July 25, 2003
In an order entered in this case on June 9, 2003, 1 gave plaintiff until July 18, 2003, in which to submit proof of service of his complaint on the defendants as required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 4. Now plaintiff has written to request an extension of the July 18 deadline. He states that he has completed the process for requesting defendants to waive formal service of a summons and that he is awaiting their response, which is not due until August 1, 2003. He believes that an enlargement of the deadline to August 18 will allow him ample time to receive their response and submit proof of service of process to the court. If defendants decline to waive service of the summons, the extended deadline would allow plaintiff time to arrange for someone to serve defendants personally with a summons and complaint.
I am persuaded that plaintiff's request is reasonable. Therefore, IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff's request is GRANTED for an enlargement of time to August 18, 2003, in which to file proof of service of his complaint on the defendants. If, by August 18, 2003, plaintiff fails to submit proof of service or explain his inability to do so, then the clerk of court is directed to enter judgment dismissing this case without prejudice for plaintiff's lack of prosecution.