Jackson v. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC
ORDER granting 19 Motion for Leave to File an Answer. Jackson's motion for default judgment, 21 , is denied because the factors supporting leave clearly outweigh any prejudice to Jackson. Portfolio is directed to file its answer forthwith. Signed by Chief Judge Brian S. Miller on 10/27/2015. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CYNTHIA L. JACKSON
CASE NO. 3:15-CV-00075 BSM
PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC
Defendant Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC’s (“Portfolio”) motion for leave to file
an answer [Doc. No. 19] is granted and Jackson’s motion for default judgment [Doc. No. 21]
is denied because the factors supporting leave clearly outweigh any prejudice to Jackson.
See Chorosevic v. Metlife Choices, 600 F.3d 934, 946 (8th Cir. 2010) (listing factors). This
is true because Portfolio timely filed its motion to dismiss [Doc. No. 8], which placed
Jackson on notice that Portfolio contested Jackson’s allegations. When the motion was
granted in part and denied in part, Portfolio was required to file an answer within fourteen
days of the order, but failed to do so. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 14(a)(4)(A). When Portfolio
realized it had failed to answer, it requested leave to answer. It was only then that Jackson
moved for default judgment.
Jackson’s motion is one of those motions that should have never been filed because:
(1) Jackson was already on notice that Portfolio disputed its claims; (2) no delay in judicial
proceedings will result due to Portfolio’s late filing because its answer will be filed several
months before the first deadline in the final scheduling order [Doc. No. 17]; (3) the parties
appear to have been litigating as if the answer had already been filed, even to the extent of
engaging in unsuccessful settlement negotiations; and (4) there is nothing suggesting
Portfolio caused the delay out of bad faith.
Portfolio is directed to file its answer forthwith.
DATED this 27th day of October 2015.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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