-DAD (PS) Francisco et al v. Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, Inc. et al, No. 2:2010cv02594 - Document 16 (E.D. Cal. 2011)

Court Description: FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd on 4/15/11 recommending that this action be dismissed without prejudice re 1 Complaint filed by Janeth Francisco, Arnel Francisco. Objections to F&R due w/in 21 days. (Matson, R)
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-DAD (PS) Francisco et al v. Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, Inc. et al Doc. 16 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 ARNEL FRANCISCO and JANETH FRANCISCO, 11 Plaintiffs, No. CIV S-10-2594 JAM DAD PS 12 v. 13 14 15 16 GREENPOINT MORTGAGE FUNDING, INC.; OLD REPUBLIC TITLE COMPANY; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; LANDMARK HOMES REALTY, FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 17 18 19 Defendants. / On December 7, 2010, plaintiffs, who are proceeding pro se in this matter, filed a 20 notice of voluntary dismissal of defendants Old Republic Title Company and Landmark Homes 21 Realty. By order filed December 15, 2010, the court honored plaintiffs’ dismissal of the two 22 specified defendants and denied the defendants’ pending motions to dismiss as moot. By the 23 same order, the court ordered as follows with regard to service of the two remaining defendants: 24 On or before January 25, 2011, plaintiffs shall file a return of service that shows service of a summons and complaint on defendants Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, Inc. and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. in a manner authorized by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(h), or plaintiffs shall file a 25 26 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 declaration showing good cause for failing to effect proper service on these defendants in a timely manner. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). 2 3 Order filed Dec. 15, 2010 (Doc. No. 15), at 2. 4 By order filed on November 22, 2010, the court had previously explained to 5 plaintiffs that the return of service filed on October 4, 2010 (Doc. No. 5) reflects that their 6 summons and complaint were served on defendants Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, Inc. and 7 Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. by regular mail. See Order filed Nov. 22, 2010 8 (Doc. No. 13) at 2. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 does not authorize service of a summons 9 and complaint by regular mail. Plaintiffs were cautioned that Rule 4(m) “provides that an action 10 may be dismissed against any defendant on whom service of process has not been completed 11 within 120 days from the date the complaint was filed.” Id. 12 The 120-day period after plaintiffs’ complaint was filed began to run on 13 September 25, 2010, and expired on January 25, 2011. Plaintiffs have not responded in any way 14 to the court’s December 15, 2010 order requiring them to file, on or before January 25, 2011, a 15 return of service that shows service of process on defendants Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, Inc. 16 and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. in a manner authorized by Federal Rule of 17 Civil Procedure 4(h) or, in the alternative, to file a declaration showing good cause for failing to 18 effect proper service on these two defendants in a timely manner. 19 20 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that this action be dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 21 These findings and recommendations will be submitted to the United States 22 District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Within 23 twenty-one (21) days after being served with these findings and recommendations, plaintiffs may 24 file written objections with the court. A document containing objections should be titled 25 “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” Plaintiffs are advised that 26 ///// 2 1 failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District 2 Court’s order. See Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 3 DATED: April 15, 2011. 4 5 6 7 DAD:kw Ddad1\orders.prose\francisco2594.rule4m.f&r 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 3