IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 17, 2010
GRANT S. PARKINSON ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEP'T ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Plaintiffs, Butte County Jail inmates, are proceeding through counsel with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On May 27, 2010, the court issued an order to show cause for plaintiffs' counsel's failure to file a status report in accordance with the court's February 11, 2010 order. In response, on May 29, 2010, plaintiffs' counsel filed a status report along with a written statement showing cause for the failure to previously file the required report. The court has reviewed plaintiffs' counsel's submissions, and good cause appearing, will discharge its May 27, 2010 order to show cause.
On June 15, 2010, defendants Butte County Sheriff's Department, Marten, and Jones filed their status report in accordance with the court's February 11, 2010 order. Therein, defendants alert the court that defendant California Forensic Medical Group has not yet filed its answer in this action. Although the Clerk of Court has issued a summons for that defendant, the court is unaware, at this time, as to whether plaintiffs have served defendant California Forensic Medical Group.*fn1 Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m), "the court -- on motion or on its own after notice to plaintiff -- must dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time" if "defendant is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed." Accordingly, the court will direct plaintiffs' counsel to file a second status report for the purpose of explaining to the court whether defendant California Forensic Medical Group has been served.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The court's May 27, 2010 order to show cause (Doc. No. 12) is discharged; and
2. Plaintiffs' counsel shall file, within thirty days of the date of this order, a second status report explaining whether defendant California Forensic Medical Group has been served.