Tri-State Truck Center, Inc. v. Safeway Transport, LLC et al

Filing 17

ORDER requesting a supplemental filing re: attorneys' fees in support of the motion for default judgment 16 . TSL should docket the supplemental filing within 10 days of this Order. Signed by Chief District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III on November 23, 2023. (EHP)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI NORTHERN DIVISION TRI-STATE TRUCK CENTER, INC. PLAINTIFF V. CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:23-CV-410-DPJ-FKB SAFEWAY TRANSPORT, LLC, KH ENTERPRISE, LLC, KINA SANDERS, KENYASCICUS SANDERS, ET AL. DEFENDANTS ORDER In considering TSL’s motion for default judgment [16], the Court desires additional information to substantiate the costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by the two law firms involved. See Drinkwater Aff. [16-2] at 2 (offering to provide additional information upon request); Reback Declaration [16-4] at 1 (limiting declaration to total amount sought); see also Miller v. Ledbetter, No. 4:12-CV-97, 2013 WL 6817624, at *1 (S.D. Miss. Dec. 23, 2013) (“Generally, a request for attorneys’ fees is not a ‘sum certain’ as contemplated by Rule 55(b)(1).”) (citing Stolicker v. Muller, Muller, Richmond, Harms, Myers, & Sgroi, P.C., No. 1:04-CV-733, 2005 WL 2180481, at *5 (W.D. Mich. Sept. 9, 2005) (“A reasonable attorney fee requires a judicial evaluation of the evidence regarding the fee. A sum certain, is just that, a liquidated amount that requires nothing further. Cases discussing whether a reasonable attorney fee is a sum certain in the context of the federal rules of civil procedure are instructive and establish that a ‘reasonable attorney fee’ is not a ‘sum certain.’”) (citations omitted)). TSL should docket the supplemental filing within 10 days of this Order. 1 1 As to the attorneys’ fees paid in defending the California action (Reback Declaration), TSL may either (1) provide additional information showing these fees are reasonable or (2) explain why these fees should not be subject to the reasonableness inquiry under Rule 55(b)(1). SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 13th day of November, 2023. s/ Daniel P. Jordan III CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2

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