Alvarado v. Aviation Institute of Maintenance et al
ORDER denying plaintiff's 8 motion for default judgment; 12 plaintiff's second motion for default judgment; 17 plaintiff's motion for protective order; and 19 plaintiff's motion to strike opposition to motion and answer. Signed on 10/9/13 by Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. (Enss, Rhonda)*** Modified on 10/9/2013 to reflect that a copy of the Order to plaintiff, Jeffrey G. Alvarado, 132 SE 125 Rd, Warrensburg, MO 64093 (Wheeler, LaTandra).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JEFFREY G. ALVARADO,
AVIATION INSTITUTE OF MAINTENANCE,
ADRIAN ROTHROCK, DAMON COOK,
JIM DONAHOE, and
TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC.,
) No. 13-0859-CV-W-FJG
Currently pending before the Court is plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment
(Doc. # 8), plaintiff’s second motion for default judgment (Doc. # 12), plaintiff’s motion
for a Protective Order (Doc. # 17) and plaintiff’s Motion to Strike Suggestions in
Opposition to the Motion and Defendants’ Answer (Doc. # 19).
Plaintiff filed his Complaint on August 29, 2013. Plaintiff attempted to serve the
Complaint upon defendants by sending copies of the Complaint via certified mail. On
September 20, 2013, plaintiff filed a Motion for Default Judgment. On September 23,
2013, defendants filed an Answer to the Complaint and Suggestions in Opposition to
the Motion for Default. Defendants argue that plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment
should be denied because plaintiff did not accomplish proper service under the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure or in accordance with Missouri law. Defendants state that they
have contemporaneously filed an Answer in this case and have agreed to waive service
under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. On September 24, 2013, plaintiff filed a
second motion for default judgment. In his Motion, plaintiff states only that he is
requesting default judgment and that in support of the request, he is relying upon the
record of the case. Plaintiff has also filed a Motion to Strike defendants’ Suggestions in
Opposition to the Motion to Strike and their Answer.
Plaintiff attempted to serve all defendants by certified mail. Fed.R.Civ.P. 4
describes the manner in which service is accomplished. Fed.R.Civ.P. 4(e) describes
the various methods in which an individual may be served. The rule states that an
individual may be served by:
(1) following state law for serving a summons in an action brought in courts of
general jurisdiction in the state where the district court is located or where
service is made; or
(2) doing any of the following:
(A) delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the individual
(B) leaving a copy of each at the individual’s dwelling or usual place of abode
with someone of suitable age and discretion who resides there; or
(C) delivering a copy of each to an agent authorized by appointment or by law
to receive service of process.
For corporations, partnerships and associations, the Federal Rules state that
service may be accomplished:
(1) in a judicial district of the United States:
(A) in the manner prescribed by Rule 4(e)(1) for serving an individual; or
(B) by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an officer, a
managing or general agent, or any other agent authorized by appointment
or by law to receive service of process and – if the agent is one authorized
by statute and the statute so requires- by also mailing a copy of each to
the defendant .
The Federal Rules, through a process called Waiver of Service, also allow a
plaintiff to send the defendant a copy of the summons and complaint through the mail.
However, there are very specific requirements which the plaintiff must follow in
requesting that the defendant to waive service. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 4(d). For example,
the rule requires that the plaintiff send to the defendant a copy of the Complaint along
with two copies of the waiver form, as well as a prepaid means for returning the form. In
the instant case, it is not disputed that plaintiff failed to follow the requirements for
waiver of service. However, the defendants have nonetheless agreed to waive service
and have now filed answers to both the initial Complaint and plaintiff’s Amended
Complaint. Therefore, plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment (Doc. # 8), plaintiff’s
second motion for default judgment (Doc. # 12) and plaintiff’s Motion to Strike
Suggestions in Opposition to the Motion and Defendants’ Answer (Doc. # 19) are
Plaintiff has also filed a Motion for a Protective Order (Doc. # 17), requesting that
the Court issue a Protective Order “covering Plaintiff, and wife, two sons, and one
grandson from the defendants.” Plaintiff is apparently requesting protection because he
was served with a summons from defendant Technical Services to appear at the
Virginia Beach General District Court in relation to a civil claim for money owed to
Technical Services. Plaintiff states that Technical Services “used my employee
information to make account in my name, assign $9600.00 debt, with an interest rate,
and handling fees and suing for dubious debt in the common wealth court.” Plaintiff
states that this action is “criminal, improper use of employee information, assaulting
Plaintiff family financially, if not possible eventually physically harm to my family.”
(Motion for Protective Order, p. 2). The Court is without authority to enter a Protective
Order relating to the action which is pending in the Virginia court. Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(c)
states in part, “[a] party or any person from whom discovery is sought may move for a
protective order in the court where the action is pending . . .The court may, for good
cause, issue an order to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment,
oppression, or undue burden or expense . . ..” Thus, because the action filed by
Technical Services is pending in a different court, this Court has no authority to enter an
Order relating to that action. Therefore, plaintiff’s Motion for a Protective Order is
hereby DENIED (Doc. # 17).
Date: October 9, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri
S/ FERNANDO J. GAITAN, JR.
Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr.
Chief United States District Judge
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