Bruce et al v. U.S. Bank National Association et al
ORDER denying without prejudice 21 Plaintiffs' Renewed Motion for Clerk's Default. Signed by Magistrate Judge Julie S. Sneed on 11/9/2017. (SMC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
ROY W. BRUCE and ALICE BRUCE,
Case No: 8:17-cv-2023-T-33JSS
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Renewed Motion for Clerk’s Default
(“Renewed Motion”). (Dkt. 21.) Plaintiffs move for entry of clerk’s default under Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 55(a) for Defendant Albertelli Law’s failure to plead or otherwise defend
against this action. Plaintiffs’ previous Motion for Entry of Clerk’s Default as to Albertelli Law
was denied without prejudice because Plaintiffs failed to file the process server’s affidavit as proof
of service upon Albertelli Law. (Dkt. 20.) In Plaintiffs’ Renewed Motion, Plaintiffs attach emails
from the process server stating that the Defendant was served. (Dkt. 21.) Plaintiffs also state that
a “certificate of service is attached to this pleading.” (Dkt. 21 at 11.) However, Plaintiffs have
again failed to file the process server’s affidavit required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
4(l)(1).1 Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(l)(1); see Manheim Auto. Fin. Servs., Inc. v. Info. Matrix Techs., Inc.,
All litigants are “subject to the relevant law and rules of court, including the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure,” regardless of whether the litigant is represented by an attorney. See Moon v.
Newsome, 863 F.2d 835, 837 (11th Cir. 1989). The Local Rules for the Middle District of Florida
are available on the Court’s website at http://www.flmd.uscourts.gov/LocalRules.htm, or in the
Clerk’s Office. The Court’s website also includes additional information about proceeding without
a lawyer, available at http://www.flmd.uscourts.gov/pro_se/default.htm. Moreover, the Tampa
Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association operates a Legal Information Program on Tuesdays
from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second floor (next to the Clerk’s Office) of the Sam M.
Gibbons United States Courthouse, 801 North Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602. Through that
No. 2:12-CV-360-FTM-29, 2012 WL 3947207, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 10, 2012).
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Renewed Motion for Clerk’s Default (Dkt.
21) is DENIED without prejudice.
DONE and ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, on November 9, 2017.
Copies furnished to:
Counsel of Record
program, pro se litigants may consult with a lawyer on a limited basis for free. More information
about the program is available on the Court’s website at www.flmd.uscourts.gov/pro_se/docs/proseLegal_Assist.htm.
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