IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
March 22, 2010
CHEN HALE, PLAINTIFF,
VACAVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
On March 12, 2010, the United States Marshal's Office filed a memorandum seeking reimbursement for service of process fees pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d)(2). (Dkt. No. 52.) Under that Rule, if a defendant fails, without good cause, to sign and return a waiver requested by a plaintiff located within the United States, the court must impose on the defendant the expenses incurred in effecting service. Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 4(d)(2)(A). The United States Marshal's office indicates that it mailed service of process to defendant Vacaville Housing Authority on December 14, 2009. (Dkt. No. 51.) There is no evidence in the record that Defendant Vacaville Housing Authority returned or executed a waiver. As a result, the Marshal effectuated personal service on defendant Vacaville Housing Authority on March 8, 2010. Id. The Marshal has indicated that it incurred a total of $145.00 in costs related to personal service on this defendant. Id.
The Marshal is entitled to the costs sought. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d) provides, in relevant part:
(d) Waiving Service.
(1) Requesting a Waiver. An individual, corporation, or association that is subject to service under Rule 4(e), (f), or (h) has a duty to avoid unnecessary expenses of serving the summons. The plaintiff may notify such a defendant that an action has been commenced and request that the defendant waive service of a summons....
(2) Failure to Waive. If a defendant located within the United States fails, without good cause, to sign and return a waiver requested by a plaintiff located within the United States, the court must impose on the defendant:
(A) the expenses later incurred in making service; and
(B) the reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees, of any motion required to collect those service expenses.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(1), (2). The undersigned finds that defendant Vacaville Housing Authority was given an opportunity to waive service as provided in Rule 4(d)(2), but failed to do so.
For the foregoing reasons, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
Within 14 days of the date of service of this order, defendant Vacaville Housing Authority shall either pay to the United States Marshals Service the sum of $145.00 or, alternatively, file with the court a written statement showing good cause for failing to waive service. Payment should be mailed to: U.S. Marshal's Service, 501 I Street, Suite 5600, Sacramento, California 95814. The Clerk of Court shall serve a copy of this order on the United States Marshals Service.
IT IS SO ORDERED
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