Taylor v. Anderson et al
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS that the District Judge DISMISS WITHOUT PREJUDICE all claims against Defendants Ken Anderson, John Bradley and the Texas Board of Insurance filed by Charles Curtiss Taylor, Jr. Signed by Judge Andrew W. Austin. (klw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CHARLES CURTISS TAYLOR, JR.,
KENNETH ANDERSON, et al.,
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
THE HONORABLE SAM SPARKS
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The Magistrate Judge submits this Report and Recommendation to the United States District
Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §636(b) and Rule 1 of Appendix C of the Local Court Rules of the
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Local Rules for the Assignment of
Duties to United States Magistrate Judges.
On February 11, 2014, and March 6, 2014, the Court issued orders for the Plaintiff to show
cause why the claims in this case against defendants Kenneth Anderson, John Bradley, and the Texas
Board of Insurance should not be dismissed for failure to timely serve the complaint. The order gave
Mr. Taylor until March 14, 2014, to show cause. He has failed to respond to the order with any
evidence as to how he has properly served any of these defendants, despite the passage of more than
six months from the order. Rather, all he has submitted are copies of two “green cards” from the US
Postal Service indicating that he mailed something (presumably the summons and the complaint)
to Anderson and Bradley as follows:
“Judge” Ken Anderson
277th District Court
109 Criminal Justice Annex
405 M.L.K. Box 6
Georgetown, Texas 78626
John Bradley, Former District Attorney
for Williamson County, Texas
405 M.L.K. Box 1
Georgetown, Texas 78627
The green cards reflect that a person signing as “Stacy Viduare” received the documents on June 24,
The Court has previously addressed this method of service, and explained why it is
inadequate under both federal and state law. Dkt. No. 27 at 14-16. Further, as to Bradley, the green
card on its face indicates that the service is inadequate, since it was sent to Bradley’s former
workplace. Finally, Taylor has submitted nothing to indicate that he has served the Texas Board of
Insurance. As the Court explained in the order for Taylor to show cause, under FED. R. CIV. P. 4(m),
Taylor had 120 days after the filing of the complaint to serve the Defendants. Although it appears
that Taylor attempted to serve Anderson and Bradley, as explained above that service failed to
comply with the rules. It appears that Taylor has not served the Texas Board of Insurance. FED. R.
CIV. P. 4(m) provides that “[i]f a defendant is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed,
the court . . . must dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant.” More than a 15
months have passed since this case was filed.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that the district judge DISMISS
WITHOUT PREJUDICE all of the claims in this case against Defendants Ken Anderson, John
Bradley, and the Texas Board of Insurance, pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 4(m).
SIGNED this the 8th day of September, 2014.
ANDREW W. AUSTIN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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