U S Incorporated v. TUG SEGUIN et al
Order re: 26 Affidavit of Service filed by U S Incorporated, does not sufficiently show Clearview has been served with process in this action. Plaintiff is ORDERED to perfect service of process of defendant Clearview by 7/10/2017. Failure to do so will result in dismissal of Clearview. Signed by Magistrate Judge Katherine P. Nelson on 6/9/2017. (srr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
U S INCORPORATED,
TUG SEGUIN, in rem, and
HARTLEY MARINE SERVICES, INC. )
and CLEARVIEW MARINE, INC.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 16-00530-N
This action is before the Court sua sponte on review of the record.
Plaintiff filed its complaint on October 13, 2016. (Doc. 1). On February 8, 2017,
the Plaintiff filed a verified notice purporting to evidence service of process under
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 on Defendant Clearview Marine, Inc. (“Clearview”)
via certified U.S. first class mail on January 25, 2017. (Doc. 26). Accordingly,
Clearview’s responsive pleading would have been due February 15, 2017. See Fed.
R. Civ. P. 12(a)(1). To date Clearview has failed to answer or otherwise defend, and
the Plaintiff has not sought entry of default against Clearview.
A review of the Plaintiff’s proof of service (Doc. 26), however, does not
sufficiently show that Clearview has been served with process in this action. The
certified mail receipt indicates that the summons and complaint were mailed to
Clearview “c/o its Registered Agent, Veronica Jattan,” in Kissimmee, Florida. (Doc.
26-1 at 2). However, the receipt was signed by an individual identifying herself as
“Marcia Jattan,” who did not indicate whether she was the addressee (i.e. Veronica)
or her agent. (Id.). The Plaintiff’s verified notice does not explain who “Marcia
Jattan” is or why her acceptance of the complaint and summons constitutes
sufficient service of process on Clearview.
“If a defendant is not served within 90 days after the complaint is filed, the
court-on motion or on its own after notice to the plaintiff-must dismiss the action
without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a
Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m).
Upon consideration, the Plaintiff is
ORDERED to perfect service of process on Defendant Clearview, and file proof of
same with the Court, no later than July 10, 2017. Failure to do so will result in
dismissal of this action as to Clearview under Rule 4(m).1
DONE and ORDERED this the 9th day of June 2017.
/s/ Katherine P. Nelson
KATHERINE P. NELSON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Under S.D. Ala. GenLR 73(c) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), this case has been randomly
assigned to the undersigned Magistrate Judge for all purposes, including entry of a
final judgment, as set out in the Notice of Assignment to United States Magistrate
Judge for Trial entered December 20, 2016. (Doc. 13). The Notice of Assignment
informs the parties that they “have the right to have this action reassigned to a
United States District Judge for trial and disposition,” and makes clear that “[a]ny
party may request reassignment by” confidentially emailing the Clerk of Court a
“Request for Reassignment to a United States District Judge.” Inasmuch as no
party, to date, has returned to the Clerk of Court a Request for Reassignment, there
presently exists implicit consent to the undersigned conducting all proceedings in
this case. See Chambless v. Louisiana-Pac. Corp., 481 F.3d 1345, 1350 (11th Cir.
2007) (“[T]he Supreme Court held in Roell v. Withrow, 538 U.S. 580, 123 S. Ct. 1696,
155 L. Ed. 2d 775 (2003), that consent to a magistrate judge's jurisdiction can be
inferred from a party’s conduct during litigation. Id. at 582, 123 S. Ct. 1696. The
Court refused to adopt a bright-line rule requiring express consent, instead
accepting implied consent ‘where ... the litigant or counsel was made aware of the
need for consent and the right to refuse it, and still voluntarily appeared to try the
case before the Magistrate Judge.’ Id. at 589–90, 123 S. Ct. 1696.”).
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