Mountain Pure LLC et al v. Roberts et al
ORDER denying 4 Motion for Default Judgment without prejudice. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 8/28/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MOUNTAIN PURE, LLC, ANGELA SMITH
GERALD MILLER, COURT STACKS,
KIMBERLY HARBESON, SCOTT MORGAN,
TRACY BUSH, QUNITON RILEY, KADEENA
DEPRIEST, WILLIAM MORRIS
Case No. 4:13-cv-0119-KGB
CYNTHIA M. ROBERTS,
BOBBI SPRADLIN, AND JOHN DOES 1-20
Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for default judgment (Dkt. No. 4). Defendants
Cynthia M. Roberts and Bobbi Spradlin filed their response (Dkt. No. 5). Defendants state that
they are not in default because plaintiffs have not completed service of the complaint and
summons as required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(i). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
4(i)(3) states: “[t]o serve a United States officer or employee sued in an individual capacity for
an act or omission occurring in connection with duties performed on the United States’ behalf
(whether or not the officer is also sued in an official capacity), a party must serve the United
States and also serve the officer or employer under Rule 4(e), (f), or (g).” At the time plaintiffs
filed their motion for default judgment, the United States Attorney and the Attorney General had
not been served. Because service had not been completed on the United States Attorney or the
Attorney General at the time the motion for default judgment was filed, the time for defendants
to respond to the complaint has not passed, and, therefore, defendants are not in default.
On August 9, 2013, plaintiffs filed an affidavit stating that the United States Attorney
Christopher R. Thyer had been properly served. On August 19, 2013, plaintiffs filed an affidavit
stating that the Attorney General Eric Holder had been properly served. The Court notes that the
United States Attorney and the Attorney General have now been properly served with the
complaint and summons (Dkt. Nos. 6, 7). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(a)(3),
defendants must serve an answer to the complaint within 60 days after service on the officer or
employee or service on the United States Attorney, whichever is later. Because service was not
completed on the United States Attorney or the Attorney General until August 2013, defendants
have not passed the 60 day deadline to answer the complaint. For these reasons, the Court finds
that plaintiffs’ motion for default judgment is denied without prejudice.
SO ORDERED this the 28th day of August, 2013.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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