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A Lly B Ank, F Idelity v. J Ames C.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


January 9, 2013

A LLY B ANK, F IDELITY N ATIONAL T ITLE I NSURANCE C OMPANY, ET AL.,
PLAINTIFFS,
v.
J AMES C. C ASTLE AKA J. C HRISTOPHER C ASTLE, ET AL. ,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers United States District Court Judge

United States District Court Northern District of California

O RDER D ENYING M OTION FOR O RDER A UTHORIZING S ERVICE O N D EFENDANT G EORGE L ARSEN BY E-M AIL OR, I N THE A LTERNATIVE, B Y P UBLICATION W ITHOUT P REJUDICE

Plaintiffs Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance 17 Company, Ally Bank, Wesley W. Halihan, Gina L. Halihan, Dawn R. Carifi, Brian Phuong, Crichton 18 Friedly, Janet N. Friedly, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Julian Massa and Alison Massa 19 ("Plaintiffs") and Cross-Claimants Magan Arthur and Joan Hangarter ("Cross-Claimants") 20 (collectively, "Movants") have filed a motion seeking an order authorizing service of summons and 21 complaint on Defendant George Larsen ("Larsen") by e-mail or, in the alternative, by publication. 22 (Dkt. No. 323, "Motion".)

Having carefully considered the Movants' papers, and for the reasons set forth below, the Court hereby D ENIES the Motion without prejudice. *fn1 Movants have failed to offer sufficient evidence to establish reasonably diligent efforts to effect personal service of the operative complaint and summons on Larsen.

While Plaintiffs submit evidence of five unsuccessful attempts at a Sir Francis Drake 4 Boulevard address, they do not indicate any attempts or any reason for not attempting service at the 5 other address obtained by their process server on Tilden Drive. (Compare Declaration of Stephen 6 Seto In Support of Motion for Order Authorizing Service [Dkt. No. 323-1, "Seto Dec."] and 7 Declaration of Marc M. Perkins In Support of Motion for Order Authorizing Service [Dkt. No. 323- 8 3] at ¶5.) Moreover, their process server's declaration indicates that the Sir Francis Drake address is 9 a business. (Seto Dec., Exh. A, p. 2.)

United States District Court Northern District of California

Further, while Cross-Claimants aver that they do not have a physical address for Larsen, the 11 emails attached to their declaration indicate not only an e-mail contact, but also cell phone and Skype 12 contact information. However, Movants do not indicate that they utilized this information in their 13 attempts to effect service on Larsen. Indeed, other than the failed efforts at the Sir Francis Drake 14 address, the only attempt to send Larsen the summons and complaint appears to have been made by 15 way of the email counsel indicates that he sent on December 28, 2012, just 5 days prior to filing the 16 instant motion.

In short, Movants have not demonstrated reasonably diligent efforts to effectuate service of the summons and operative complaint on Larsen. *fn2 Under these circumstances, the Court must deny the motion. Any renewed motion must address the issues herein and must attach documentary evidence showing the efforts counsel and their private investigator have made to locate Larsen.

Finally, the Court notes that this motion was set with less than 35 days' notice and without any request or order granting leave to proceed with less notice. ( See Civil Local Rules 7-2 and 7-11, and this Court's Standing Order in Civil Cases.) It was also set for hearing on a day other than the Court's regular civil law and motion calendar, as well as a date that the Court previously indicated it is unavailable. Movants are reminded that they must follow the Local Rules and this Court's Standing Orders, when noticing motions on the Court's calendar and otherwise. Future disregard of the Court's procedures may result in sanctions.

This order terminates Docket No. 323.

I T I S S O O RDERED.

United States District Court Northern District of California


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