Snipes v. Greenberg, Stein & Associates, LLC., No. 2:2010cv00314 - Document 25 (E.D. Cal. 2010)

Court Description: FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 09/23/10 RECOMMENDING that the 20 Motion for Default Judgment be granted, that judgment be entered against dft against Greenberg, Stein & Associates, LLC for damages, attorneys' fees and costs in the amount of $5,5507.50; Objections to these F&Rs due w/i 14 days; referred to Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. (Benson, A.)
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Snipes v. Greenberg, Stein & Associates, LLC. Doc. 25 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 CHERI SNIPES, Plaintiff, 11 12 13 No. CIV 10-314 MCE KJM vs. GREENBERG, STEIN & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 14 Defendant. FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS / 15 Plaintiff’s motion for default judgment was submitted on the papers. Upon 16 17 review of the documents in support, no opposition having been filed, and good cause appearing 18 therefor, THE COURT FINDS AS FOLLOWS: The complaint in this matter was served upon defendant on February 19, 2010.1 19 20 Compare Pacific Atlantic Trading Co. v. M/V Main Express, 758 F.2d 1325, 1331 (9th Cir. 21 1985) (default judgment void without personal jurisdiction). Defendant has not filed an answer. 22 The clerk of the court entered default against defendant on July 9, 2010. Plaintiff’s motion for 23 24 25 26 The court notes another proof of service of summons was filed September 10, 2010 indicating service of summons on defendant Greenberg, Stein & Associates, LLC, against whom the pending motion for default judgment is sought. The filing is ambiguous in that the summons is not addressed to this defendant, but to the individual defendants. In any event, the time for answering the summons expired on September 14, 2010. 1 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 entry of default judgment was served by mail on defendant at defendant’s last known address. 2 Defendant filed no opposition to the motion for entry of default judgment. Entry of default effects an admission of all well-pleaded allegations of the 3 4 complaint by the defaulted party. Geddes v. United Financial Group, 559 F.2d 557 (9th Cir. 5 1977). Entry of default judgment is proper where, as in the present case, the facts established by 6 the default support the causes of action pled in the complaint. The complaint and the affidavits 7 filed in support of the motion for entry of default judgment also support the finding that plaintiff 8 is entitled to the relief in the form of damages2 as requested in the prayer for default judgment, 9 which does not differ in kind from the relief requested in the complaint. Henry v. Sneiders, 490 10 F.2d 315, 317 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 419 U.S. 832 (1974). There are no policy considerations 11 that preclude the entry of default judgment of the type requested. See Eitel v. McCool, 782 F.2d 12 1470, 1471-72 (9th Cir. 1986) (listing seven factors to be considered in determining entry of 13 default judgment). In view of the foregoing findings, it is the recommendation of this court that 14 15 plaintiff’s motion for entry of default judgment be GRANTED and that judgment be entered 16 against defendant Greenberg, Stein & Associates, LLC, for damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs in 17 the amount of $5,507.50. 18 These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District 19 Judge assigned to this action, pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within 20 fourteen days after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file 21 written objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be 22 captioned “Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations.” Any reply to the 23 objections shall be served and filed within seven days after service of the objections. The parties 24 Plaintiff also seeks $750.00 for anticipated collection costs but is not entitled to such costs under the statute. 15 U.S.C. § 1692k(a)(3); see Gervais v. O’Connell, Harris & Assoc., Inc., 297 F.Supp.2d 435, 440 n.1 (D. Conn. 2003) (court declined to allow anticipated collection costs). 2 25 26 2 1 are advised that failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal 2 the District Court’s order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 3 DATED: September 23, 2010. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 006/snipes2.def 3