Meneweather v. Powell et al

Filing 10

ORDER. Signed by Judge ARMSTRONG on 11/13/08. (lrc, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/14/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 v. B. POWELL, et al., IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA TOMAS L. MENEWEATHER, Plaintiff, No. C 07-04204 SBA (PR) ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO PROVIDE REQUIRED INFORMATION NECESSARY TO LOCATE DEFENDANTS RINCON AND REYES Defendants. / Plaintiff filed the instant pro se civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The Court issued an Order of Service, directing the United States Marshal to serve a summons and complaint on Defendants. Service has been ineffective on Defendants Rincon and Reyes. The Court has been informed that there are two officers with the last name of Rincon at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) and that there are five officers with the last name of Reyes at SVSP. As Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis (IFP), he is responsible for providing the Court with current addresses for all Defendants so that service can be accomplished. See Walker v. Sumner, 14 F.3d 1415, 1422 (9th Cir. 1994); Sellers v. United States, 902 F.2d 598, 603 (7th Cir. 1990). Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m), if a complaint is not served within 120 days from the filing of the complaint, it may be dismissed without prejudice for failure of service. When advised of a problem accomplishing service, a pro se litigant proceeding IFP must "attempt to remedy any apparent defects of which [he] has knowledge." Rochon v. Dawson, 828 F.2d 1107, 1110 (5th Cir. 1987). If the marshal is unable to effectuate service through no fault of his own, e.g., because Plaintiff failed to provide sufficient information or because the defendant is not where Plaintiff claims, and Plaintiff is informed, Plaintiff must seek to remedy the situation or face dismissal. See Walker, 14 F.3d at 1421-22 (prisoner failed to show cause why prison official should not be 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 dismissed under Rule 4(m) because prisoner did not prove that he provided marshal with sufficient information to serve official or that he requested that official be served); see also Del Raine v. Williford, 32 F.3d 1024, 1029-31 (7th Cir. 1994) (prisoner failed to show good cause for failing to timely effect service on defendant because plaintiff did not provide marshal with copy of amended complaint until after more than 120 days after it was filed). Service has been attempted by the United States Marshals Service and has failed with respect to the aforementioned Defendants. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order, Plaintiff must provide the Court with the required information necessary to locate each of these Defendants, including the first name or initial of Defendants Rincon and Reyes. Failure to do so shall result in the dismissal of all claims against these Defendants. If Plaintiff provides the Court with aforementioned required information, service shall again be attempted. If service fails a second time, all claims against these Defendants shall be dismissed. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: 11/13/08 SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG United States District Judge P:\PRO-SE\SBA\CR.07\Meneweather4204.REQp2aintiff2fileINFO.frm l 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA TOMAS L MENEWEATHER, Plaintiff, v. B POWELL et al, Defendant. / Case Number: CV07-04204 SBA CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. That on November 14, 2008, I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. Tomas Lopez Meneweather D35219 Salinas Valley State Prison P.O. Box 1050 Soledad, CA 93960 Dated: November 14, 2008 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: LISA R CLARK, Deputy Clerk P:\PRO-SE\SBA\CR.07\Meneweather4204.REQp3aintiff2fileINFO.frm l

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