United States Of America v. Lowell, No. 4:2018cv00382 - Document 12 (M.D. Pa. 2018)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION (Order to follow as separate docket entry) re 6 MOTION for Default Judgment filed by United States Of America. Signed by Honorable Matthew W. Brann on 7/31/18. (lg)
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United States Of America v. Lowell Doc. 12 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA No. 4:18-CV-00382 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, (Judge Brann) Plaintiff. v. NATHAN LOWELL, Defendant. MEMORANDUM OPINION JULY 31, 2018 FINDINGS: 1. On February 14, 2018, Plaintiff, the United States of America, filed its Complaint in this action against the Defendant, Nathan Lowell. ECF No. 1; 2. Service of the operative Summons and Complaint was personally made upon the Defendant in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(e), ECF No. 4; 3. The Defendant has failed to timely answer Plaintiff’s Complaint; 4. On May 21, 2018, the Clerk of Court entered Default as to the Defendant. ECF No. 9; 5. On May 21, 2018, Plaintiff moved for entry of Default Judgment as to the claims advanced in its Complaint against the Defendant. ECF No. 6; 6. The Defendant has failed to make an appearance in this action; - 1 - Dockets.Justia.com 7. Plaintiff’s claim is for $ 106,743.19 plus interest accruing upon the unpaid balance at a daily rate of $ 12.00 due on an August 7, 2009 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture in the principal amount of $103,600.00, ECF No. 1 at 1-3; 8. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s claim “is for a sum certain or a sum that can be made certain by computation” as contemplated by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(b)(1); 9. Counsel for Plaintiff swears that, upon reasonable investigation, the Defendant is not believed to be presently in the military service of the United States. ECF No. 8; 10. On May 23, 2018, this Court issued a Notice and Order to Show Cause, ECF No. 10, directing as follows: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Defendant, within twenty-one (21) days of this Notice and Order to Show Cause and no later than June 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., shall SHOW CAUSE as to why this Court should not grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment. In the event that the Defendant fails to show cause, the Defendant is NOTICED that this Court will grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment in full and will immediately award Plaintiff the entirety of the relief it seeks. 11. In that same Order, the Court further directed the Clerk of Court to mail a copy of the same to the Defendants at the following address of record: 201 Martin Street Sayre, PA 18840 - 2 - 12. The Clerk mailed a copy of the Notice and Order to Show Cause as directed. ECF No. 11; 13. As of today’s date, no response has been received from Defendant. CONCLUSION: Plaintiff, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is entitled to the entry of default judgment, as Defendant Nathan Lowell has failed to show cause and was previously noticed that this Court would grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment in full and immediately award Plaintiff the entirety of the relief it seeks in the event of such failure. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment, ECF No. 6, is GRANTED. An appropriate Order shall issue. BY THE COURT: s/ Matthew W. Brann Matthew W. Brann United States District Judge - 3 -