Clarke v. Federal Transfer Center et al

Filing 64

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)

Download PDF
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS HELENA DIVISION TIBAL CLARKE, Reg. #97273-071 V. PLAINTIFF 2:13CV00026 KGB/JTR JOHN DOES 1-3, Warden, Medical Director, and Clinical Director, FCI-FC, et al. DEFENDANTS ORDER 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 -2-

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?