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Loper v. Other Personal Injury

United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania

July 26, 2019

MATT L. LOPER, Plaintiff
v.
OTHER PERSONAL INJURY, et al., Defendants

          SUSAN PARADISE BAXTER UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

          MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

          RICHARD A. LANZILLO UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         I. RECOMMENDATION

         It is hereby recommended that the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis [ECF No. 1] be GRANTED. The Clerk should be ordered to docket the Complaint.

         It is further recommended that this action be dismissed as legally frivolous in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e).

         II. REPORT

         A. Plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis

         Plaintiff Matt L. Loper (“Plaintiff”), an inmate incarcerated at the Crawford County Correctional Facility, initiated this pro se civil rights action by filing a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. In his motion, Plaintiff states that he is unable to pay the filing fee associated with this case. Based upon this averment, it appears that Plaintiff is without sufficient funds to pay the costs and fees of the proceedings. Accordingly, his motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis should be granted.

         B. Assessment of Plaintiff's Complaint

         Having been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis, Plaintiff is subject to the screening provisions in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e).[1] Among other things, that statute requires the Court to dismiss any action in which the Court determines that the action is “frivolous or malicious; fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2); Muchler v. Greenwald, 624 Fed.Appx. 794, 796-97 (3d Cir. 2015). A frivolous complaint is one which is either based upon an indisputably meritless legal theory (such as when a defendant enjoys immunity from suit) or based upon factual contentions which are clearly baseless (such as when the factual scenario described is fanciful or delusional). Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 327 (1989). The determination as to whether a complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted is governed by the same standard applicable to motions to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. D'Agostino v. CECOM RDEC, 436 Fed.Appx. 70, 72 (3d Cir. 2011) (citing Tourscher v. McCullough, 184 F.3d 236, 240 (3d Cir. 1999)).

         In his proposed complaint, Plaintiff identifies the following Defendants: “Other Personal Injury, Airline Product Liability, Airplane Torts, Air, Air Rights, Air Rights (Damaged).” ECF No. 1-2 at 1. Although it might seem that Plaintiff mistakenly entered causes of action onto the civil complaint form where he should have written the names of the Defendants, this does not appear to be the case; Plaintiff reiterates those same Defendants throughout his complaint. See id. at 1 (listing “Defendants” as “Air, Air Rights, Air Rights (Damaged), Other Personal Injury, Airplane Product Liability, Airplane Torts”); id. at 4 (naming “Defendants” as “Airplane, Liability, Torts Other Personal Injury, Air Rights, Air, Air Rights”). In response to a query on the form complaint asking him to name each person involved and what that person did, he lists the following: “Random Unknown Pilot, Co Pilot; Other random personal position; Other random person; Other random person.” Id. at 2. He states that the following federal laws were violated: “Other Personal Injury, Airplane Air Damage, Air Rights.” Id. Plaintiff seeks, by way of relief, “assessed value in the amount of full value of each Damaged Air Right appraised at current value.” Id. at 3. No. factual averments appear anywhere in his submissions.

         In this Court's estimation, Plaintiff's incoherent and fanciful “complaint” lacks any arguable basis in law or fact, rendering it frivolous and subject to summary dismissal. Although Plaintiff asserts federal question jurisdiction, he has failed to cite any federal statutory provision or constitutional amendment that might form the basis for federal jurisdiction. He has not identified any proper defendants or attempted to outline his claims in even the most rudimentary form. The remainder of his averments are incoherent and delusional. See Brookins v Cty. of Allegheny, 350 Fed.Appx. 639, 642 (3d Cir. 2009) (“A court may discredit allegations that are ‘fanciful, fantastic, and delusional' and thus dismiss a complaint as factually frivolous when the facts alleged ‘rise to the level of the irrational or wholly incredible.'”) (quoting Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992) (citations omitted). Moreover, given the nature of these pleadings, the Court finds that they are incapable of being cured by amendment. See, e.g., Johnson v. Trump, 745 Fed.Appx. 445 (3d Cir. 2018) (affirming the district court's determination that leave to amend would be futile, despite the general rule in favor of curative amendments, where the allegations at issue were fanciful, fantastic, or delusional); Grayson v. Mayview State Hosp., 293 F.3d 103, 108 (3d Cir. 2002).

         III. CONCLUSION

         For the foregoing reasons, it is respectfully recommended that that the motion for leave to proceed in ...


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