United States of America v. Potter
ORDER granting 3 Motion for Alternate Service. Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 11-12899
ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR ALTERNATE SERVICE
Before the court is Plaintiff’s motion for alternate service. Plaintiff states that its
process server has made six attempts at service at different times of the day at the
known address of Defendant David Potter. Plaintiff has also tried service by certified
mail, but was unsuccessful. Plaintiff contends that it appears that Defendant is evading
service and Plaintiff thus asks the court for permission to effect service by alternate
Service of a complaint filed in a federal court is proper by any method permitted
for serving a complaint by the state in which the federal court is located. Fed. R. Civ. P.
4(e)(1). Under Michigan law, “the court may by order permit service of process to be
made in any other manner reasonably calculated to give the defendant actual notice of
the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard.” Mich. Ct. R. 2.105(I)(1). Such
alternative service may only be ordered upon “a showing that service of process cannot
reasonably be made as provided” otherwise. Mich. Ct. R. 2.105(I)(1). Tacking a copy
of the summons and complaint to the door of the address of a defendant may be
considered a “manner reasonably calculated to give the defendant actual notice,”
especially when accompanied by a mailing. See Dehaan v. Tsarnas, No. 289967, 2010
WL 2384921, at *4 (Mich. Ct. App. June 15, 2010) (per curiam); Bennett v. Davidson,
No. 250694, 2005 WL 1123603, at *1 (Mich. Ct. App. May 12, 2005) (per curiam).
Here, Plaintiff has made the requisite showing that service of process cannot
reasonably be made as provided in the rules due to Defendant’s apparent evasion.
Therefore, the court will grant the motion and allow alternate service by a combination
of posting on Defendant’s front door, publication in a local newspaper, and first class
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s “Motion for Alternate Service” [Dkt. # 3] is
GRANTED and alternate service is ALLOWED as specified above.
s/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: October 26, 2011
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
on this date, October 26, 2011, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
S:\Cleland\JUDGE'S DESK\C3 ORDERS\11-12899.POTTER.GrantAlternateService.chd.wpd
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?