United States District Court, W.D. Kentucky, Louisville Division
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
THOMAS B. RUSSELL, Senior District Judge.
Plaintiff Michael Wayne Long filed the instant pro se action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. By Memorandum and Order entered January 15, 2015, this Court denied Plaintiff's application to proceed without prepayment of fees pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) and directed him to pay the filing fee in full for the instant action within 30 days from entry of the Order (DN 5). The Court warned Plaintiff that failure to pay the filing fee within the time allowed would result in dismissal of the action and his continued responsibility for payment of the filing fee.
More than 30 days have passed since the Court entered its Order, and Plaintiff has not paid the filing fee. Consequently, the action will be dismissed by separate Order pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b) for failure to comply with a prior Order of the Court and for failure to prosecute.
As the Court previously advised Plaintiff, dismissal of this action does not relieve him of his responsibility to pay the requisite filing fee in this action. In re Alea, 286 F.3d 378, 381 (6th Cir. 2002); McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 607 (6th Cir. 1997), overruled on other grounds by Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199 (2007). The obligation to pay the filing fee attaches when a prisoner "brings a civil action." In re Alea, 286 F.3d at 381. "The subsequent dismissal of the action under § 1915(g) for failure to pay that fee does not negate or nullify the litigant's continuing obligation to pay the fee in full." Id.
Accordingly, the prior Order (DN 5) obligating Plaintiff to pay the $400.00 filing fee in this action remains in full effect.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Kentucky State Reformatory shall collect and forward the $400.00 filing fee from Plaintiff's inmate account to the Clerk for full payment of the filing fee. ...