Gardner v. Tefft et al
ORDER denying 15 Motion for Default Judgment. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on June 29, 2017. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MICHAEL VALENTINE GARDNER
Case No. 4:16-cv-4102
CORRECTIONAL OFFICER N. TEFFT,
LIEUTENANT ADAMS, and WARDEN MOORE,
Miller County Detention Center
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment. ECF No. 15. Plaintiff moves
the Court to enter default judgment against Separate Defendant Lieutenant Adams. Defendant
Adams has filed a response. ECF No. 16. This matter is ripe for the Court’s consideration.
Plaintiff argues that he is entitled to a default judgment against Defendant Adams, because
Defendant Adams failed to file a timely answer to the complaint. Plaintiff’s assertion is incorrect.
Summons for Defendant Adams was executed on December 12, 2016. ECF No. 11. Generally, a
defendant is required to file an answer within twenty-one (21) days after being served with a copy
of the summons and complaint. Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(1)(1). Thus, Defendant Adams’s answer was
due on January 3, 2017. Defendant Adams filed an answer on January 3, 2017. ECF No. 12.
Because Defendant Adams filed a timely answer, Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment is
IT IS SO ORDERED, on this 29th day of June, 2017.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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