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Grant v. U.S. Department of Transportation

United States District Court, D. Nebraska

July 2, 2018

WILLIAM LEE GRANT II, Plaintiff,
v.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION and U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

          Richard G. Kopf Senior United States District Judge.

         Plaintiff filed his pro se Complaint on June 4, 2018 (Filing No. 1), and has been given leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Filing No. 5). The court now conducts an initial review of the Complaint to determine whether summary dismissal is appropriate under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2).

         I. SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT

         Plaintiff's Complaint consists of:

1. A signed photocopy of an employment discrimination complaint he filed in the Illinois Court of Claims on October 25, 2017, against the Office of the Illinois Governor, with the following handwritten alterations:
A. The U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Treasury are substituted as Defendants for the Illinois Governor.
B. It is alleged that the Illinois Department of Transportation and Department of Employment Security receive funding from these federal agencies and are required to comply with federal laws.
2. Four exhibits, which are photocopies of orders entered by other federal courts, with certain handwritten notations:
A. Text order entered by the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois on March 22, 2018, in Grant v. Illinois Department of Employment Security, No. 3:18-cv-03054-CSB-EIL, dismissing complaint on initial review, as frivolous.[1]
B. Memorandum Opinion and Order entered by the United States District Court of the District of Maryland on May 16, 2018, in Grant v. U.S. Department of Transportation, et al., Civil Action No. GLR-18-1327, dismissing complaint on initial review, as frivolous .
C. Order entered by the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia on April 30, 2018, in Grant v. United States Department of Treasury, et al., No. 1:18cv457, dismissing complaint with prejudice on initial review, as frivolous.
D. Order entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on February 21, 2018, in Grant v. United States, No. 2018-1413, summarily affirming dismissal of complaint filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims, No. 1:17-cv-01785-LAS, for lack of jurisdiction.

         II. APPLICABLE STANDARDS ON INITIAL REVIEW

         The court is required to review in forma pauperis complaints to determine whether summary dismissal is appropriate. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). The court must dismiss a complaint or any portion of it that states a frivolous or malicious claim, that fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, [2] or that seeks ...


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