Lee v. County of Santa Cruz et al

Filing 30

ORDER DISMISSING ACTON FOR FAILURE TO SERVE PURSUANT TO FEDERAL RULE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 4(m). Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 1/19/2017. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/19/2017)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 BRIAN LEE, Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 10 COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ, et al., ORDER DISMISSING ACTON FOR FAILURE TO SERVE PURSUANT TO FEDERAL RULE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 4(m) Defendants. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Case No.15-cv-02231-JSC 12 13 Plaintiff filed this action in May 2015. He seeks damages for the County’s trespass on his 14 land and for charging him with illegal grading and cultivation of marijuana. According to 15 Plaintiff, the action arises out of a state court civil action initiated by the County of Santa Cruz for 16 an injunction and penalties for the illegal grading. Plaintiff thus contends that it is premature to 17 require service in this action until that action is resolved. Plaintiff has accordingly received 18 numerous extensions of the deadline for service as trial in the state court action has been 19 repeatedly continued. Most recently, on July 29, 2016, Plaintiff represented that trial was 20 scheduled to occur in October 2016. (Dkt. No. 25.) The Court therefore continued the initial case 21 management conference to November 17, 2016. However, on August 31, 2016, Brian Lee, the 22 plaintiff in this action and a defendant in the related state court action, removed the state court 23 action to federal court thus delaying trial in that action. City of Santa Cruz v. Brian Lee, et al., 16- 24 5010 LHK (Dkt. No. 1). The County’s motion to remand is scheduled for hearing on February 9, 25 2017. 26 On November 28, 2016, the Court ordered Plaintiff to serve Defendants by December 30, 27 2016. (Dkt. No. 29.) The Court warned Plaintiff that that if he failed to file proof of service of the 28 summons and complaint by January 5, 2017 that the action would be dismissed for failure to 1 serve. (Id.) To date, Plaintiff has not filed proof of service of the summons and complaint and has 2 not shown good cause for his failure to do so. 3 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) requires service of the complaint within 90 days of 4 filing and gives the district court discretion to dismiss an action without prejudice for failure to 5 effect timely service after providing notice, and absent a showing of good cause 6 for failure to serve. See Marroquin v. Fernandez–Carr, No. 15-16352, 2016 WL 6892549, at *1 7 (9th Cir. Nov. 23, 2016). Because Plaintiff has failed to serve Defendants and has failed to show 8 good cause for such failure, the Court DISMISSES THIS ACTION WITHOUT PREJUDICE 9 pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: January 19, 2017 12 13 JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States Magistrate Judge 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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