Jones v. Dolan Connly P.C. et al
Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV: ORDER entered denying 46 Motion for Default Judgment; denying 47 Motion for Default Judgment; denying 48 Motion for Default Judgment (Halley, Taylor)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
DOLAN CONNLY, P.C.; JAMES W. DOLAN; )
BARBARA D. CONNLY; KATHLEEN M.
ALLEN; DAVID A. MARSOCCI; BANK OF
NEW YORK MELLON; GREGORY A.
CONNLY; ORLANS, P.C.; LINDA ORLANS; )
ALISON ORLANS; JANE DOE;
JOHN DOE; and SELECT PORTFOLIO
Civil Action No.
The motions of plaintiff Paul Jones for a default judgment against defendants Orlans
P.C., Linda Orlans, and Alison Orlans (Docket Nos. 46, 47, and 48) will be denied. It does not
appear that service of process has been properly effected in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4.
According to the returns of service, service was effected by certified mail (Docket Nos. 21, 22,
and 23). Delivery by certified mail does not constitute sufficient service of process under Rule 4.
See, e.g., Payne v. Massachusetts, WL 5583117 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2010). Proper service of
process, or a waiver of service, is a necessary step to establish this Court’s personal jurisdiction,
and a default judgment entered by a court lacking jurisdiction over the defendant is void. See
Precision Etching & Findings, Inc. v. LGP Gem, LTD, 953 F.2d 21, 23 (1st Cir. 1992).
Furthermore, and in any event, the Court will not enter a partial judgment as to only some
defendants and not others.
The motion for a default judgment is therefore DENIED. It is further ordered that the
defaults entered by the clerk as to defendants Orlans P.C.; Linda Orlans; and Alison Orlans
(Docket Nos. 41 and 42) are hereby VACATED. Plaintiff shall effectuate proper service, and
demonstrate proof of service, on defendants Orlans P.C., Linda Orlans, and Alison Orlans within
45 days of this order, or the claims against those defendants will be dismissed without prejudice.
/s/ F. Dennis Saylor __
F. Dennis Saylor IV
United States District Judge
Dated: October 8, 2019
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