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Strike 3 Holdings failure to serve leads to OSC then voluntary dismissal

Posted by Steve Vondran | Sep 15, 2021

Attorney Steve® Strike 3 Holdings, LLC Updates - Civil Action No. TDC-20-3671 - Case 8:20-cv-03671-TDC Document 15 Filed 08/13/21

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In a Strike 3 file-sharing case in Maryland, Strike 3 apparently was having a hard time serving the John Doe defendant.  There is only a limited time to serve Defendants.  In this case, the judge Ordered Strike Three to show cause why the case should not be dismissed.  As the Court noted:

"ORDER On December 17, 2020, Plaintiff Strike 3 Holdings, LLC (“Strike 3”) commenced this action against Defendant John Doe. See Compl., ECF No. 1. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) and Local Rule 103.8(a), a defendant must be served within 90 days after the Complaint is filed. The Court subsequently granted motions extending that service period to August 6, 2021, and the service period expired on that date.

The Court has no record that the above-captioned defendant has been served.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that within 14 days of this order Strike 3 must show good cause for its failure to serve Doe. If Strike 3 fails to do so, its Complaint will be dismissed without prejudice, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) and Local Rule 103.8(a)."

Thereafter, Plaintiff Strike 3 Voluntarily dismiss their complaint without prejudice.

This shows that failure to serve can be one way to avert having to pay hefty settlement damages in a p2p pornography file sharing case.

F.R.C.P. Rule 4m

Here is the rule:

(m) Time Limit for Service.

If a defendant is not served within 90 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. This subdivision (m) does not apply to service in a foreign country under Rule 4(f), 4(h)(2), or 4(j)(1), or to service of a notice under Rule 71.1(d)(3)(A).

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