Smith v. Arkansas, State of et al
ORDER giving notice to Plaintiff that the Court will dismiss this action as to the State of Arkansas unless proof of service is filed on or before Monday, December 16, 2013, or the plaintiff establishes good cause for the failure to serve summons and complaint on the State of Arkansas. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 11/14/2013. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FRED SMITH, State Representative
No. 3:13CV00050 JLH
STATE OF ARKANSAS; and
Plaintiff, Fred Smith, filed a complaint in this action on February 14, 2013. More than 120
days have passed. Plaintiff has not filed proof of service on the separate defendant, State of
Arkansas. Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides:
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 against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time.
But if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure, the court must extend the time
for service for an appropriate period.
Notice is hereby given to the plaintiff that the Court will dismiss this action as to the State of
Arkansas unless proof of service is filed on or before Monday, December 16, 2013, or the plaintiff
establishes good cause for the failure to serve summons and complaint on the State of Arkansas
within 120 days after the filing of the complaint.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 14th day of November, 2013.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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