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Bickerstaff v. Commissioner of Social Security

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

April 13, 2015

WANDA JEAN BICKERSTAFF, Plaintiff,
v.
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant.

JUDGE DAVID M. LAWSON

ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO SUPPLEMENT HER MARCH 12, 2015 APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN DISTRICT COURT WITHOUT PREPAYING FEES OR COSTS (DE 2)

ANTHONY P. PATTI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

A. Background

On March 12, 2015, Wanda Jean Bickerstaff filed a complaint (DE 1 at 1-2) for judicial review of the Commissioner of Social Security’s January 30, 2015 decision.[1] On the same day, she also filed an application (DE 2) to proceed in district court without prepaying fees or costs.[2] Although each of these filings was electronically filed by attorney Steven V. Harthorn (P47735), attorney Harthorn’s signature does not appear on either the complaint or the application.

B. Discussion

This case has been referred to the undersigned for pretrial matters. DE 3. Having reviewed Plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis (DE 2), the Court concludes that it is not in a position to rule at this time. The form application (AO 240) asks for amounts of money, but Plaintiff’s March 12, 2015 application (DE 2) does not supply this information. See DE 2 ¶¶ 3, 6 & 8. Moreover, the form application asks for the names of those persons dependent upon Plaintiff for support, her relationship with each person and how much she contributes to their support. However, Plaintiff writes only, “J.B. Tran[s]por[ta]tion to & from appointm[illegible] care for son.” See DE 2 ¶ 7.

C. Order

Upon consideration, the application to proceed in district court without prepaying fees or costs (DE 2) is HELD IN ABEYANCE. Within ten (10) days of the date of this order, Plaintiff SHALL file a supplemental application which fully answers the questions asked, preferably with the assistance of her counsel.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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