UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF IDAHO
October 13, 2011
GF&C HOLDING COMPANY, PLAINTIFF,
HARTFORD CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, INC., A CONNECTICUT CORPORATION; HARTFORD STEAM BOILER INSPECTION & INSURANCE COMPANY, A CONNECTICUT CORPORATION; AND DOES 1-20, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: B. Lynn WINMILLChief U.S. District Court Judge
The Court has before it Plaintiff's Motion to Extend Time to Serve Defendants (Dkt. 4). District courts have broad discretion to extend time for service under Rule 4(m). Efaw v. Williams, 473 F.3d 1038, 1040 (9th Cir. 2007). Although a district court's discretion is not limitless, Rule 4(m) "permits the district court to grant an extension even in the absence of good cause." Id. (emphasis in original). Courts may consider factors such as statute of limitations, actual notice, prejudice to the defendant and eventual service. Id.
Here, Plaintiff asks for only a 14-day extension. Moreover, Plaintiff explains that Defendant has known about the case because of a related case. Therefore, the Court finds that a 14-continuance will not prejudice Defendants. Accordingly, the Court will grant the motion.
IT IS ORDERED:
1. Plaintiff's Motion to Extend Time to Serve Defendants (Dkt. 4) is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall have until October 28, 2011 to serve Defendants.
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