Clarke v. Federal Transfer Center et al
ORDER that Defendant Winkler 55 is not in default and that her Answer and Substituted Answer (Docs. #57 & #60) are timely filed. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 08/19/2013. (kcs)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JOHN DOES 1-3, Warden,
Medical Director, and
Clinical Director, FCI-FC, et al.
On May 16, 2013, service was on Defendant Winkler at her last known
employer was returned as executed. Doc. #45 (service address sealed). On July 17,
2013, the Court issued an Order directing Defendant Winkler to show cause why a
default judgment should not be entered against her due to her failure to timely file an
Answer or other responsive pleading. Doc. #55.
On July 29, 2013, Defendant Winkler filed a pro se Answer. Doc. #57. On
July 30, 2013, counsel for Defendant Winkler filed a Response to the Show Cause
Order and a Substituted Answer. Docs. #59 and #60. In those documents, Defendant
Winkler explains that the individual who accepted service on May 16, 2013, did not
have the authority to do so because Defendant Winkler no longer worked for the
company where service was delivered. Id. Because the March 16, 2013 service was
improper, Defendant Winkler is not in default. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 and 55.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT Defendant Winkler is not in default and
that her Answer and Substituted Answer (Docs. #57 & #60) are timely filed.
Dated this 19th day of August, 2013.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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