Stribling v. Mott et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 9/25/2017 DENYING 35 Request to Exclude the Answer filed by defendants Mott, Terry, Morrow, Johnson, Murillo, Molina, Glenn, Andrichuck, and Schnider and to Enter Default Judgment against defendant Salz and ORDERING within 14 days of service of this order, defendant Salz must file and serve a response to the complaint and verified statement showing cause for the delay and why sanctions should not be imposed. (Henshaw, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
AARON LAMONT STRIBLING,
No. 2:16-cv-0400 CKD P
R. MOTT, et al.,
Plaintiff has filed a motion seeking to exclude the answer to the complaint filed by Lucas
Hennes, counsel for defendants Mott, Terry, Morrow, Johnson, Murillo, Molina, Glenn,
Andrichuck, and Schnider, on the ground that Mr. Hennes falsely represented that the defendants
had been served. ECF No. 35. This claim is based upon the fact that plaintiff has not received
receipts for the return of the service waivers. Id. Plaintiff’s request will be denied. Although
plaintiff may not have received any documentation showing defendants waived service, the
waivers have been properly filed with the court. ECF Nos. 30, 32, 34. Mr. Hennes properly
waived service and responded to the complaint on behalf of his clients.
Plaintiff also states that a default judgment should be entered against defendant Salz
because he has failed to respond to the complaint. ECF No. 35. Before a default judgment can be
entered, there must first be a default entered. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 55. Plaintiff’s request for
default judgment against defendant Salz will therefore be denied as premature. However,
defendant Salz was required to respond to the complaint by September 18, 2017, and has failed to
do so. ECF No. 29; Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a). Defendant Salz will therefore be required to file a
responsive pleading and show cause why he should not be sanctioned for failure to timely
respond to the complaint. Failure to file a responsive pleading will result in default being entered
against defendant Salz, at which point plaintiff would be entitled to move for default judgment.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff’s request to exclude the answer filed by defendants Mott, Terry, Morrow,
Johnson, Murillo, Molina, Glenn, Andrichuck, and Schnider and to enter default judgment against
defendant Salz (ECF No. 35) is denied.
2. Within fourteen days of service of this order, defendant Salz (or his counsel if he is
represented) must file and serve the following: (1) a response to the complaint and (2) a verified
statement showing cause for the delay in filing a responsive pleading and why sanctions should
not be imposed.
3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order on Donald L. Salz at
California State Prison, Sacramento, P.O. Box 290001, Represa, CA 95671. The Clerk of the
Court shall also fax a courtesy copy of this order to the Litigation Coordinator at California State
Prison, Sacramento at (916) 294-3072.
Dated: September 25, 2017
CAROLYN K. DELANEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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?