Caldwell v. Compass Entertainment Group LLC et al
ORDER that 12 Motion to Dismiss, or in the alternative, Quash Service is GRANTED to the extent that service of process executed on April 12, 2012 is QUASHED. FURTHER ORDERED that counsel for Defendant file notice within ten days of the entry of this order whether he is authorized to accept service of process on behalf of Defendant Kranzdorf. Signed by Judge Kent J. Dawson on 10/18/12. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Case No. 2:12-CV-00458-KJD-GWF
COMPASS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP,
LLC, et al.,
Presently before the Court is Defendant Jeffrey P. Kranzdorf’s Motion to Dismiss, or in the
alternative, Quash Service (#12). Plaintiff filed a response in opposition (#18) to which Defendant
Kranzdorf replied (#19).
Defendant Kranzdorf moves the Court to dismiss the action or quash service of process for
failure to serve the summons and complaint in compliance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
(“Rule”) 4(e). On April 23, 2012, Plaintiff filed Summons Returned Executed (#10) asserting that
the process server hired by Plaintiff had personally served Plaintiff at his residence on April 12,
2012. Kranzdorf, by affidavit, denies that he was personally served the summons and complaint, but
instead found it on the porch of his California residence. In response, Plaintiff filed the affidavit of
the process server in which he admits that he left the summons and complaint upon the porch, but
only after Kranzdorf refused to answer the door.
Since Plaintiff admits that service of process was not conducted in accordance with Rule 4,
the Court grants Defendant’s motion to quash service of process. Plaintiff should avail himself of
the procedures found in Rule 4(d) for requesting a waiver of service of process. If Kranzdorf fails to
waive service, the cost of later serving the summons and complaint must be imposed on Defendant
by the Court. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2)(A). Furthermore, Plaintiff will be able to collect the
reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, of any motion required to collect those service
expenses. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2)(B). Further, counsel for Defendant Kranzdorf is ordered to
file notice of whether he is authorized to accept service on behalf of Defendant Kranzdorf within
(10) days of the entry of this order.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant Jeffrey P. Kranzdorf’s Motion to
Dismiss, or in the alternative, Quash Service (#12) is GRANTED to the extent that service of
process executed on April 12, 2012 is QUASHED;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel for Defendant file notice within ten (10) days of
the entry of this order whether he is authorized to accept service of process on behalf of Defendant
DATED this 18th day of October 2012.
Kent J. Dawson
United States District Judge
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