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LEPRE v. T&G MASONRY

United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania


October 17, 2005.

GERALD S. LEPRE, Petitioner,
v.
T&G MASONRY, INC. and ATTORNEY GENERAL of the STATE of PENNSYLVANIA, Respondents.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: CHRISTOPHER CONNER, District Judge

ORDER

AND NOW, this 17th day of October, 2005, upon consideration of the petition for writ of habeas corpus (Doc. 1), filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 and alleging due process and equal protection violations, and of the application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2),*fn1 and it appearing that the petition does not challenge state custody, but alleges a constitutional violation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983,*fn2 that the petition does not aver any facts or allegations against defendant Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania, and that the petition does not aver any facts indicating that defendant T&G Masonry, Inc. was acting under the color of state or federal law, see 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (providing that a person will be liable for constitutional violations if the person was acting "under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State"); see also Brown v. Philip Morris Inc., 250 F.3d 789, 800 ("A Bivens action, which is the federal equivalent of the § 1983 cause of action against state actors, will lie where the defendant has violated the plaintiff's rights under color of federal law."), it is hereby ORDERED that:

1. The application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2) is GRANTED.
2. The petition for writ of habeas corpus (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED for failure to state a claim. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii).
3. Petitioner shall be permitted to file an amended pleading on or before November 4, 2005. See Grayson v. Mayview State Hosp., 293 F.3d 103, 108 (3d Cir. 2002).
4. If an amended pleading is not filed on or before November 4, 2005, the Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE the above-captioned case.
5. Any appeal from this order is DEEMED frivolous and not in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
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