The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiffs are proceeding without counsel and in forma pauperis in
this action, and service of process has, for the most part, been
effectuated through the United States Marshals Service.*fn1
The United States Marshals Service, Civil Division
("Marshal") has requested reimbursement of its expenses incurred in
connection with its personal service on the following defendants:
1. Dewey Harpainter (see Dkt. Nos. 124-25);
2. Sean Metroka, Teresa Long, Candace Heidelberger, Thomas Anderson, Delores Spindler, Hilary Berardi (formerly known as Hilary Burget), Audrey Golden, Connie Beckett, and Kiera Jefferson (hereinafter, "Judicial Defendants") (see Dkt. No. 128);
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3. Sue Roderick, Donald R. Staggs, Kathy Hammen McBride (a.k.a. Kathy Jo McBride), Jan Paul Miller, Steven Tinsley, (hereinafter, Federal Defendants") (see Dkt. Nos. 139-40, 157-62, 172-73, 191-92, 195-96); and
4. John Taylor (see Dkt. Nos. 141-42).
After granting plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis and dismissing the Second Amended Complaint, the court ordered plaintiffs to "complete service of process of their Third Amended Complaint, as set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 4." (Order, Aug. 24, 2009, Dkt. No. 56.) It appears that plaintiffs, who are proceeding in forma pauperis, used the Marshal to effectuate service of the Third Amended Complaint and process on certain named defendants, consistent with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(c)(3).
In regards to Harpainter, the Judicial Defendants, the Federal Defendants, and Taylor, the Marshal seeks reimbursement for the costs incurred in effectuating personal service. Other than the Judicial Defendants, none of the other defendants had yet appeared in the action prior to entry of the court's order regarding service of the Third Amended Complaint.
In regards to waivers of service, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d) provides, in relevant part:
(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 ...