O'Neal v. American Shaman Franchise Systems, Inc. et al
ORDER granting 39 motion to determine validity of service. Signed by Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle on 2/16/2021. (DMP)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No. 8:20-cv-936-T-KKM-AAS
AMERICAN SHAMAN FRANCHISE
SYSTEMS, INC., et al.,
Plaintiff Thomas O’Neal asks for an order finding that he has properly served
Defendants Brandon Carnes and Katelyn Sigman. (Doc. 39). Under Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 4(e)(2)(C), a plaintiff may serve an individual by “delivering a copy of
[the summons and the complaint] to an agent authorized by appointment or by law to
receive service of process.” O’Neal’s motion shows that he has acted diligently in his
attempts to serve Carnes and Sigman. Attached to O’Neal’s motion is an affidavit from
his process server, who states that Carnes called the process server from Sigman’s
phone number and gave the process server authorization to serve attorney Shawn
Pickett on behalf of Carnes and Sigman. (Doc. 39-1, ¶¶ 5–6). The process server did
so, and O’Neal filed those executed returns of service on the docket. (Docs. 31, 32).
In the light of these facts, the Court finds that O’Neal properly served Carnes
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and Sigman. Accordingly, O’Neal’s motion to determine the validity of service (Doc.
39) is GRANTED.
ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, on February 16, 2021.
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