MURPHY v. CROOME et al
ORDER dismissing Plaintiff's claims against Defendants Maryann Croome, JEC Properties LLC, and Sandersville Police Department. The Clerk is directed to close this case since the only other named Defendant has already been terminated. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE TILMAN E SELF, III on 9/8/2021. (chc)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
MARYANN CROOME, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO.
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
On August 18, 2021, the Court ordered Plaintiff Yvonne Murphy to show cause
why her claims against Defendants Maryann Croome, JEC Properties LLC, and
Sandersville Police Department should not be dismissed for lack of service pursuant to
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). 1 [Doc. 8]. Plaintiff was given 14 days to respond
to the Court’s Show Cause Order [Doc. 8], and she was warned that the failure to fully
and timely respond to it would result in the immediate dismissal of her claims against
the aforementioned Defendants. [Id. at p. 2]. More than 14 days have passed, and
Plaintiff has not responded to the Show Cause Order.
Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires a plaintiff to serve each defendant with a copy of
both the summons and the complaint within the time allowed by Rule 4(m) unless a defendant waives
service. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(1), (d). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) requires a plaintiff to serve
those copies upon a defendant within 90 days after the filing of the complaint.
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Because Plaintiff has failed to comply with the Court’s instructions and orders
and otherwise failed to adhere to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m), the Court
DISMISSES her claims against Defendants Maryann Croome, JEC Properties LLC, and
Sandersville Police Department. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Brown v. Tallahassee Police
Dep’t, 205 F. App’x 802, 802 (11th Cir. 2006) (per curiam) (first citing Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b)
and then citing Lopez v. Aransas Cnty. Indep. Sch. Dist., 570 F.2d 541, 544 (5th Cir. 1978))
(“The court may dismiss an action sua sponte under Rule 41(b) for failure to prosecute or
failure to obey a court order.”).
Accordingly, Defendants Maryann Croome, JEC Properties LLC, and
Sandersville Police Department are hereby terminated as parties to this action. And,
since the only other named Defendant has been terminated 2, the Clerk of Court is
DIRECTED to CLOSE this case.
SO ORDERED, this 8th day of September, 2021.
S/ Tilman E. Self, III
TILMAN E. SELF, III, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
Defendant Washington County Board of Commissioners filed a Motion to Dismiss [Doc. 5] in response
to Plaintiff’s Complaint [Doc. 1]. The Court granted this dismissal motion and then terminated Defendant
Washington County Board of Commissioners as a party to this action on August 20, 2021. See [Doc. 9].
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