Simmons v. Department of Veterans Affairs
ORDER directing pltf, within 30 days from the entry of this Order, to show good cause for her failure to serve the United States pursuant to Rule 4(i); failure to comply will result in the dismissal of this action without prejudice. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 3/14/12. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
NO. 4:11CV00617 JLH
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Cathie Simmons filed a complaint in this action on August 10, 2011. On October 13, 2011,
she filed three certificates indicating that service had been returned executed. Two of the returns of
service show service on the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs, while one of
them shows service on the regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Rule 4(i)(2) provides:
To serve a United States agency or corporation, or a United States officer or
employee sued only in an official capacity, a party must serve the United States and
also send a copy of the summons and the complaint by registered or certified mail to
the agency, corporation, officer, or employee.
Rule 4(i)(1) provides that to serve the United States a party must deliver a copy of the summons and
complaint to the United States Attorney for the district where the action is brought. The party must
also send a copy of each by registered or certified mail to the Attorney General of the United States
at Washington, D.C. The record does not reflect that summons and complaint have been delivered
to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, nor that a copy of each has been
sent by registered or certified mail to the Attorney General.
Rule 4(m) 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.
The Court therefore orders plaintiff within 30 days from the entry of this Order to show good cause
for her failure to serve the United States pursuant to Rule 4(i). If she fails to do so, this action will
be dismissed without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 14th day of March, 2012.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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