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Wright v. Garber

United States District Court, W.D. Kentucky, Louisville Division

February 19, 2014

DARRIN WRIGHT, Plaintiff,
v.
HONORABLE ELEANOR GARBER et al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

JOHN G. HEYBURN, II, District Judge.

On July 5, 2013, Plaintiff Darrin Wright filed a pro se action against several individuals he claims conspired against him in a state family court proceeding.[1] On July 9, 2013, the Clerk of Court received Wright's $400 fee for filing this civil action; issued summonses for all Defendants; and mailed the issued summonses to Wright for service. The record reflects, however, that no summonses have been returned executed (or otherwise) for any of the Defendants.

According to Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,

If a defendant is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed, the court-on motion or on its own after notice to the plaintiff-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....

Using the date the filing fee was paid as the starting point to calculate the 120-day service period, the period expired on November 6, 2013.

Due to this apparent lack of service, by Memorandum and Order entered January 17, 2014, the Court ordered Plaintiff to show good cause for his failure to comply with Rule 4(m)'s 120-day service requirement. The Court warned Plaintiff that his failure to respond within 21 days from entry of the Memorandum and Order would result in dismissal of the action as to all Defendants.

The 21-day period has passed without any response by Plaintiff. Accordingly, the Court will dismiss this action by separate Order for failure to comply with Rule 4(m)'s service requirement.


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