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Reser v. Homestart America

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


October 23, 2007

CAROLYN RESER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
HOMESTART AMERICA, INC., RICHARDS & DEVIEUX, ROSE MORTGAGE, INC., WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, OPTION ONE MORTGAGE TRUST, COMPLETE TITLE COMPANY, LLC, COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., OPTIMUS TITLE SERVICES OF NEW JERSEY, LLC, SPEEDY APPRAISAL, MICHAEL KAUFMAN AND ANDRE DEVIEUX DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Denis R. Hurley Senior District Judge

MEMORANDUM & ORDER

HURLEY, Senior District Judge

Plaintiff commenced this action asserting claims under the Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq. and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, 12 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.

Presently before the Court is the unopposed motion of Defendant Option One Mortgage Corporation, incorrectly sued herein as Option One Mortgage Trust ("Option One"), to dismiss this action as against it (1) pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m) as Plaintiff failed to serve it with the summons and complaint and more than 180 days has elapsed since the filing of the complaint; and (2) on the grounds of res judicata. For the reasons set forth below, the motion to dismiss pursuant to rule 4(m) is granted.

Background

The action was commenced by the filing of a Complaint on September 12, 2005, at which time summons were issued. By Stipulation filed December 19, 2006, the action was dismissed as against Defendant Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. According to the Clerk's Docket for this action, proof of service of the summons and complaint within the 120 days provided for in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) has not been filed for any of the remaining defendants named in the complaint, including Option One. In fact, it has been more than two years since the filing of the complaint in this action.

Discussion

Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides in part:

If service of the summons and complaint is not made upon a Defendant with in 120 days after the filing of the complaint, the Court, upon motion or on its own initiative after notice to the Plaintiff, shall dismiss the action without prejudice as to that Defendant or direct that service be effected within a specified time.

Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). Rule 4(l) requires proof of service.

Here, no proof of service has been filed demonstrating that Option One was served within 120 days of the filing of the complaint. Indeed, according to Option One it has not been served to date. Therefore the Court grants Option One's motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 4(m). It is therefore unnecessary to address Option One's argument that this action is barred on grounds of res judicata.

Conclusion

Option One's motion to dismiss is granted and this action is dismissed as to Option One without prejudice.

SO ORDERED.

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