White v. Spires et al
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: For the foregoing reasons, the Court respectfully RECOMMENDS this action be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE in accordance with Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara D. Holmes on 11/27/2017. (xc:Pro se party by regular mail. ) (DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(jw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
TROOPER CHARLES SPIRES, et al.
Honorable Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., Chief District Judge
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
By Order entered July 12, 2017 (Docket Entry No. 4), the District Judge referred this civil
rights action to the Magistrate Judge for pretrial proceedings under 28 U.S.C. §§ 636(b)(1)(A) and
(B), Rule 72(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Local Rules of Court.
James White (“Plaintiff”) filed this lawsuit pro se on June 29, 2017. He seeks damages under
42 U.S.C. § 1983 and under state law based on allegations that he was mistreated and his
constitutional rights were violated by officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol when he was
arrested and detained on June 30, 2016. By Order entered September 15, 2017 (Docket Entry No. 5),
the Court advised Plaintiff that, in accordance with Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
he was responsible for serving the named Defendants with the summons and complaint within 90
days of the date his complaint was filed. He was further advised that his failure to serve Defendants
within this time period would result in the dismissal of his case. The docket does not indicate that
Defendants have been served with process, and Plaintiff has not communicated with the Court since
filing his complaint.
Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires that the defendants be served with
process within 90 days of the date the action was filed and provides that, in the absence of a showing
of good cause by Plaintiff for why service has not been timely made, the Court "must dismiss" the
action without prejudice. It is also well settled that Federal trial courts have the inherent power to
manage their own dockets. Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 82 S.Ct. 1386, 8 L.Ed.2d 734
(1961). Because Defendants have not been served with process within the time period set out in
Rule 4(m), this action should be dismissed.
For the foregoing reasons, the Court respectfully RECOMMENDS this action be
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE in accordance with Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil
ANY OBJECTIONS to this Report and Recommendation must be filed with the Clerk of
Court within fourteen (14) days of service of this notice and must state with particularity the specific
portions of this Report and Recommendation to which objection is made. Failure to file written
objections within the specified time can be deemed a waiver of the right to appeal the District Court's
Order regarding the Report and Recommendation. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 106 S.Ct. 466,
88 L.Ed.2d 435 (1985); United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947 (6th Cir. 1981).
BARBARA D. HOLMES
United States Magistrate Judge
This Report and Recommendation provides notice to Plaintiff of the Court’s intention to
sua sponte dismiss the action, and the fourteen day period for filing objections provides him with
the opportunity to show good cause why the action should not be dismissed.
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