United States District Court, D. Montana, Butte Division
ORDER, AND FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION
Jeremiah C. Lynch United States Magistrate Judge
In Forma Pauperis Application
Robert Weigel, appearing pro se, filed an application
requesting leave to proceed in forma pauperis. He submitted a
declaration that makes the showing required by 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(a). Because it appears he lacks sufficient funds
to prosecute this action IT IS HEREBY
ORDERED that Weigel's application is
GRANTED. This action may proceed without
prepayment of the filing fee, and the Clerk of Court is
directed to file Weigel's lodged Complaint as of the
filing date of his request to proceed in forma pauperis.
federal statute under which leave to proceed in forma
pauperis is permitted - 28 U.S.C. § 1915 - also requires
the Court to conduct a preliminary screening of the
allegations set forth in the litigant's pleading. The
applicable provisions of section 1915(e)(2) state as follows:
(2) Notwithstanding any filing fee, or any portion thereof,
that may have been paid, the court shall dismiss the case at
any time if the court determines that-
(A) the allegation of poverty is untrue; or
(B) the action or appeal-
(i) is frivolous or malicious;
(ii) fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted;
(iii) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune
from such relief.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2).
Court will review Weigel's pleading to consider whether
this action can survive dismissal under the provisions of
section 1915(e)(2), or any other provision of law. See
Huftile v. Miccio-Fonseca, 410 F.3d 1136, 1138, 1142
(9th Cir. 2005).
commenced this action challenging Defendant Facebook's
alleged negligent conduct in harming Weigel's social life
and his Facebook experience. He portrays himself as the
“original internet evangelist” since 1986, and he
states that for the last decade he has worked extensively
developing a “social network” with friends and
also with customers relative to an ...