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Mario Williams v. Jason T. Huffman

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


January 18, 2012

MARIO WILLIAMS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JASON T. HUFFMAN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner, proceeding without counsel and in forma pauperis, in this action seeking relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On May 31, 2011, the court ordered the United States Marshal to serve process upon defendants in this case. The Marshal was directed to attempt to secure a waiver of service before attempting personal service on a 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 9, 2011, the United States Marshal filed a return of service with a USM-285 form showing total charges of $160.60 for effecting personal service on defendant Huffman. The form shows that a waiver of service form was mailed to defendant Huffman on June 22, 2011, and that no response was received.

Rule 4(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides, in pertinent part, as follows:

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. . . .

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)(A), (B).

The court finds that defendant Huffman was given the opportunity required by Rule 4(d) to waive service and has failed to comply with the request.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Within fourteen days from the date of this order defendant Huffman shall pay to the United States Marshal the sum of $160.60, unless within that time defendant Huffman 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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