IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
April 11, 2012
TIM DONNALS, AS FATHER AND NEXT FRIEND OF BRYAN DONNALS, A MINOR, PLAINTIFF,
VICOO INDUSTRY, INC., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Donald G. Wilkerson United States Magistrate Judge
Pending before the Court is a Motion to Serve Defendant Vicoo through California Secretary of State filed by Plaintiff Tim Donnals, as father and next friend of Bryan Donnals, a minor (Doc. 11). Plaintiff contends that he has been unable to personally serve Defendant Vicoo Industry Inc.'s designated agent for service of process in California, and thus moves this Court for authorization to perfect service of process on Defendant by serving the California Secretary of State (Doc. 11-1).
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(h), a corporation may be served as in the manner prescribed by Rule 4(e)(1) for serving an individual, "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 . . ." Fed. R. Civ. P. 4. According to the records of the California Secretary of State, Defendant Vicoo Industry, Inc. is a corporation organized under California law that has been administratively dissolved.*fn1 See www.sos.ca.gov. California law allows for court-authorized substituted service of process on a domestic corporation via service on the California Secretary of State when the corporation's registered agent cannot, despite diligent efforts, be personally served. Cal. Corp. Code § 1702 (a).
Plaintiff has demonstrated reasonable diligence in his attempt to personally serve process. Accordingly, Plaintiff's motion is GRANTED. The Court hereby ORDERS that service be made upon Defendant Vicoo Industry Inc., by delivering by hand to the California Secretary of State or an assistant or deputy secretary of state, a summons or other process and a copy of this Order authorizing service pursuant to Cal. Corp. Code § 1702 (a).
IT IS SO ORDERED.