Kennan v. Colvin
ORDER denying 16 Motion for Default Judgment. This case shall proceed as set forth in the Joint Case Management Plan (ECF No. 18 ). By Judge Wiley Y. Daniel on 02/12/2016. (athom, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel
Civil Action No. 15-cv-02557-WYD
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
THIS MATTER comes before the Court on the Plaintiff’s Motion for Default
Judgment by the Court (ECF No. 16). Defendant filed a response in opposition to the
Plaintiff filed her Complaint pro se, seeking judicial review of the administrative
law judge’s decision denying her claim for social security disability benefits. In the
pending motion, Plaintiff appears to argue that she is entitled to a default judgment
against the Defendant because Defendant did not file its answer as of February 6, 2016.
As noted by Defendant in its response, my Order, dated December 2, 2015,
stated that “[t]he answer shall consist of a certified copy of the transcript of the
administrative record plus any affirmative defense, which if then not filed, shall be
waived. The Answer shall be filed not later than sixty (60) days, or sooner if practicable,
after service (or waiver or acceptance of service).” (ECF No. 7 at 2.b).
On December 2, 2015, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of
Colorado accepted service of Plaintiff’s Complaint. (ECF No. 9). On February 1, 2016,
the Defendant filed a certified copy of the administrative record, which was within the 60
day deadline set forth in my Order. (ECF No. 15). Defendant did not assert any
Accordingly, because the certified copy of the transcript of the administrative
record constitutes the answer if no affirmative defenses are asserted, I find that
Defendant complied with its obligations to timely file its answer to Plaintiff’s Complaint.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment (ECF No. 16) is DENIED.
This case shall proceed as set forth in the Joint Case Management Plan (ECF No. 18).
Dated: February 12, 2016
BY THE COURT:
/s/ Wiley Y. Daniel
WILEY Y. DANIEL,
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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