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Raymond Hill v. T. Aw

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


January 5, 2011

RAYMOND HILL,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
T. AW, INCURRED I N EFFECTING SERVICE
DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DISCHARGING ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE, AND REQUIRING DEFENDANT AW TO PAY TO THE UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE THE COSTS

(Docs. 24 and 26)

On January 15, 2010, the Court ordered the United States Marshals Service to serve process upon Defendant Aw.*fn1 The Marshal was directed to attempt to secure a waiver of service before attempting personal service. If the waiver of service was not returned within sixty days, the Marshal was directed to effect personal service 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 July 12, 2010, the Marshal filed a return of service with a USM-285 form showing charges of $65.45 for effecting personal service on Defendant Aw. The form shows that a waiver of service form was mailed to Defendant Aw on February 3, 2010, but no response was received. Defendant Aw did not make an appearance in the case before personal service was executed.

Rule 4 provides that "[a]n 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." Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(1). "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 . . . the expenses later incurred in making service . . . ." Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2)(A).

Defendant Aw was given the opportunity to show good cause for failing to waive service as required by Rule 4(d)(1). On January 4, 2011, Defendant Aw filed a statement of non-opposition to the order and accepted responsibility for the service fees. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Within twenty (20) days from the date of this order, Defendant Aw shall pay to the United States Marshals Service, Civil Division, the sum of $65.45; and

2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order on the United States Marshal Service, Civil Division, in Sacramento, California.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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