PWS Environmental Inc. v. All Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC et al
ORDER granting 21 Plaintiff's Request for Entry of Default Against Defendant All Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC. The Clerk is directed to enter a Clerk's Default against Defendant All Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC. Signed by Magistrate Judge Carol Mirando on 4/11/2018. (DRS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
FORT MYERS DIVISION
PWS ENVIRONMENTAL INC., a
privately-held Illinois corporation
Case No: 2:18-cv-109-FtM-99CM
ALL CLEAR RESTORATION &
REMEDIATION, LLC, BAYFRONT
ASSOCIATION, INC., THE
MIRAGE ON THE GULF
CONDOMINIUM, BORGHESE AT
HAMMOCK BAY CONDOMINIUM
ASSOCIATION, INC., VINTAGE
ASSOCIATION, INC. and 400 LA
This matter comes before the Court upon review of Plaintiff's Request for Entry
of Default Against Defendant All Clear Restoration and Remediation, LLC (“All
Clear”) filed on April 10, 2018. Doc. 21. Plaintiff filed Proof and Return of Service
forms showing it served Defendant All Clear with a copy of the Summons, the
Complaint and the Exhibits attached thereto. Doc. 21-2; see also Doc. 14. Plaintiff
also filed an affidavit in support of its request. Doc. 21-1. To date, All Clear has
not appeared in this action.
Pursuant to Rule 55(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, “[w]hen a party
against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead or
otherwise defend, and that failure is shown by affidavit or otherwise, the clerk must
enter the party’s default.” Similarly, Middle District of Florida Local Rule 1.07(b)
When service of process has been effected but no appearance or response
is made within the time and manner provided by Rule 12, Fed. R. Civ.
P., the party effecting service shall promptly apply to the Clerk for entry
of default pursuant to Rule 55(a), Fed. R. Civ. P.
M.D. Fla. R. 1.07(b). Prior to directing the Clerk to enter a default, the Court must
first determine whether the plaintiff properly effected service of process. United
States v. Donald, No. 3:09-cv-147-J-32HTS, 2009 WL 1810357, at *1 (M.D. Fla. June
Limited liability companies may be served upon the company’s registered
agent, an employee of the registered agent, an officer, a managing or general agent,
or “any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process.”
Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(h)(1)(B); Fla. Stat. § 48.062(1).
Here, the Proof of Service and
Return of Service forms state on March 19, 2018, a process server served the
Summons and the Complaint with Exhibits on Brandy Howard, a person designated
by law to accept service of process on behalf of All Clear, a limited liability company.
Doc. 21-2 at 1-2. Thus, service of process was properly effected under Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 4(h).
Under Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a defendant must serve
an answer or otherwise respond to a complaint within 21 days of service of process.
Here, All Clear has failed to do so within the time period. Therefore, the entry of
Clerk’s Default as to All Clear under Rule 55(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure and Middle District of Florida Local Rule 1.07(b) is appropriate.
ACCORDINGLY, it is
Plaintiff's Request for Entry of Default Against Defendant All Clear
Restoration and Remediation, LLC (Doc. 21) is GRANTED.
The Clerk is directed to enter a Clerk’s Default against Defendant All
Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC.
DONE and ORDERED in Fort Myers, Florida on this 11th day of April, 2018.
Counsel of record
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