Dillingham v. Scruggs et al

Filing 28

NOTICE REGARDING INABILITY TO SERVE DEFENDANT M. CATS. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 9/18/2014. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service)(fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/18/2014)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 JERRY DILLINGHAM, Case No. 12-cv-06537-YGR (PR) Plaintiff, 8 NOTICE REGARDING INABILITY TO SERVE DEFENDANT M. CATS v. 9 10 EVA SCRUGGS, et al., Defendants. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 Service has been ineffective on Defendant M. Cats. The Court has been informed that there are “no records of this Defendant ever working at [Salinas Valley State Prison].” Dkt. 27. While Plaintiff may rely on service by the United States Marshal, “a plaintiff may not 16 remain silent and do nothing to effectuate such service. At a minimum, a plaintiff should request 17 service upon the appropriate defendants and attempt to remedy any apparent defects of which [he] 18 19 20 21 has knowledge.” Rochon v. Dawson, 828 F.2d 1107, 1110 (5th Cir. 1987). If the marshal is unable to effectuate service and the plaintiff is so informed, the plaintiff must seek to remedy the situation or face dismissal of the claims regarding that defendant under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m) (providing that if service of the summons and complaint is not made upon a defendant in 120 days after the filing of the complaint, the action must be dismissed 22 without prejudice as to that defendant absent a showing of “good cause”); see also Walker v. 23 Sumner, 14 F.3d 1415, 1421-22 (9th Cir. 1994) (prisoner failed to show cause why prison official 24 25 26 27 28 should not be dismissed under Rule 4(m) because prisoner did not prove that he provided marshal with sufficient information to serve official). No later than twenty-eight (28) days from the date of this Order, Plaintiff must provide the Court with current address for Defendant Cats. Plaintiff should review the federal discovery 1 rules, Rules 26-37 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, for guidance about how to determine 2 the current address of Defendant Cats. 3 If Plaintiff fails to provide the Court with the current address of Defendant Cats 4 within the twenty-eight-day deadline, all claims against this Defendant will be dismissed 5 without prejudice under Rule 4(m). 6 7 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 18, 2014 ______________________________________ YVONNE GONZALEZ ROGERS United States District Court Judge 8 9 10 P:\PRO-SE\YGR\CR.12\Dillingham5537REQplaintiff2fileINFO.docx United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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