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Rackliffe v. Rocha

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


June 11, 2009

BRANDON RACKLIFFE, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ROCHA, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER CLARIFYING SERVICE OF SUMMONS AND AMENDED COMPLAINT

(Doc. 20)

ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO COMPLETE SERVICE WITHIN ONE-HUNDRED TWENTY DAYS

Plaintiff Brandon Rackliffe ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and California law. Plaintiff filed this action on April 20, 2007. On February 9, 2009, the Court found service of Plaintiff's amended complaint appropriate for defendants Rocha and Medina, and forwarded service documents to Plaintiff for completion and return. The order indicated that the Court would direct the United States Marshal to serve the defendants without prepayment of costs.

Upon further review, Plaintiff is not proceeding in forma pauperis in this action and is therefore not entitled to service by the United States Marshal. Accordingly, it is Plaintiff's responsibility to effect service of the summons and amended complaint on Defendants Rocha and Medina. The Clerk of the Court will be directed to issue two summonses to Plaintiff for the purpose of service of process. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4.

Plaintiff shall complete service of process in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 within one-hundred twenty (120) days from the date of service of this order. Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this order on each defendant together with a copy of the summons and amended complaint. The following two sections contain instructions on how to serve Defendants.

I. Waiver of Service

Pursuant to Rule 4(d)(2), Plaintiff may (but is not required to) notify Defendants Rocha and Medina of the commencement of this action and request that they waive service of the summons. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2). If Plaintiff wishes to do this, he must mail each defendant (1) the form entitled "Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver of Service for Summons," (2) the form entitled "Waiver of Service of Summons," and (3) a copy of the amended complaint. The documents must be addressed directly to each defendant (not the Attorney General's Office) and must be dispatched (mailed) through first-class mail. The Waiver of Service of Summons form must set forth the date on which the request is sent and must allow each defendant at least thirty (30) days in which to return the waiver to Plaintiff. If Defendants sign and return the waiver forms to Plaintiff, Plaintiff must then file the forms with the Court. After filing the forms with the Court, Plaintiff need not take any further steps to serve Defendants. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(4).

II. Personal Service

If either (1) Plaintiff does not wish to request Defendants to waive service or (2) one or more of the defendants fail to return the Waiver of Service of Summons form to Plaintiff, Plaintiff must have personal service effected on Defendants. Each defendant must be personally served with a summons and copy of the amended complaint, along with a copy of this order. Plaintiff may not effect personal service himself. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c). Service may be effected by any person who is not a party to this action and who is at least eighteen years old. Id. The Court will provide Plaintiff with a copy of Rule 4 along with this order. Plaintiff should review Rule 4(e)(2), which addresses how personal service may be effected.

III. Conclusion and Order

In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. The Clerk of the Court is directed to issue and send Plaintiff two (2) summonses.

2. The Clerk is further directed to send Plaintiff:

a) One (1) copy of the amended complaint filed February 25, 2008;

b) One (1) copy of the form entitled "Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver of Service of Summons;"

c) One (1) copy of the form entitled "Waiver of Service;"

d) One (1) copy of the form entitled "Consent to Proceed Before United States Magistrate Judge" with instructions; and

e) One (1) copy of Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

3. Plaintiff shall complete service of process on Defendants Rocha and Medina within one-hundred twenty (120) days from the date of service of this order. Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this order and a copy of the form "Consent to Proceed Before United States Magistrate Judge" on Defendants at the time of service of the summons and amended complaint.

4. Plaintiff's failure to timely complete service of the amended complaint on Defendants Rocha and Medina may result in dismissal of this action. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m).

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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