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As a matter of first impression, the Alabama Supreme Court addressed whether Rule 55(b)(2), Ala. R. Civ. P., required a trial court to hold a hearing before entering a default judgment. The Court of Civil Appeals, in Living By Faith Christian Church v. Young Men's Christian Ass'n of Birmingham, [Ms. 2180674, Mar. 20, 2020] ___ So. 3d ___ (Ala. Civ. App. 2020), determined that the trial court did not err in granting the application for a default judgment filed by the Young Men's Christian Association of Birmingham ("the YMCA") without first holding a hearing. After review, the Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Civil Appeals' determination and concluded that Rule 55(b)(2) did not require a trial court to hold a hearing on every application or motion for a default judgment.