ME2 Productions Inc v. Doe 1 et al

Filing 19

ORDER granting plaintiff's 14 Motion for Extension of Time signed by Judge Robert S. Lasnik.(RS)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 ME2 PRODUCTIONS, INC., 8 9 10 11 Plaintiff, Case No. C17-0783RSL v. NERA IMELDA, et al., ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME Defendants. 12 13 This matter comes before the Court on plaintiff’s motion for an extension of time 14 in which to serve the complaint. Dkt. # 14. A party generally has 90 days after a 15 complaint is filed in which to serve the defendant. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). It can be 16 challenging to meet this deadline in BitTorrent cases where plaintiff must first conduct 17 discovery from the ISP before it can identify and serve the defendant. It can be done, 18 however, and the Court expects a good faith effort to comply with the service deadline. 19 Plaintiff has made such an effort here. There was a slight delay in granting leave to 20 conduct expedited discovery and in receiving the ISP’s response. Plaintiff appropriately 21 limited its efforts to pursue an out-of-court settlement of the case, then utilized the waiver 22 of service procedure set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d). The waivers are due within weeks of 23 the original service deadline, and plaintiff seeks a limited extension in which to 24 accomplish personal service if necessary. 25 26 ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME - 1 1 The motion for an extension of time is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall have an 2 additional three weeks, until September 7, 2017, to file proofs of waiver/service as to all 3 defendants or a second motion for extension of time detailing the efforts made to 4 accomplish service. 5 6 Dated this 17th day of August, 2017. 7 A 8 Robert S. Lasnik United States District Judge 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME - 2

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