UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 23, 2008
DIANA NAPOLIS, PLAINTIFF,
MICHAEL AQUINO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: William Q. Hayes United States District Judge
On July 18, 2008, Plaintiff filed the Ex Parte Application Requesting Permission to Extend Time for Service of Process (Doc. # 8). Plaintiff moves to extend the time for service of process beyond the 120 day period prescribed in Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on grounds that there is good cause for failure to serve defendants within the specified 120 days. In support of the Ex Parte Application, Plaintiff submitted her declaration, where Plaintiff attests that she has made significant efforts over the past four months to discover an address where she can serve the defendants. Plaintiff attests that she believes that defendants Michael Aquino, Michelle Devereaux, Mark Sauer and Tanya Lysenko are avoiding legal service, and that she is still attempting to effect service on defendant Carol Hopkins. Plaintiff attests that defendants Elizabeth Loftus and San Diego State University have been served, and that she "is dismissing Defendant David Copley from this complaint." Napolis Decl, ¶ 11.
Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides: If a defendant is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed, the court . . . must dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time. But if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure, the court must extend the time for service for an appropriate period.
FED. R. CIV. P. 4(m).
The Court concludes that Plaintiff has shown good cause for failing to serve Defendants Aquino, Devereaux, Lysenko, Hopkins and Sauer. The Ex Parte Application Requesting Permission to Extend Time for Service of Process (Doc. # 8) is GRANTED with respect to Defendants Aquino, Devereaux, Lysenko, Hopkins and Sauer. The Court extends that time to serve Defendants Aquino, Devereaux, Lysenko, Hopkins and Sauer to September 8, 2008. Plaintiff must filed proof of service with respect to these defendants on or before September 8, 2008, or these defendants will be dismissed without prejudice.
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