.), pretrial proceedings in this action have been referred to the assigned United States Magistrate Judge.

PAYMENT OF THE FILING FEE:

Plaintiff submitted an Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit (Form AO240) and a Financial Certificate to this court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 1915(a)(1), which the court construed as a Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. [Entry #2]. A review of the Motion revealed that Plaintiff had sufficient funds to prepay the filing fee and had submitted a check to the court. The court subsequently received Plaintiff's full filing fee. [Entry #6; Receipt No. SCX300054466]. Therefore, Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis is terminated as moot. [Entry #2].

TO THE CLERK OF COURT:

This case is subject to summary dismissal based on an initial screening conducted pursuant to the inherent authority of the court.[1] Therefore, the Clerk of Court shall not issue the summonses to Plaintiff for service of process at this time.

The Clerk of Court shall not enter any change of address submitted by Plaintiff which directs that mail be sent to a person other than Plaintiff unless that person is an attorney admitted to practice before this court who has entered a formal appearance.

TO PLAINTIFF:

Plaintiff must place the civil action number listed above (C/A No. 0:14-814-JFA-SVH) on any document provided to the court pursuant to this order. Any future filings in this case must be sent to (901 Richland Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201) the address below. All documents requiring Plaintiff's signature shall be signed with Plaintiff's full legal name written in Plaintiff's own handwriting. Pro se litigants shall not use the "s/typed name" format used in the Electronic Case Filing System. In all future filings with this court, Plaintiff is directed to use letter-sized (eight and one-half inches by eleven inches) paper only, to write or type text on one side of a sheet of paper only and not to write or type on both sides of any sheet of paper. Plaintiff is further instructed not to write to the edge of the paper, but to maintain one inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides of each paper submitted.

Plaintiff is a pro se litigant. Plaintiff's attention is directed to the following important notice:

You are ordered to always keep the Clerk of Court advised in writing (901 Richland Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201) if your address changes for any reason, so as to assure that orders or other matters that specify deadlines for you to meet will be received by you. If as a result of your failure to comply with this order, you fail to meet a deadline set by this court, your case may be dismissed for violating this order. Therefore, if you have a change of address before this case is ended, you must comply with this order by immediately advising the Clerk of Court in writing of such change of address and providing the court with the docket number of all pending cases you have filed with this court. Your failure to do so will not be excused by the court.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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