HEFFLEY v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS FCI FORT DIX et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER vacating the order to show cause 35 considering Plaintiff's response. Signed by Judge Noel L. Hillman on 6/23/2022. (dmr)(n.m.)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
Civ. No. 17-3647 (NLH)(SAK)
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS
FCI FORT DIX, et al.,
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Otisville, NY 10963
HILLMAN, District Judge
WHEREAS, Plaintiff Travis Heffley filed a complaint naming
unidentified members of the Extraction Team at FCI Fort Dix as
defendants, ECF No. 1; and
WHEREAS, the Court reviewed the complaint under 28 U.S.C. §
1915(e)(2) and concluded sua sponte dismissal was not
appropriate, ECF No. 7.
However, the Court acknowledged that
the Complaint could not be served on unknown John Doe
defendants, and thus, the Court authorized discovery pursuant to
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(d) and 34(c) limited to
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discovering the identities of the John Doe members of the Fort
Dix Extraction Team.
WHEREAS, after Plaintiff provided the Court with names for
the John Doe defendants, the Court directed the Clerk’s Office
to substitute the named defendants and to issue U.S. Marshal 285
Forms to Plaintiff for service, ECF No. 13; and
WHEREAS, the Court directed the Clerk’s Office to send
Plaintiff 285 Forms on three occasions: November 9, 2020 (ECF
No. 17); July 2, 2021 (ECF No. 25); and September 21, 2021 (ECF
The docket indicates the Clerk’s Office complied and
mailed 285 forms on these dates.
ECF Nos. 18, 26, and 30; and
WHEREAS, the Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause why this
matter should not be dismissed for lack of service and failure
to comply with this Court’s orders, ECF No. 35; and
WHEREAS, Plaintiff submitted 285 Forms in response to the
Court’s order, ECF No. 36-1.
He states that he was unable to
complete the forms because he did not have Defendants’
addresses, ECF No. 36; and
WHEREAS, the Court will vacate the Order to Show Cause
because Plaintiff has submitted the requested forms.
will address Plaintiff’s request for assistance with service
IT IS therefore on this
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ORDERED that the order to show cause, ECF No. 35, be, and
hereby is, vacated considering Plaintiff’s response; and it is
ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall send a copy of
this Order to Plaintiff by regular U.S. mail.
s/ Noel L. Hillman
NOEL L. HILLMAN, U.S.D.J.
At Camden, New Jersey
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