Watermark Construction, L.P. v. Southern-Owners Insurance Company et al
ORDER granting 59 Motion for Entry of Default against Apache Stucco, Inc. on cross-claim. Signed by Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith on 12/1/2017. (Smith, Thomas)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
WATERMARK CONSTRUCTION, L.P.,
Case No: 6:17-cv-1814-Orl-40TBS
COMPANY, APACHE STUCCO, INC.
and OAK MEADOW LIMITED
Defendant Southern-Owners Insurance Company’s Motion for Default on
Crossclaim, as to Apache Stucco, Inc. (Doc. 59) is pending before this Court. Plaintiff
served Defendant Apache Stucco, Inc. by serving its registered agent/director Linda J.
Lambert at 463 Still Forest Terrance, Sanford, Florida on July 5, 2017 (Doc. 12). Plaintiff
amended its complaint on July 28, 2017 (Doc. 10) and on August 10, 2017, SouthernOwners answered and cross-claimed against Apache Stucco (Doc. 16 at 1, 6-8). 1
On September 11, 2017, Plaintiff served its amended complaint on Ms. Lambert at
the address given by the first process server (Doc. 45 at 1). Apache Stucco did not
appear and on November 6, 2017, Plaintiff moved for the entry of a clerk’s default (Doc.
47). The Court initially denied the motion without prejudice (Doc. 48), but after further
briefing, granted it on November 17, 2017 (Doc. 55 at 2).
1 Southern-Owners’ states that it filed its answer and cross-claim on October 27, 2017, at Docket
Entry 34. See (Doc. 59 at 2, ¶ 5). The pleading filed on October 27, 2017 at Docket Entry 34 was “Oak
Meadows Limited Partnership’s Answer and Affirmative Defenses to Southern-Owners’ Insurance
Company’s Cross-claim for Declaratory Relief.” Southern-Owners repeated this mistake in its attorney
affidavit (Doc. 59-3 at 1-3).
Southern-Owners represents that on November 6, 2017, it sent a copy of its crossclaim to Apache Stucco via United Parcel Service addressed to Ms. Lambert at the same
address where she was served by Plaintiff’s process servers (Doc. 59 at 2, ¶ 6; Doc. 59-1
at 1-24). A “Proof of Delivery” bearing the same tracking number as the shipping label
shows that the cross-claim was delivered to Ms. Lambert’s front door on November 7,
2017 at 10:03 am (Doc. 59-2).
Southern-Owners’ decision to serve Apache Stucco by mail is permitted under
FED. R. CIV. P. 5(b)(2)(C). 6 CHARLES ALAN WRIGHT & ARTHUR R. MILLER, FEDERAL
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE CIVIL § 1407 (3d ed. 2017); 4B CHARLES ALAN WRIGHT &
ARTHUR R. MILLER, FEDERAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE CIVIL § 1148 (4th ed. 2017).
Service is considered complete upon mailing. FED. R. CIV. P. 5(b)(2)(C).
Apache Stucco had 24 days from the date of service of the cross-claim to respond.
See FED. R. CIV. P. 6(d) (when service is made under Rule 5(b)(2)(C), three additional
days are added to the 21 days mandated in FED. R. CIV. P. 12(a)(1)(B)). Apache Stucco’s
response was due by November 30, 2017. It has failed to respond and the time within to
do so has expired. Accordingly, Southern-Owner’s Motion for Default on Crossclaim (Doc.
59) is GRANTED. The Clerk shall enter default against Apache Stucco on SouthernOwner’s cross-claim.
DONE and ORDERED in Orlando, Florida on December 1, 2017.
Copies furnished to:
Counsel of Record
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?