UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 3, 2013
TITLE: STEVEN G. GROOVER
ALFREDO CHEN, ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Andrew J. Wistrich, Magistrate Judge
CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL
PRESENT: HON. ANDREW J. WISTRICH, MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Deputy Clerk Court Reporter
ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR PLAINTIFFS: ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR DEFENDANTS:
None Present None Present
Order to Show Cause Regarding Failure to Serve Summons and Complaint Plaintiff paid the filing fee and filed a civil rights complaint pro se on August 15, 2012. Plaintiff was not imprisoned when he filed the complaint.
"The plaintiff is responsible for having the summons and complaint served within the time allowed by Rule 4(m) and must furnish the necessary copies to the person who makes service." Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(1). If a defendant is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed, the court "must dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time. But if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure, the court must extend the time for service for an appropriate period." Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m).
More than 120 days have elapsed since the complaint was originally filed. Plaintiff has not filed a proof of service with respect to any defendant. Accordingly, plaintiff shall have to and including in January 17, 2013 which to file a declaration under penalty of perjury, with supporting exhibits if needed, establishing good cause for his failure to effect timely service of process in accordance with Rule 4.
Plaintiff is cautioned that failure to respond to this order within the time allowed, or failure to show good cause as described in this order, may lead to the dismissal of this action.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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