American Contractors Indemnity Company v. Midwest Crete Construction, Inc. et al
ORDER: Plaintiff AMERICAN CONTRACTORS INDEMNITY COMPANY'S ("ACIC") Motion for Entry of Final Judgment after Default (the "Motion") 15 is granted. The Clerk of Court is directed to enter a Final Default Judgment in fav or of Plaintiff American Contractors Indemnity Company, whose address is 601 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California 90017, and against Defendant Midwest Crete Construction, Inc., whose last known address is 4802 Jacobs Glenn Dr., Tampa, Florida 336 10, for $320,164.30, which amount shall accrue interest pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1961 at the rate of.61% per annum, until paid, for all which let execution issue forthwith. The Court reserves jurisdiction to determine ACIC's entitlement to attorney's fees and costs incurred in this action. ACIC shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 54 and Local Rule 4.18. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case. Signed by Judge James S. Moody, Jr on 9/27/2016. (LN)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
MIDWEST CRETE CONSTRUCTION,
INC., ROBERT H. SWAIN, and NADINE
DEFAULT FINAL JUDGMENT AGAINST DEFENDANT
MIDWEST CRETE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
CONTRACTORS INDEMNITY COMPANY’S (“ACIC”) Motion for Entry of Final
Judgment after Default (the “Motion”) [Dkt. 15] against Defendant MIDWEST CRETE
CONSTRUCTION, INC. (“Midwest”). 1 The Court, having reviewed the Motion and the
pertinent papers and pleadings on file with the Court, and being otherwise fully advised of
the premises, concludes that the Motion should be granted.
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(b)(2), a court may enter a final judgment
of default against a party who has failed to plead in response to a complaint. A default
As set forth in the Motion [Dkt. 15] as well as ACIC’s Response to Order to Show Cause [Dkt.
14], Defendants Robert H. Swain and Nadine Swain filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition on
July 15, 2016. See Case No: 8:16-bk-06044 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the
Middle District of Florida. As such, ACIC seeks final judgment as to only Defendant Midwest.
judgment may be entered “against a defendant who never appears or answers a complaint,
for in such circumstances, the case never has been placed at issue.” Solaroll Shade &
Shutter Corp. v. Bio-Energy Sys., 803 F.2d 1130, 1134 (11th Cir. 1986). All well-pleaded
allegations of fact are deemed admitted upon entry of default; however, before entering a
default judgment, a court must confirm that it has jurisdiction over the claims and that the
complaint adequately states a claim for which relief may be granted. See Nishimatsu Const.
Co. v. Houston Nat. Bank, 515 F.2d 1200, 1206 (5th Cir. 1975); 1 see also GMAC
Commercial Mortg. Corp. v. Maitland Hotel Assocs., 218 F. Supp. 2d 1355, 1359 (M.D.
Here, the Court has diversity jurisdiction over ACIC’s breach of contractual
indemnity claims. Also, the complaint’s allegations are sufficient to state a claim for
breach of contract/contractual indemnity against Defendant Midwest. ACIC alleged that
Midwest signed the Indemnity Agreement and attached a copy of the Indemnity Agreement
to the complaint. ACIC also alleged that Midwest breached the Indemnity Agreement. For
example, ACIC alleged that: Midwest agreed to indemnify ACIC from any liability for
losses and expenses; ACIC issued the Bonds naming Midwest as principal after the
indemnitors signed the Indemnity Agreement; ACIC received claims against the Bonds;
In Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206, 1209 (11th Cir.1981) (en banc), the
Eleventh Circuit adopted as binding precedent all the decisions of the former United States
Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the close of business on
September 30, 1981.
and ACIC demanded that Midwest comply with its indemnity obligations to reimburse
ACIC, but Midwest failed to comply. As a result, ACIC incurred damages.
With respect to ACIC’s damages, the affidavit of ACIC’s Vice President for Bond
Claims, Paul Guelpa, specifically identifies the damages as follows: ACIC has paid
$300,000 to satisfy performance bond claims and $6,949.32 to satisfy payment bond
claims; ACIC also incurred consultant’s fees of $5,126.48 to assist in investigating and
resolving the performance bond claims on the Projects; and ACIC incurred attorney’s fees
and costs of $8,088.50 for investigating and resolving claims on the Projects. Accordingly,
ACIC’s total damages in the amount of $320,164.30 are sufficiently established without
the necessity of a hearing. 2
It is therefore ORDERED and ADJUDGED that:
Plaintiff AMERICAN CONTRACTORS INDEMNITY COMPANY’S
(“ACIC”) Motion for Entry of Final Judgment after Default (the “Motion”) [Dkt. 15] is
The Clerk of Court is directed to enter a Final Default Judgment in favor of
Plaintiff American Contractors Indemnity Company, whose address is 601 S. Figueroa St.,
Los Angeles, California 90017, and against Defendant Midwest Crete Construction, Inc.,
whose last known address is 4802 Jacobs Glenn Dr., Tampa, Florida 33610, for
Indeed, the amounts are sworn to by an authorized representative of ACIC, supported by an itemized statement of
the amount of the payments, and supported by copies of the checks showing ACIC’s payments for those amounts.
$320,164.30, which amount shall accrue interest pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1961 at the rate of
.61% per annum, until paid, for all which let execution issue forthwith.
The Court reserves jurisdiction to determine ACIC’s entitlement to
attorney’s fees and costs incurred in this action. ACIC shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P.
54 and Local Rule 4.18.
The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case.
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