Harris et al v. Texarkana, Arkansas, City of et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 30 Report and Recommendations; denying 25 Motion for Default Judgment; granting 25 Motion to Substitute Party. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on April 16, 2014. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
LANEY HARRIS and
Civil No. 4:12-cv-4050
CITY OF TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS ET AL.
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed September 12, 2013, by the
Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
(ECF No. 30). Judge Bryant recommends that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Default Judgment Against
Loyd Green and Loyd Green Wrecking Service, Inc., (“Green”) be denied and Plaintiffs’ Motion
to Substitute the Estate of Loyd Green and Brenda Joyce Green, Executrix be granted. (ECF No.
On September 30, 2013, Plaintiffs filed objections to Judge Bryant’s Report and
Recommendation. (ECF No. 31). After reviewing the record de novo, the Court adopts Judge
Bryant’s Report and Recommendation as its own.
Plaintiffs only object to the denial of the motion for default judgment. Specifically,
Plaintiffs argue that the Court should enter a default judgment against Green because Green
failed to respond to Plaintiffs’ complaint within 21 days following service as required Fed. R.
Civ. P. 12. Green was served on May 4, 2012. Plaintiff informs the Court that Green died on
September 9, 2012, and at the time of his death, Green had not responded.
Judge Bryant properly denied Plaintiff’s motion for a default judgment against Green.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a) states that “if a party dies and the claim is not extinguished, the court may
order substitution of the proper party.” In this case, even though Green failed to respond after
service, he is now dead. Thus, the suit cannot proceed against him. However, the suit may
proceed against his estate.
Therefore, Judge Bryant properly granted Plaintiffs’ motion to
For the reasons set forth above, the Court overrules Plaintiffs’ objections and adopts
Judge Bryant’s Report and Recommendation. (ECF No. 30). Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ Motion
for Default Judgment is DENIED, and Plaintiffs’ Motion to Substitute the Estate of Loyd Greed,
Brenda Joyce Green, Executrix is GRANTED. (ECF No. 25)
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 16th day of April, 2014.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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