Hernandez v. United States of America

Filing 8

ORDER: The government's motion to dismiss 7 is granted. Plaintiff's motion to correct filing 4 is denied. Signed on 12/16/10 by Judge Ancer L. Haggerty. (kb)

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Hernandez v. United States of America Doc. 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Petitioner Pro Se 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Quinn P. Harrington TRIAL ATTORNEY, TAX DIVISION United States Department of Justice P.O. Box 683 Ben Franklin Station Washington, D.C. 20044-0683 Attorney for Defendant HAGGERTY, District Judge: Plaintiff Luis Hernandez seeks to quash a summons issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to "Wells Fargo Bank National Association." 1 - ORDER Defendant United States moves to dismiss the Luis A. Hernandez 17206 S.E. Julie Place Portland, Oregon 97236 v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent. LUIS HERNANDEZ, Petitioner, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF OREGON PORTLAND DIVISION ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. ORDER CV-10-1451-HU Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 petition for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. motion. I grant the Plaintiff initially filed a miscellaneous civil action in this Court on August 31, 2010, which was assigned case number 10-CV9181, and in which plaintiff sought to quash the same summons as is at issue in this matter. In the miscellaneous case, the United States moved to dismiss for failure to effect proper service and for failure to state a claim. In response to the government's ineffective service argument, plaintiff filed this civil action on November 24, 2010, in order to obtain a summons which he could serve on the government. The right to challenge a third-party IRS summons is created by statute. Under 26 U.S.C. 7609(b)(1), a person entitled to notice of a summons may petition to quash such a summons, however, such a proceeding must be initiated "not later than the 20th day after the day such notice is given." 26 U.S.C. 7609(b)(2)(A). The record shows that plaintiff received notice of the summons on August 26, 2010. He filed this action on November 24, 2010, As such, the United more than twenty days after receiving notice. States has not waived its sovereign immunity to this action and it must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. E.g., Ponsford v. United States, 771 F.2d 1305, 1309 (9th Cir. 1985) ("[T]he twenty-day limit must be strictly construed because it is a condition precedent to the waiver of sovereign immunity. . . [A] district court does not have jurisdiction under 7609(h)(1) where the plaintiff has failed to comply with the twenty-day filing requirement of 7609(b)(2)(A)."); Strong v. United States, 57 F. Supp. 2d 908, 915 (N.D. Cal. 1999) (noting that the twenty-day rule 2 - ORDER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 is "jurisdictional in nature."). Plaintiff also seeks to consolidate this action with the miscellaneous action. Although his motion is entitled "Motion to Correct Filing," it is clear that he seeks to consolidate the actions. Because, in a separate Opinion and Order, I dismiss the action on the merits, there is no basis for miscellaneous consolidation. CONCLUSION The government's motion to dismiss [7] is granted. Plaintiff's motion to correct filing [4] is denied. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated this 16th day of December , 2010. /a/ Ancer L. Haggerty Ancer Haggerty United States District Judge 3 - ORDER

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