Heidi Kellerhals v. Ruelas et al
SCREENING ORDER ; ORDER FINDING SERVICE OF COMPLAINT Appropriate for Defendants: Maira Ruelas, Brennan Gonzalez and Tulare County as well as Forwarding Service Documents to Plaintiff, signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 9/10/2020. ( 30-Day Deadline) (Attachments: # 1 USM Civil Instructions)(Martin-Gill, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MAIRA RUELAS, et al.,
ORDER FINDING SERVICE OF
COMPLAINT APPROPRIATE AND
FORWARDING SERVICE DOCUMENTS TO
(ECF No. 1)
On August 8, 2020, Plaintiff Heidi Kellerhals (“Plaintiff”), proceeding in forma pauperis,
filed the complaint commencing this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Court has screened
Plaintiffs’ complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B) and finds that the complaint
sufficiently states cognizable claims against Defendants Ruelas, Gonzalez and Tulare County
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to proceed past the screening stage. The Court also finds the complaint
appropriate for service of process.
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
1) Service is appropriate for the following defendants:
a. Maira Ruelas
b. Brennan Gonzalez
c. Tulare County
2) The Clerk of Court shall SEND Plaintiffs three (3) USM-285 forms; three (3) summons; a
Notice of Submission of Documents form; an instruction sheet; and one (1) copy of the
complaint filed on September 6, 2020 (ECF No. 1).
3) Within thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff shall complete the
attached Notice of Submission of Documents and submit the completed Notice to the Court
with the following documents:
a. A completed summons for each Defendant;
b. A completed USM-285 form for each Defendant; and
c. Four (4) copies of the complaint filed on September 6, 2020 (ECF No. 1).
4) Plaintiff need not attempt service on Defendants and need not request waiver of service.
Upon receipt of the above-described documents, the Court will direct the United States
Marshals Service to serve Defendants pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 without
payment of costs.
5) Alternatively, Plaintiff may serve any or all Defendants herself. If Plaintiff chooses this
option, Plaintiff shall notify the Court within thirty (30) days that she will be serving any or
all Defendants with the assistance of her counsel.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 10, 2020
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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