Arkansas, State of v. SVM Inc

Filing 14

ORDER granting plaintiff's request to effect service on deft Grady M. McCallister by warning order and directing Roebuck to submit a warning order to the Clerk of the Court, then the Court will issue the order. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 7/29/10. (bkp)

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Arkansas, State of v. SVM Inc Doc. 14 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION DOROTHY J. ROEBUCK v. CASE NO. 4:09cv00456 BSM DEFENDANT ORDER Plaintiff Dorothy J. Roebuck ("Roebuck") requests leave to effect service on defendant, Grady M. McCallister ("MCCallister") by warning order (Doc. No. 2). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(e) allows for service of process to be made "following state law for serving a summons in an action brought in courts of general jurisdiction in the state where the district court is located or where service is made . . . " Arkansas Rule of Civil Procedure 4(f)(1) states "[i]f it appears by the affidavit of a party seeking judgment or his or her attorney that, after diligent inquiry, the identity or whereabouts of a defendant remains unknown . . . service shall be by warning order issued by the clerk." Further, the warning order "shall . . . be published weekly for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper having general circulation in the county where the action is filed and to be mailed, with a copy of the complaint, to the defendant . . . at his or her last known address . . . " Ark. R. Civ. P. 4(f )(2). The affidavit submitted by Damarrio Solomon-Simmons, attorney of record for Roebuck, establishes that numerous attempts were made to serve McCallister. Roebuck attempted to serve McCallister by mail at his last known address, by certified process server PLAINTIFF GRADY M. McCALLISTER Tresa Salle, and by way of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office at two alternative addresses uncovered by its private investigator. Despite Roebuck's diligent efforts she has been unable to effect service on McCallister. Arkansas has established that, after diligent inquiry, defendant's whereabouts are unknown. Accordingly, the motion for service by warning order (Doc. No. 2) is granted. Roebuck is directed to submit a warning order to the Clerk of the Court. The Clerk of the Court will then issue the order, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(e) and Ark. R. Civ. P. 4(f). IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 29th day of July, 2010. ___________________________________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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