Notice Of Lawsuit And Request For Waiver Of Service Of Summons Form. This is a Missouri form and can be use in District Court Federal.
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United States District Court EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI NOTICE OF LAWSUIT AND REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS * * Plaintiff to Complete Gray Area * * TO: (Name of defendant) (as (Title) of ) (Name of business) A lawsuit has been commenced against you (or the entity on whose behalf you are addressed). A copy of the complaint is attached to this notice. It has been filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and has been assigned docket number . This is not a formal summons or notification from the court, but rather my request that you sign and return the enclosed waiver of service in order to save the cost of serving you with a judicial summons and an additional copy of the complaint. The cost of service will be avoided if I receive a signed copy of the waiver within __30__ days after the date designated below as the date on which this Notice and Request is sent. I enclose a stamped and addressed envelope (or other means of cost-free return) for your use. An extra copy of the waiver is also attached for your records. If you comply with this request and return the signed waiver to the undersigned, it will be filed with the court and no summons will be served on you. The action will then proceed as if you had been served on the date the waiver is filed, except you will not be obligated to answer the complaint before 60 days from the date designated below as the date on which this notice is sent (or before 90 days from that date if your address is not in any judicial district of the United States). If you do not return the signed waiver within the time indicated, I will take appropriate steps to effect formal service in a manner authorized by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and will then, to the extent authorized by those Rules, ask the court to require you (or the party on whose behalf you are addressed) to pay the full costs of such service. In that connection, please read the statement concerning the duty of parties to waive the service of the summons, which is set forth on the foot of the waiver form. I affirm that this request is being sent to you on behalf of the plaintiff, this ____ day of ________________, 20____. Signature of Plaintiff's Attorney or Unrepresented Plaintiff DUTY TO AVOID UNNECESSARY COSTS OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires certain parties to cooperate in saving unnecessary costs of service of the summons and complaint. A defendant located in the United States who, after being notified of an action and asked by a plaintiff located in the United States to waive service of summons, fails to do so will be required to bear the cost of such service unless good cause be shown for its failure to sign and return the waiver. It is not good cause for a failure to waive service that a party believes that the complaint is unfounded, or that the action has been brought in an unproper place or in a court that lacks jurisdiction over the subject matter of the action or over its person or property. A party who waives service of the summons retains all defenses and objections (except any relating to the summons or to the service of summons), and may later object to the jurisdiction of the court or to the place where the action has been brought. A defendant who waives service must within the time specified on the waiver form serve on the plaintiff's attorney (or unrepresented plaintiff) a response to the complaint and must also file a signed copy of the response with the court. If the answer or motion is not served within this time, a default judgment may be taken against that defendant. By waiving service, a defendant is allowed more time to answer, than if the summons had actually served, when the request for waiver of service was received. -Page 1- 2000 © American LegalNet, Inc. United States District Court EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI WAIVER OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT(S) * * Plaintiff To Complete Gray Area * * To: (Name of plaintiff's attorney or unrepresented plaintiff) I acknowledge receipt of your request that I waive service of a summons in the action of: Case Caption: Case Number: in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. I have also received a copy of the complaint in this action, two copies of this instrument, and a means by which I can return the signed waiver to you without cost to me. I agree to save the cost of service of a summons and an additional copy of the complaint in this lawsuit by not requiring that I (or the entity on whose behalf I am acting) be served with judicial process in the manner provided by Rule 4. I (or the entity on whose behalf I am acting) will retain all defenses or objections to the lawsuit or to the jurisdiction or venue of the court except for objections based on a defect in the summons or in the service of the summons. I understand that a judgment may be entered against me (or the party on whose behalf I am acting) if an answer or motion under Rule 12 is not served upon you within 60 days after , (Date Waiver sent) or within 90 days after date if the request was sent outside the United States. DEFENDANT'S ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF WAIVER OF SERVICE Date Print name Signature as (Officer or Agent) of (Corporation or Association) Address City, State, Zip Code - Page 2- 2000 © American LegalNet, Inc.