USA v. Nguyen
ORDER granting 10 Motion for summary judgment to the extent set forth in the order. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment in favor of Plaintiff in the amount of $7,611.05 and then to close this case. Signed by Judge Susan C Bucklew on 8/26/2013. (JD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 8:13-cv-1538-T-24 AEP
LAI N. NGUYEN,
This cause comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment. (Doc.
No. 10). Defendant has not filed a response in opposition, and as such, the Court construes the
motion to be unopposed.
I. Standard of Review
Summary judgment is appropriate “if the movant shows that there is no genuine dispute
as to any material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed. R. Civ. P.
56(a). The Court must draw all inferences from the evidence in the light most favorable to the
non-movant and resolve all reasonable doubts in that party's favor. See Porter v. Ray, 461 F.3d
1315, 1320 (11th Cir. 2006)(citation omitted). The moving party bears the initial burden of
showing the Court, by reference to materials on file, that there are no genuine issues of material
fact that should be decided at trial. See id. (citation omitted). When a moving party has
discharged its burden, the non-moving party must then go beyond the pleadings, and by its own
affidavits, or by depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, designate
specific facts showing there is a genuine issue for trial. See id. (citation omitted).
II. Motion for Summary Judgment
Plaintiff filed this lawsuit against Defendant for a default on a student loan that was
entered into in 1988. Currently, the principal amount due is $1,978.25. (Doc. No. 10, Ex. A).
Interest has been accruing at 8%, and accrued interest as of January 2, 2007 was $4,589.19.
(Doc. No. 10, Ex. A). After January 2, 2007, interest has been accruing at a rate of $ 0.43 per
day, with an additional $1,043.61 in interest due (for 2,427 days since January 2, 2007). (Doc.
No. 10, Ex. A). Thus, the total amount of principal and interest currently due is $7,611.05.
On July 9, 2013, Defendant, proceeding pro se, filed an answer to the complaint. (Doc.
No. 9). In his answer, Defendant asserts the defense that he signed a promissory note for
repayment of the amounts due on June 20, 2013, and he cites to an attachment. (Doc. No. 9).
The attachment, however, is an application, not an executed promissory note. (Doc. No. 9).
Thereafter, Plaintiff filed the instant motion for summary judgment. The Court warned
Defendant that if he failed to file a response to the motion for summary judgment by August 23,
2013, the Court would consider the motion to be unopposed. (Doc. No. 11). To date, Defendant
has not filed a response in opposition. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiff’s motion for
summary judgment and awards Plaintiff $7,611.05 as the total amount of principal and interest
currently due under the note.
Plaintiff also seeks an award of $1,125 in costs, consisting of $1,100 in attorney’s fees
and $25 as a fee for service. (Doc. No. 10, p. 3). While Plaintiff states that it “is entitled to
attorney’s fees pursuant to contract,” Plaintiff does not attach the contract to support this
assertion. Additionally, Plaintiff does not include any documentary support for the $25 service
fee. As such, the Court denies Plaintiff’s motion for costs without prejudice.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that:
Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. No. 10) is GRANTED to the
extent set forth above.
The Clerk is directed to enter judgment in favor of Plaintiff in the amount of
$7,611.05 and then to close this case.
DONE AND ORDERED at Tampa, Florida, this 26th day of August, 2013.
Counsel of Record
Pro Se Defendant
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