Case No. 12-CV-11955
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
On May 1, 2012, plaintiff filed this action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. On June 11, 2012, plaintiff filed a certificate of service showing the summons and complaint were sent to defendant at 2940 Hebron Park Drive, Suite 307, Hebron, Kentucky, 41048 by certified mail, return receipt requested. Rebecca Bowman signed the receipt form. Rebecca Bowman is not listed as an officer on the Kentucky Secretary of State's profile for defendant. The Kentucky Secretary of State's profile for defendant shows that defendant has designated Business Filings Incorporated as its registered agent, at 306 West Main Street, Suite 512, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.
As noted in this court's August 13, 2012 order, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(h) provides the manner for serving a corporation. A corporation may be served by "following state law for serving a summons in an action brought in courts of general jurisdiction in the state where the district court is located or where service is made" or "by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an officer, a managing or general agent, or any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process and - if the agent is one authorized by statute and the statute so requires - by also mailing a copy of each to the defendant."
Defendant did not answer the complaint and plaintiff filed a motion for default judgment. However, because it does not appear that defendant was properly served, the court denied plaintiff's motion for default judgment without prejudice and cancelled the hearing. The order instructed that plaintiff could "file a motion for default judgment after demonstrating proper service on defendant."
On August 23, 2012, plaintiff filed a "response" to that order, asking the court to reconsider its order denying plaintiff's motion for default judgment. Plaintiff argues defendant was aware of this case as evidenced by some email correspondence discussing settlement negotiations. However, plaintiff fails to demonstrate proper service on defendant as instructed by the order. The court therefore construes plaintiff's response as a motion for reconsideration and DENIES the motion for reconsideration. SO ORDERED.
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served on September 6, 2012, by
U.S. mail, upon plaintiff at 6776 N. Burkhart Road, Howell, MI
48855, upon defendant at 2940 Hebron Park Drive, Suite 307,
Hebron, Kentucky, 41048, and upon defendant's registered
agent at 306 West Main Street, Suite 512, Frankfort,