Martinez v. Texas Workforce Commission- Civil Rights Division
ORDER GRANTING Defendant's 6 Motion to Dismiss. All claims asserted by Plaintiff against Defendant in this action are DISMISSED. Signed by Judge Robert Pitman. (klw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION,
Before the Court is the above-entitled action. On this day, the Court considered the Motion
to Dismiss filed by the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division (“Defendant”), (Dkt. 6).
Defendant filed the instant motion pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(4) and
12(b)(5), which provide that a party may assert the defenses of insufficient process and insufficient
service of process. Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(4)–(5).
In the instant case, Plaintiff has failed to properly execute service of process. 1 Although
Plaintiff filed an Affidavit of Service by Mike Techow, an employee of Austin Process LLC who
states that he “deliver[ed] a true copy of the Plaintiff’s Original Complaint” to an authorized agent
of Defendant, (Techow Aff., Dkt. 3, at 1), the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require that a
summons be served with a copy of the complaint. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(1). If sufficient service is
This fact is, in itself, grounds for dismissal. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(4)–(5). However, insufficient process and
insufficient service of process also implicate a court’s authority to exercise personal jurisdiction over a defendant. See
Murphy Bros., Inc. v. Michetti Pipe Stringing, Inc., 526 U.S. 344, 350 (1999) (“Before a court may exercise personal jurisdiction
over a defendant, the procedural requirement of service of summons must be satisfied.”) (quoting Omni Capital Int’l, Ltd.
v. Rudolf Wolff & Co., 484 U.S. 97, 104 (1987)).
not made within 90 days, “the court—on motion or on its own after notice to the plaintiff—must
dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a
specified time.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m).
Here, Plaintiff neither requested a summons from the Clerk of Court nor responded to
Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. 2 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion to
Dismiss, (Dkt. 6), is GRANTED. All claims asserted by Plaintiff against Defendant in this action
SIGNED January 8, 2018.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The Local Rules provide that the Court may grant a dispositive motion as unopposed if a response is not filed within
14 days. W.D. Tex. Local R. (7)(e)(2). Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss was filed on November 3, 2017, (Dkt. 6);
Plaintiff’s response was therefore due on or before November 17, 2017. As of the date of this Order, no response has
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