Mongler v. Knight et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER. (See Full Order.) IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion for clerk's default 45 and the motion to reconsider 48 are denied. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the answer filed on July 28, 2017 is deemed timely filed with leave of Court. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on 8/2/2017. (CBL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
BRIAN KNIGHT, et al.,
Case No. 2:17 CV 6 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This case is before the Court on two motions. Plaintiff seeks entry of default
against certain defendants because those defendants failed to file an answer after I
denied their motion to dismiss. In response to that motion, the defendants filed a
document arguing that it would be unjust to enter default against them because
they inadvertently failed to file an answer, and then they filed their answer, but
failed to seek leave of Court to do so. One defendant also filed a motion for
reconsideration of the denial of its motion to dismiss.
In the interests of justice I will deny the plaintiff’s motion and will deem
defendants’ answer to have been filed with leave of court. In the future defendants
are warned that failure to comply strictly with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
may not be met with such lenience.
I will also deny the motion to reconsider. I continue to believe my
conclusions in the order were correct.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion for clerk’s default  and the
motion to reconsider  are denied.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the answer filed on July 28, 2017 is
deemed timely filed with leave of Court.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 2nd day of August, 2017.
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