Kan v. Verdera Community Association et al
ORDER signed by Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 11/21/2022 EXTENDING the deadline for completing service under Rule 4(m) by 14 days. No further extensions will be granted. Kan may then amend his complaint within 21 days after serving it, as Rule 15(a)(1)(A) expressly permits. Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Conference set for 2/9/2023 at 02:30 PM in Courtroom 3 (KJM) before Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller with a joint status report due 14 days prior. (Coll, A)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Verdera Community Association, et al.,
The court previously ordered plaintiff Johnny Kan to show cause why this action should
not be dismissed for lack of prosecution. ECF No. 17. The court discharges that order to show
cause after reviewing counsel’s declaration in response. See generally Appelbaum Decl., ECF
No. 18. In the same declaration, counsel requests an extension of time to complete service and to
seek leave to amend his complaint. See Appelbaum Decl. ¶ 5.
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4, the court must dismiss an action without
prejudice if a defendant has not been served within 90 days after a complaint is filed. Fed. R.
Civ. P. 4(m). The court must also, however, “extend the time for service for an appropriate
period,” but only if the plaintiff shows “good cause.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). The Ninth Circuit has
also held that a district court has discretion “to extend the time for service” even absent a showing
of good cause. In re Sheehan, 253 F.3d 507, 513 (9th Cir. 2001).
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Kan has not shown good cause to extend the deadline for completing service under
Rule 4(m), but the court exercises its discretion to extend that deadline fourteen days. No
further extensions will be granted. Kan may then amend his complaint within 21 days after
serving it, as Rule 15(a)(1)(A) expressly permits.
A status (pretrial scheduling) conference is set for February 9, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. before
the undersigned, with a joint status report due 14 days prior.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: November 21, 2022.
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