D.C. Court Of Appeal Reiterates That Service on the District Requires Service on the Mayor and on Corporation Counsel
In Dorsey v. D.C., the D.C. Court of Appeals held that Rule 4(m) means exactly what it says: for the District to be sufficiently served with a lawsuit, service must be made on both the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel.
Rule 4 (j) . . . supplements D.C. Code § 2-401 by providing that in order to effect proper service upon the District a plaintiff must serve the Mayor and Corporation Counsel. Therefore, because Dorsey failed to serve Corporation Counsel, service on the District was not proper.
The Court also rejected the plaintiff's motion to reinstate the action, on the grounds that the plaintiff has offered no explanation of her failure to comply with the rules as required by Rule 41(b).