GERMAN AMERICAN FINANCIAL ADVISORS AND TRUST COMPANY v. RIGSBY et al
ORDER granting German American's 9 Motion for Summary Judgment. The Rigsbys are required to pay German American the amount of $214,403.60 (which includes the principal, late charge, and attorneys' fees) plus post-judgment interest. German American has thirty days (30) to request an award of additional attorneys' fees. Signed by Judge Richard L. Young on 2/17/2015. (TMD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
GERMAN AMERICAN FINANCIAL
ADVISORS AND TRUST COMPANY as
Trustee of the Robert G. Woodward, Sr.
JERRY C. RIGSBY,
MARY F. RIGSBY, defaulted 10/23/2014,
ENTRY ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
Plaintiff, German American Financial Advisors and Trust Company, as trustee of
the Robert G. Woodward, Sr. Roth IRA (“German American”), allege that Defendants,
Jerry and Mary Rigsby, defaulted on a promissory note. Plaintiff moves for summary
judgment arguing that there is no dispute of fact that the promissory note came due and
was not paid. Defendants did not respond. 1 For the reasons set forth below, the court
GRANTS Plaintiff’s motion.
Defendants, acting pro se, filed a document requesting additional time to respond to the
summary judgment motion. Along with that document, Defendants set forth an argument against
summary judgment and attached exhibits in opposition to the motion for summary judgment.
The Magistrate Judge ordered Defendants to file an amended response to the motion for
summary judgment in compliance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure within thirty days.
(Filing No. 21). Defendants failed to comply with this order. Thus, they are deemed to have not
On June 29, 2009, the Rigsbys entered into a Promissory Note (“Note”) with
Wachovia Bank, Trustee of the Robert Woodward, Sr. Roth IRA for the principal amount
of $200,000.00. (Promissory Note, Complaint Exhibit A). Wachovia assigned the Note
to German American on June 11, 2012, which accepted it on June 19, 2012. (Assignment
and Acceptance Exhibits, Complaint Exhibits B and C). The Note matured on June 22,
2014, with the principal amount due that day. To date, the Rigsbys have not paid the
The purpose of summary judgment is to “pierce the pleadings and to assess the proof
in order to see whether there is a genuine need for trial.” Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v.
Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 587 (1986). Summary judgment is appropriate if the
record “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). A genuine issue of
material fact exists if there is sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to return a verdict
in favor of the non-moving party on the particular issue. See Anderson v. Liberty Lobby,
Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 248 (1986).
Before discussing the merits of the lawsuit, the court must first consider what
effect the clerk’s entry of default against Mary Rigsby has on the present motion. The
court will then consider the merits and what damages to award.
Default against Mary Rigsby
The clerk entered default against Mary Rigsby on October 23, 2014.
Nevertheless, the court may enter summary judgment against her because German
American has not yet applied to the court for default judgment. 2 See Fed. R. Civ. P.
Default on the Note
Pursuant to the Note, the Rigsbys were to pay the outstanding principal and any
interest and penalties on June 22, 2014. (Exhibit A). Default occurs when the borrower
fails to make any payment under the Note when due. Because the Rigsbys failed to make
the $200,000.00 payment upon maturation of the Note, they have defaulted under the
Note. Thus, German American is entitled to judgment in its favor.
Damages and Attorneys’ Fees and Costs
Pursuant to the Note, the Rigsbys now owe the principal of $200,000.00, a late
charge of $10,000.00, and default interest in the amount of $82.19 per day computed at
15% per annum. The Rigsbys also owe attorneys’ fees. German American is seeking
those damages in this action and $13,853.69 in attorneys’ fees. The court finds that
German American is entitled to $210,000.00 under the note, plus post-judgment interest.
However, the court will only award attorneys’ fees in the amount of $4,403.60 at this
time. The remaining $9,450.00 is an estimate provided by plaintiff’s counsel. (James
The court notes that German American filed a second proposed order regarding its summary
judgment motion, with a new title granting summary judgment and entering default judgment.
Rule 55 states that a “party must apply to the court for a default judgment.” Fed. R. Civ. P.
55(b)(2). Therefore, the court will not enter default judgment without the requisite motion.
Johnson Affidavit ¶ 13). Plaintiff may file for any additional fees expended since the
filing of its motion for summary judgment within thirty (30) days.
In conclusion, the court finds that Jerry and Mary Rigsby defaulted under the
Note, and thus, the court GRANTS German American’s motion for summary judgment
(Filing No. 9). The Rigsbys are required to pay German American the amount of
$214,403.60 (which includes the principal, late charge, and attorneys’ fees) plus postjudgment interest. German American has thirty days (30) to request an award of
additional attorneys’ fees.
SO ORDERED this 17th day of February 2015.
RICHARD L. YOUNG, CHIEF JUDGE
United States District Court
Southern District of Indiana
Distributed Electronically to Registered Counsel of Record and
Copy Mailed to:
Jerry C. Rigsby
1220 S. Kings Drive
Charlotte, NC 28207
Mary F. Rigsby
1220 S. Kings Drive
Charlotte, NC 28207
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