Meneweather v. Powell et al

Filing 37

ORDER by Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, DENYING 14 Motion for Default Judgment (lrc, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/12/2009) Modified on 2/13/2009 (jlm, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA TOMAS L. MENEWEATHER, Plaintiff, v. B. POWELL, et al., Defendants. No. C 07-04204 SBA (PR) ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT / Plaintiff, a state prisoner, has filed a pro se complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983. On December 23, 2008, Plaintiff filed a motion for default judgment. Under Rule 55 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, judgment by default may be entered "[w]hen a party against whom affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead or otherwise defend as provided by these rules." Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a). On the date Plaintiff filed his motion for default judgment, the complaint had not been served on Defendants. At that time, Defendants had not failed to defend this action.1 Therefore, the facts alleged by Plaintiff in his motion do not entitle him to an entry of default against them. Accordingly, Plaintiff's request for default judgment is DENIED. This Order terminates Docket no. 14. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: 2/11/09 SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG United States District Judge 12, 2009. The complaint has since been served on Defendants, and they filed their answer on January 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA TOMAS L MENEWEATHER, Plaintiff, v. B POWELL et al, Defendant. / Case Number: CV07-04204 SBA CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. That on February 12, 2009, I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. Tomas Lopez Meneweather D35219 Salinas Valley State Prison P.O. Box 1050 Soledad, CA 93960 Dated: February 12, 2009 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: LISA R CLARK, Deputy Clerk 2

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