J & J Productions, Inc. v. Garcia

Filing 22

ORDER by Judge Ronald M. Whyte denying 10 Motion for Default Judgment; granting 17 Motion to Set Aside Default. (rmwlc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/10/2008)

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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 ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT AND DENYING MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT Nos. C-08-00990 RMW; C-08-01872 RMW TSF E-Filed on: 10/10/2008 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION J & J SPORTS PRODUCTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, v. ISRAEL VALENCIA GARCIA, individually and dba LA COPA, Defendant. No. C-08-00990 RMW ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT AND DENYING MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT [Re Docket Nos. 10, 17] The defendant Israel Valencia Garcia lives in Texas. Garcia Decl. 4. He states that he was served with the summons and complaint in this action on May 28, 2008. Id. 2. He asked his brother (who lives in California) to search for an attorney, and he retained counsel on June 30. Id. 4, 5. His attorney filed an answer that day. See Docket No. 14. However, the plaintiff, J & J Sports Productions, Inc., had moved for default on June 18 (the day after Mr. Garcia's answer was due) and the clerk entered default on June 20. Docket Nos. 7, 8. Mr. Garcia now moves to set aside the default. The court may set aside an entry of default "for good cause." Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(c). Here, Mr. Garcia missed the deadline for filing his answer by less than two weeks, having had to retain counsel from more than a thousand miles from this 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 court. Upon retaining counsel, he diligently filed his answer. Furthermore, J & J has filed no opposition to the motion to set aside the default. The court deems these motions appropriate to decide without oral arguments. Civ. L.R. 71(b). Accordingly, the court grants the motion to set aside the default. As Mr. Garcia is no longer in default, the court denies J & J's motion for default judgment. The court schedules an initial case management conference for October 17 at 10:30. DATED: 10/10/2008 RONALD M. WHYTE United States District Judge ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT AND DENYING MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT Nos. C-08-00990 RMW; C-08-01872 RMW TSF 2 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 Notice of this document has been sent to: Counsel for Plaintiff: Thomas P. Riley Counsel for Defendant: Alfred R. Buzo alfredbuzo@hotmail.com t prlaw@att.net Counsel are responsible for distributing copies of this document to co-counsel that have not registered for e-filing under the court's CM/ECF program. Dated: 10/10/2008 TSF Chambers of Judge Whyte ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT AND DENYING MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT Nos. C-08-00990 RMW; C-08-01872 RMW TSF 3

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