Williams v. Le Crewe De Spaniards et al
ORDER ADOPTING (IN PART) 39 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 30 MOTION to Dismiss filed by Department of Alabama Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The motion to dismiss is DENIED as moot. Because the Department is not a defendant, it c annot be properly served with process. Accordingly, its alternate motion to quash service of process as to it is GRANTED. The R&R is ADOPTED except to the extent it recommends that the motion to dismiss be granted. Signed by Judge William H. Steele on 1/23/09. (srr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION NAOMI WILLIAMS, Plaintiff, v. LE CREWE DE SPANIARDS, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION 08-0506-WS-C ) ) ) ) ORDER This matter is before the Court on the Magistrate Judge's report and recommendation ("R&R") that the motion to dismiss or, in the alternative, to quash filed by The Department of Alabama Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States ("the Department") be granted. (Docs. 30, 39). The plaintiff was provided the opportunity to respond to the R&R, (id. at 11), but elected not to do so. After carefully considering the R&R and other relevant material in the file, the Court concludes that it should be adopted in part. To summarize: The complaint names as defendant, "The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Post Number 5660" ("Post 5660"). (Doc. 1 at 1). The complaint does not name the Department as a defendant. Nor has the Department become a defendant through the complaint's pleading of fictitious parties.1 Because the Department is not a defendant, it cannot be dismissed as a defendant. The motion to dismiss is
This for at least three reasons: (1) those defendants are described as natural persons, not artificial entities; (2) fictitious defendants identified by the plaintiff after filing the complaint can become parties only upon amendment of the complaint, which the plaintiff has not attempted to accomplish; and, dispositively, (3) all claims against fictitious defendants were previously dismissed by Court order, (Doc. 16), since "the Federal Rules do not authorize suit against fictitious parties." CSX Transportation, Inc. v. United Transportation Union, 236 Fed. Appx. 562, 562 n.1 (11th Cir. 2007).
therefore denied as moot. Because the Department is not a defendant, it cannot properly be served with process. Accordingly, its alternate motion to quash service of process as to it is granted.2 The R&R is adopted except to the extent it recommends that the motion to dismiss be granted. DONE and ORDERED this 23rd day of January, 2009. s/ WILLIAM H. STEELE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Neither the Department's motion nor this order addresses the sufficiency of service of process on Post 5660 by service on John Hancock.
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