Roach v. Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC et al

Filing 67

ORDER Vacating September 14, 2017 Scheduling Conference and Requiring Plaintiff to File a Motion for Default Judgment Within Thirty Days, signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 8/31/17. (Hellings, J)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 TERRI HAYNES ROACH, Plaintiff, 12 13 14 Case No. 1:15-cv-00917-SAB ORDER VACATING SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 SCHEDULING CONFERENCE AND REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO FILE A MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS v. TATE PUBLISHING & ENTERPRISES, LLC, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 Plaintiff filed this action on June 15, 2015, against Defendants Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 19 LLC; Tate Music Group; and Richard Tate alleging copyright infringement. (ECF No. 1.) The 20 action was stayed on August 28, 2015, for the parties to engage in arbitration. (ECF No. 24.) On 21 March 20, 2017, the stay of the action was lifted after Defendants failed to pay the arbitration costs 22 preventing the arbitration from proceeding forward. (ECF No. 51.) On April 19, 2017, defense 23 counsel’s motion to withdraw as counsel in this action was granted and Defendants Tate Publishing 24 & Enterprises, LLC, and Tate Music Group were ordered to retain counsel in this matter and all 25 defendants were to file an answer to the complaint on or before May 22, 2017. Defendants did not 26 comply with the April 19, 2017 order. 27 On June 12, 2017, default was entered against Defendants Richard Tate and Tate 28 Publishing & Enterprises, LLC. (ECF No 61.) On June 15, 2017, default was entered against 1 1 Defendant Tate Music Group. (ECF No. 65.) Currently a mandatory scheduling conference is 2 set for September 14, 2017. (ECF No. 59.) As all defendants in this action have defaulted the 3 mandatory scheduling conference shall be vacated. Pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 55, obtaining a default judgment is a two- 4 5 step process. Yue v. Storage Technology Corp., No. 3:07-cv-05850, 2008 WL 361142, *2 (N.D. 6 Cal. Feb, 11, 2008). Entry of default is appropriate as to any party against whom a judgment for 7 affirmative relief is sought that has failed to plead or otherwise defend as provided by the Federal 8 Rules of Civil Procedure and where that fact is made to appear by affidavit or otherwise. Fed. R. 9 Civ. P. 55(a). After entry of default, the plaintiff can seek entry of default judgment. Fed. R. 10 Civ. P. 55(b)(1) and (2). “Default judgments are generally disfavored, and whenever it is 11 reasonably possible, cases should be decided upon their merits.” In re Hammer, 940 F.2d 524, 12 (9th Cir. 1991) (internal punctuation and citations omitted). Although Plaintiff has sought entry of default in this action, she has not moved for entry 13 14 of default judgment. This action cannot remain on the Court’s docket indefinitely and it is 15 Plaintiff’s responsibility to continue prosecuting this matter or it shall be dismissed. 16 Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that: 17 1. The scheduling conference set for September 14, 2017 is VACATED 18 2. Plaintiff shall file a motion for default judgment within thirty days of the date of entry of this order; and 19 3. 20 Failure to file a motion for default judgment in compliance with this order will result in this action being dismissed for failure to prosecute. 21 22 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. 24 Dated: August 31, 2017 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 25 26 27 28 2

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