Dubanowich v. Autumnwood Homes, Inc. et al
THIRD SHOW CAUSE ORDER and REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The Magistrate Judge RECOMMENDS that Defendants Brian Knoppe, Chris Knoppe, and Kim Knoppe be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failure to timely effect service under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). Show Cause Response due WITHIN FOURTEEN (14) DAYS of the date of this Order. Objections to R&R due by 2/22/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge Chelsey M. Vascura on 2/8/2018. (kpt)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Civil Action 2:17-cv-622
Judge Michael H. Watson
Magistrate Judge Chelsey M. Vascura
AUTUMNWOOD HOMES, INC., et al.,
THIRD SHOW CAUSE ORDER and REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Plaintiff initiated this action on July 17, 2017, by filing a Complaint against Defendants
Autumnwood Homes, Inc., Autumnwood Funding, Brian Knoppe, Chris Knoppe, and Kim
Knoppe. (ECF No. 1.) After the Court issued its first Show Cause Order on November 30,
2017, (ECF No. 2), Plaintiff responded and was granted an extension of time to effect service
over all Defendants. (ECF Nos. 4 & 6.) The Court issued its Second Show Cause Order on
January 18, 2018, (ECF No. 7), ordering Plaintiff to file proof of service within fourteen days of
the date of the Order or to provide good cause for another extension to effect service. On
January 31, 2018, Plaintiff filed proof that the summons were returned as executed for
Defendants Autumnwood Funding and Autumnwood Homes, Inc., but has not provided any
indication that Brian Knoppe, Chris Knoppe, or Kim Knoppe were properly served in their
Thus, this matter is before the Court for two reasons. First, because Plaintiff has failed to
timely effect service over Brian Knoppe, Chris Knoppe, and Kim Knoppe, the undersigned
RECOMMENDS those three named Defendants be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE
for failure to timely effect service under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m).
Second, Plaintiff’s proof-of-service affidavits reflect a service date of December 13,
2017, for Defendants Autumnwood Homes, Inc. and Autumnwood Funding. Based upon this
service date, these Defendants were required to file an answer or responsive pleading by January
3, 2018. To date, neither of these Defendants have filed an answer or other responsive pleading.
Nor has Plaintiff applied for and obtained an entry of default from the Clerk pursuant to Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 55(a). Pursuant to Local Civil Rule, 55.1(a), Plaintiff is ORDERED to
SHOW CAUSE WITHIN FOURTEEN (14) DAYS of the date of this Order why the claims
against Defendants Autumnwood Homes, Inc. and Autumnwood Funding should not be
dismissed for want of prosecution under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) unless she has
applied for an entry of default from the Clerk in the interim for those Defendants over which she
has properly served pursuant to Rule 4(h).
PROCEDURE ON OBJECTIONS
If any party seeks review by the District Judge of this Report and Recommendation, that
party may, within fourteen (14) days, file and serve on all parties objections to the Report and
Recommendation, specifically designating this Report and Recommendation, and the part in
question, as well as the basis for objection. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b).
Response to objections must be filed within fourteen (14) days after being served with a copy.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b).
The parties are specifically advised that the failure to object to the Report and
Recommendation will result in a waiver of the right to de novo review by the District Judge and
waiver of the right to appeal the judgment of the District Court. See, e.g., Pfahler v. Nat’l Latex
Prod. Co., 517 F.3d 816, 829 (6th Cir. 2007) (holding that “failure to object to the magistrate
judge’s recommendations constituted a waiver of [the defendant’s] ability to appeal the district
court’s ruling”); United States v. Sullivan, 431 F.3d 976, 984 (6th Cir. 2005) (holding that
defendant waived appeal of district court’s denial of pretrial motion by failing to timely object to
magistrate judge’s report and recommendation). Even when timely objections are filed,
appellate review of issues not raised in those objections is waived. Robert v. Tesson, 507 F.3d
981, 994 (6th Cir. 2007) (“[A] general objection to a magistrate judge’s report, which fails to
specify the issues of contention, does not suffice to preserve an issue for appeal . . . .”) (citation
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Chelsey M. Vascura
CHELSEY M. VASCURA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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