Chatt et al v. West Memphis Arkansas, City of et al
ORDER granting 9 Motion to Dismiss Defendants Samuel Malone & Steven Jackson. The Court further finds that separate Defendants City of West Memphis & John Does should be dismissed pursuant to Rule 41(a). The dismissals are without prejudice. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 4/8/2009. (jct)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS JONESBORO DIVISION ROSIE MAE CHATT, ET AL., Plaintiffs, VS. CITY OF WEST MEMPHIS, ET AL., Defendants. * * * * * * * * * * * Order
NO: 3:08CV0096 SWW
Plaintiffs filed this action on July 3, 2008, alleging defendants violated the constitutional rights of decedent Dewayne Chatt when they used excessive force to arrest and detain him and then failed to provide proper medical care. Plaintiffs sued defendants City of West Memphis, Arkansas; West Memphis Police Officers Samuel Malone, Steven Jackson, and John Does; and Richard Busby, Sheriff of Crittenden County, Arkansas. Now before the Court is a motion to dismiss filed by defendants Malone and Jackson for failure to serve them within 120 days of filing the complaint as required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 4(m). In response, plaintiffs acknowledge they did not serve Malone and Jackson in a timely manner. Plaintiffs also state they failed to serve defendants City of West Memphis and the John Doe police officers. They request that any dismissal the Court might order be pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41 without prejudice. The Court finds the motion to dismiss [docket entry 9] should be granted pursuant to Rule
4(m).1 The Court further finds that separate defendants City of West Memphis and John Does should be dismissed pursuant to Rule 41(a). The dismissals are without prejudice. SO ORDERED this 8th day of April 2009.
/s/Susan Webber Wright UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Rule 4(m) provides that if a defendant is not served within 120 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 or order service within a specified time.
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