Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, filed this action seeking relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
On April 14, 2009, the court ordered the United States Marshal to serve process upon the defendant in this case. The Marshal was directed to attempt to secure a waiver of service before attempting personal service on the defendant. If a waiver of service was not returned within sixty days, the Marshal was directed to effect personal service on the defendant in accordance with the provisions of Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 28 U.S.C. § 566(c), without prepayment of costs, and to file the return of service with evidence of any attempt to secure a waiver of service and with evidence of all costs subsequently incurred in effecting personal service.
On December 8, 2009, the United States Marshal filed a return of service with a USM-285 form showing total charges of $159.25 for effecting personal service on defendant Weeks. The form shows that a waiver of service form was mailed to the defendant on May 15, 2009, and that no response was received.
Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides, in pertinent part, as follows:
An individual, corporation, or association that is subject to service under subdivision (e), (f), or (h) and that receives notice of an action in the manner provided in this paragraph has a duty to avoid unnecessary costs of serving the summons....
If a defendant located within the United States fails to comply with a request for waiver made by a plaintiff located within the United States, the court shall impose the costs subsequently incurred in effecting service on the defendant unless good cause for the failure be shown.
The court finds that defendant Weeks was given the opportunity required by Rule 4(d)(2) to waive service and failed to comply with the request.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Within fourteen days from the date of this order defendant Weeks shall pay $159.25 to the U.S. Marshal, unless within that time each defendant files a written statement showing good cause for his failure to waive service. The court does not intend to extend this fourteen day period.
2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order on the U.S. Marshal.
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