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Neathery v. Winfield

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


June 17, 2010

IVAN NEATHERY, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A SHAREHOLDER OF MERIDIAN BANK, AND FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION, AS RECEIVER FOR MERIDIAN BANK, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
CLAY WINFIELD, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF MERIDIAN BANK, TIMOTHY KEISER, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF MERIDIAN BANK, AND BRAD RENCH, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS THE PRESIDENT OF MERIDIAN BANK, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court on its own initiative for purposes of case management. Specifically, the Court wishes to address the following two potential issues: 1) Plaintiff Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's ("FDIC") inaction in this litigation since its substitution for Plaintiff Ivan Neathery on certain counts of the original Complaint (Doc. 2-3), and; 2) Neathery's inability to achieve service of process on Defendant Timothy Keiser. Each will be addressed in kind.

First, the Court notes that, despite being substituted for Neathery on Counts I and II ("Shareholder Derivative Claim" and "Shareholder Derivative Claim - Waste of Corporate Assets," respectively) of the original, since-displaced Complaint (Doc. 2-3), the FDIC has not acted in this litigation.*fn1 After the FDIC's substitution, Neathery filed an Amended Complaint (Doc. 22), which deleted said counts at the order of the Court. (See Doc. 21, p. 9) ("[Neathery's] amended complaint shall not contain Count I or Count II or any new counts."). In other words, the FDIC was substituted on two counts that were subsequently dropped by another plaintiff. The Court is unsure of the FDIC's stance with respect to the posture of this case, especially in light of ripe Motions to Dismiss (Docs. 23, 32). As such, the Court ORDERS the FDIC to file a written explanation of its present and future stance as to this case's posture on or before July 2, 2010.

Next, despite the fact that the original complaint was filed on May 28, 2009, in Madison County, Illinois, the Court notes that Keiser has yet to be properly served. Although, as discussed supra, an amended complaint was more recently filed, the Court looks at the filing date of the original complaint when determining timeliness of service. See Bolden v. City of Topeka, Kan., 441 F.3d 1129, 1148-49 (10th Cir. 2006); see also Patterson v. Brady, 131 F.R.D. 679, 683 (S.D. Ind. 1990). Accordingly, the Court hereby ORDERS Neathery to SHOW CAUSE on or before July 2, 2010, why his claims against Keiser should not be dismissed without prejudice for failure to timely effect service. Failure to respond in a timely manner to this order will result in dismissal of those claims.

IT IS SO ORDERED


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