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FL - 2012-04-12 - COLLETTE - Motion to Dismiss

FL - 2012-04-12 - COLLETTE - Motion to Dismiss

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHESIXTHJUDICALCIRCUIT,INANDFORPASCOCOUNTY,FLORIDACASENO.Sl-2012-CA-2041-WSCIVILDIVISIONJERRYCOLLE1TE,Plain
un,
BARACKOBAMA,THEMEMBERSOFSTATEEXECUTIVECOMMrn'EEOFTHEFLORIDADEMOCRATICPARTY,andDOES1THROUGH1000,INCLUSIVE,Defendcmt<;.DEFENDANTMEMBERSOFTHESTATEEXECUTIVECOMMITTEEOFTHEFLORIDADEMOCRATICPARTY'SMOTIONTODISMISSCOMPLAINTPURSUANTTORULE1.1;1.o(B)DefendantMembersoftheStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticParty,throughundersignedcounsel,movepursuanttoRule1.140(b)todismisstheinstantcomplaintand,insupportthereofstate:Motion
to
DismissforLackof.TurisdictionOvertheIndividualMembersoftheStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticPartyor.
in
thealternative,InsufficiencyofProcessorServiceofProcess1.DefendantMembersoftheStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticPartymovetodismissthecomplaintastosuchDefendantsbecausetheyhavenotbeenlegallyservedwithprocessinthisaction.2.OnoraboutMarch22,2012,PlaintifffiledtheinstantactionintheCircuitCourtoftheSixth
J
udicialCircuit,inand
lor
PascoCounty,Florida.
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3.TheactionnamesasDefendant.""TheMembersofStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticParty."Specifically,theComplaintprovidesasfollows:4.ThedefendantMembersoftheStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticPartyareeachindividualsandpartofthegoverningbodyoftheFloridaDemocraticParty,andaresuedinbothcapacities.(EmphasisinComplaint.)4.WithrespecttoeachDefendantMemberoftheStateExecutiveCommiuccoftheFloridaDemocraticParty,Plaintiffseeksa"[dleclaratoryjudgmentsettingfortherespectiverightsoftheparties.5.WithrespecttoeachDefendantMemberoftheStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticParty,Plaintiffflmlonetarydamagesinamounttobedetermined."6.Thereare234individualmembersoftheStaleExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticParty,noneofwhomhavebeenserved.7.Section48.0i-31(1)(a),FloridaStatutes,provides:Serviceoforiginalprocessismadebydeliveringacopyofittothepersontoheservedwithacopyofthecomplaint,petition,orotherinitialpleadingorpaperorbyleavingthecopiesathisorherusualplaceofabodewith
any
personresidingthereinwhois15yearsofageorolderandinformingthepersonoftheircontents.Minorswhoareorhavebeenmarriedshallbeservedasprovidedinthissection."Foracourttohavejurisdictionoverthepersonofadefendant,thedefendantmustbeservedwithvalidoriginalprocessandacopyoftheinitialpleadingbypersonalserviceorbysubstitutedserviceinaccordancewiththeFloridaStatutesandtileRulesofCivilProcedure."
Southwest
Bank,NA.
vKrause,
677So.2d367,
:-370
(Fla.2d1996),citing
Drakev.Scbsrbu),
353
So.2d
9Gl
(Fla.
2<1
DCA1978).8.Asevidenced
by
theattachedaffidavit,servicewasmadeuponScotlArceneaux,theExecutiveDirectoroftileFloridaDemocraticParty,onMarch27,2012,byadeputywiththeLeonCountySheriff'sOffice,attheofficesoftheFloridaDemocraticParty,inTallahassee.
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Florida.TheFloridaDemocraticPartyisnotpartytothisaction.SuchserviceisinsufficienttoconferjurisdictionovertheindividualmembersoftheStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticParty,whoareneithernamednoridentifiedinthecomplaint.Mr.ArceneauxisnotauthorizedbylaworbyanyoftheindividualmembersofStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocraticPartytoacceptserviceontheirbehalf.Motion
to
DismissforFailure
to
loinIndispensibleParties9.DefendantMembersoftheStateExecutiveCommitteeoftheFloridaDemocratic
Party
movetodismissthecomplaintforfailuretojoinindispensiblepartiesonthegroundthattheStaleExecutiveCommitteeofFloridaDemocraticParty,theGovernoroftheStateofFlorida,andtheDepartmentofSlateareeachindispensiblepartiestothisactionwhohavenotbeenjoinedaspartydefendants.10.TheComplaintseeksthat"[t]hedefendantsbeenjoinedfromhavingthenameofdefendantObama,asacandidateforUnitedStatesPresident:a)PrintedonballotsinFlorida;orb)ListedorcountedaswriteincandidateinFlorida."SeeComplaint,p.7.11.UnderFloridalaw,"[clachpoliticalpartyofthestateshallberepresentedbyastaleexecutivecommittee."
See
Section103.091(1),FloridaStatutes.ThestateexecutivecommitteeofeachpoliticalpartyisrequiredtofilewiththeDepartment.ofStatethenamesandaddressesofitschair,vicechair,secretary,treasurer,andmembers.Inaddition,thestateexecutivecommitteeofapoliticalpartymustfileacopyofit"constitution,bylaws,andrulesandregulationswiththeDepartmentofState,
Sec
Section103.091(3),FloridaStatutes.TheCharteroftheFloridaDemocraticPartyprovides,inpart,that"[tlheFloridaDemocraticPartyshallhaveallthepowersgrantedtoanot-for-profitcorporationasprescribedbyFloridaStatutes...."12.Section103.021(1),FloridaStatutes,providesasfollows:
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