Nilsen et al v. Axiom Construction Group LLC
ORDER granting 11 Motion for default order and injunction. (Written Opinion) Signed by Judge Paul A. Magnuson on 2/6/2024. (ALT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
Patrick Nilsen and John Nesse, as Trustees
of the Carpenters and Joiners Welfare
Fund, and each of their successors,
Civ. No. 23-3113 (PAM/DJF)
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Axiom Construction Group, LLC,
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Motion for an order of default and an
injunction. (Docket No. 11.) For the following reasons, the Court grants the Motion.
Plaintiffs are trustees of several multi-employer fringe-benefit funds.
entering into Collective Bargaining Agreements with trade unions, employers such as
Defendant here agrees to make contributions to these funds on behalf of their employees.
When an employer fails to make the required contributions, the funds conduct audits of the
employer’s records. Often, however, the employer fails or refuses to provide records to
allow the funds to conduct such audits. The trustees must often resort to litigation to
enforce compliance with the CBA’s requirements.
In this case, Defendant Axiom Construction Group LLC, entered into a CBA that
required contributions to the fringe-benefit fund Plaintiffs represent and also requires
Axiom to submit report forms each month outlining the hours worked by all employees
covered by the CBA. Axiom has failed to submit either the contributions it owes or the
required report forms for the period from June 2023 through December 2023. Plaintiffs
brought this lawsuit contending that Axiom’s failure to pay and to submit report forms was
a breach of the parties’ agreement. Plaintiffs now ask the Court to issue an injunction
requiring Axiom to submit its report forms so that Plaintiffs can determine the amount
Axiom owes and seek a money judgment. Axiom did not respond to the Complaint, and in
November 2023, the Clerk of Court entered default against Defendants. (Docket No. 9.)
This Court held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Default Order and Injunction
on February 1, 2024. Axiom did not appear at this hearing. As such, Axiom is in default
and Plaintiffs are entitled to the relief they request in the Complaint. In particular, Plaintiffs
have established that Axiom has breached its obligations under the CBAs by failing to
submit all required fringe-benefit fund remittance reports disclosing hours worked by
covered employees for the period June 2023 through December 2023.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
Plaintiffs’ Motion for Default Order and Injunction (Docket No. 11) is
Within 10 days of the date of this Order, Defendant Axiom Construction
Group LLC is ORDERED to submit the fringe fund remittance reports due
for the months of June 2023 through December 2023 to Wilson-McShane
Corporation, 500 Metro Drive, Suite 300, Bloomington, MN 55425,
accurately disclosing all covered hours worked by Axiom’s employees in
accordance with the CBA;
Axiom is liable to the Fund for all fringe benefit contributions found to be
due and unpaid for June 2023 through December 2023, together with
liquidated damages of 10%, interest due on any unpaid contributions at the
rate of 8%, and attorney’s fees and costs incurred in collecting the
delinquency pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 1132(a) and (g) and the CBA;
Within 30 days after receiving all required remittance reports from Axiom,
Plaintiffs shall move for a money judgment for all unpaid contributions owed
for hours Axiom’s covered employees worked from June 2023 through
December 2023, including liquidated damages, interest, and reasonable
attorney’s fees and costs. The Court may enter judgment fourteen (14) days
after service of the motion and declaration on Axiom without further hearing.
LET JUDGMENT BE ENTERED ACCORDINGLY.
s/Paul A. Magnuson
February 6, 2024
Paul A. Magnuson
United States District Court Judge
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