Perfecting Church et al v. Royster, Carberry, Goldman & Associates, Inc. et al

Filing 32

ORDER REQUIRING SERVICE re 28 MOTION for Default Judgment as to All Defendants filed by Marvin Winans, Cynthia Flowers, Perfecting Church by Friday, June 25, 2010. Signed by District Judge Gerald E Rosen. (DGoo)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION PERFECTING CHURCH, MARVIN WINANS, and CYNTHIA FLOWERS, Plaintiffs, v. ROYSTER, CARBERRY, GOLDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC., et al, Defendants. __________________________________/ ORDER REQUIRING SERVICE OF MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT At a session of said Court, held in the U.S. Courthouse, Detroit, Michigan on 6/23/10 PRESENT: Honorable Gerald E. Rosen Chief Judge, United States District Court Case No. 09-cv-13493 Hon. Gerald E. Rosen Plaintiffs Perfecting Church, Marvin Winans and Cynthia Flowers filed a securities fraud/breach of contract Complaint on September 3, 2009, alleging that Defendants induced Plaintiffs to invest approximately $503,171.04, then created false account statements to create the illusion that Plaintiffs' investments were being properly managed. Defendants Royster, Carberry, Goldman & Associates, Inc., Martin Royster, Lloyd Banks and Toine Murphy were served process in the month that followed the initiation of this suit.1 Plaintiffs sought and were granted an extension of time for service on Defendant Shannon Steel. Plaintiffs were also granted an ex parte motion for alternate service. The Summons and Complaint were served on Defendant Steel by U.S. mail on February 4, 2010. Defendant Steel failed to timely file an answer. Upon Plaintiffs' request, a Clerk's Entry of Default pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a) was filed as to Defendant Steel on March 24, 2010. Plaintiffs filed a Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendants Royster, Carberry, Goldman & Associates, Inc., and Shannon Steel on June 7, 2010. The Motion is set for hearing in this Court on June 29, 2010. Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(a)(2), no service of a written motion is required on a party who is in default for failing to appear. Nevertheless, given the not insignificant potential money damages at stake, the Court finds that a copy of the Motion for Default Judgment should be served on Defandant Steel in an abundance of caution and in the interest of fairness. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs shall serve Defendant Shannon Steel with a copy of the Motion for Default Judgment by Friday, June 25, 2010.2 Dated: s/ Gerald Rosen Chief Judge, United States District Court 1 A Clerk's Entry of Default was entered on December 3, 2009 as to Defendant Royster, Carberry, Goldman & Associates, Inc. 2 Service by mail to Defendant Steel's last known address is sufficient under Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(b)(2)(C). Plaintiffs should be prepared to offer proof of service at the June 29, 2010 hearing on the Motion for Default Judgment.

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