Barnhardt v. Tilton, et al.

Filing 26

{DISCHARGED PURSUANT TO ORDER 30 } ORDER REQUIRING Plaintiff to SHOW CAUSE Within Thirty Days Why Defendant Vilasane Should Not Be Dismissed for Failure to Provide Information Sufficient to Effect Service, signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck on 4/9/09: Show Cause Response due by 5/12/2009. (Hellings, J)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Plaintiff Marcus J. Barnhardt ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma 16 pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. This action is proceeding on 17 Plaintiff's amended complaint, filed on March 11, 2008. (Doc.12.) On February 4, 2009, the Court 18 issued an order directing the United States Marshal to initiate service of process on four defendants. 19 (Doc. 19.) Defendants Felix Igbignosa and Das Pac waived service. However, the Marshal was 20 unable to locate and serve Defendant K. Vilasane nor Bryan-Hui Phi, and on April 2, 2009, the 21 Marshal returned the USM-285 forms to the Court. (Docs. 23, 24.) 22 Pursuant to Rule 4(m), 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 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. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). v. JAMES E. TILTON, et al., Defendants. (Doc. 23) / MARCUS J. BARNHARDT, Plaintiff, CASE NO. 1:07-cv-00539 LJO DLB PC ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO SHOW CAUSE WITHIN THIRTY DAYS WHY DEFENDANTS VILASANE SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION SUFFICIENT TO EFFECT SERVICE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 /// /// /// In cases involving a plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis, the Marshal, upon order of the Court, shall serve the summons and the complaint. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(2). "`[A]n incarcerated pro se plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis is entitled to rely on the U.S. Marshal for service of the summons and complaint and ... should not be penalized by having his action dismissed for failure to effect service where the U.S. Marshal or the court clerk has failed to perform his duties.'" Walker v. Sumner, 14 F.3d 1415, 1422 (9th Cir. 1994) (quoting Puett v. Blandford, 912 F.2d 270, 275 (9th Cir. 1990)), abrogated on other grounds by Sandin v. Connor, 515 U.S. 472 (1995). "So long as the prisoner has furnished the information necessary to identify the defendant, the marshal's failure to effect service is `automatically good cause . . . .'" Walker, 14 F.3d at 1422 (quoting Sellers v. United States, 902 F.2d 598, 603 (7th Cir.1990)). However, where a pro se plaintiff fails to provide the Marshal with accurate and sufficient information to effect service of the summons and complaint, the Court's sua sponte dismissal of the unserved defendants is appropriate. Walker, 14 F.3d at 142122. In this instance, the address provided by Plaintiff for Defendant Vilasane is no longer accurate, as Defendant Vilasane is no longer employed at the address provided and no forwarding information is available.1 (Doc. 23). If Plaintiff is unable to provide the Marshal with current address at which Defendant Vilasane can be located, this defendant shall be dismissed from the action, without prejudice. Pursuant to Rule 4(m), the Court will provide Plaintiff with the opportunity to show cause why Defendant Vilasane should not be dismissed from the action at this time. Accordingly, based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Within thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff shall show cause why Defendant Vilasane should not be dismissed from this action; and Plaintiff states in his First Amended Complaint that defendant Vilasane is a physician. The Court was u n a b l e to find any physician named "K. Vilasane" listed on the Medical Board of California website. 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 d274kd 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2. The failure to respond to this order or the failure to show cause will result in a recommendation that Defendant Vilasane be dismissed from this action. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: April 9, 2009 /s/ Dennis L. Beck UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3

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