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Casterlow-Bey v. Barnes And Nobles

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma

November 1, 2017

GARY CASTERLOW-BEY, Plaintiff,
v.
BARNES AND NOBLES, Defendant.

          ORDER DENYING APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS

          ROBERT J. BRYAW, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiffs Application for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis ("IFP"). Dkt. 1. The Court has considered the application and the remainder of the record herein.

         On October 13, 2017, Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, filed a case against "Barnes and Nobles, " moved for IFP, and provided a proposed complaint asserting that Defendant "Barnes and Nobles" committed copyright infringement, breached a contract, and committed fraud when it sold Plaintiffs books. Casterlow-Bey v. Barnes and Nobles, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington case number 17-5834, Dkts. 1 and 1-1. Plaintiff also makes reference to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1962, ("RICO"). Casterlow-Bey v. Barnes and Nobles, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington case number 17-5834, Dkt. 1. Plaintiff seeks several million dollars in damages. Casterlow-Bey v. Barnes and Nobles, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington case number 17-5834, Dkt. 1. His application for IFP was granted.

         That same day, October 13, 2017, Plaintiff filed another case against "Barnes and Nobles, " Amazon, Google, Ebay, and Trafford, moved for IFP and asserted claims under RICO regarding the sale and distribution of his books. Casterlow-Bey v. Amazon.com, et al., Western District of Washington case number 17-5833 RJB, Dkts. 1 and 1-1. His application for IFP was granted.

         On October 25, 2017, Plaintiff filed this case against "Barnes and Nobles, " moved for IFP, and provided a proposed complaint again asserting that Defendant "Barnes and Nobles" committed copyright infringement, breached a contract, and committed fraud when it sold Plaintiff s books. Dkts. 1 and 1-1. Plaintiff also again makes reference to RICO violations. Plaintiff seeks injunctive relief and several million dollars in damages. Dkt. 1.

         In addition to these three cases (for a total of six), Plaintiff filed similar actions regarding the sale and distribution of his books against:

(1) Trafford Publishing Company, Casterlow-Bey v. Trafford Publishing Company, Western District of Washington case number 17-5459 RJB;
(2) Google.com and Amazon.com, Casterlow-Bey v. Google.com, et al, Western District of Washington case number 17-5686 RJB,
(3) Ebay.com, Casterlow-Bey v. Ebay.com, Western District of Washington case number 17-5687 RJB.

         Plaintiff moved for IFP in each of those cases as well. Id.

         Moreover since June 14, 2017, Plaintiff has filed an additional 14 cases in this Court.

(1) Casterlow-Bey v. Tacoma News Tribune, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington case number 17-5560 BHS;
(2) Casterlow-Bey v. Keisler, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington case number 17-5561 BHS-TLF;
(3) Casterlow-Bey v. Pierce County Sheriff, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington case ...

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