Scarpino v. Bodian et al
OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs Motion to Compel Defendants Initial Disclosures, [Doc. No. 12], Plaintiffs Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendants, [Doc. No. 18], Defendants Martin H. Bodian and Bodia n & Bodians Motion to Set Aside Clerks Entry of Default, [Doc. No. 25], and Plaintiffs Motion for Enlargement of Time for Clerk of Court to Effect Personal Service on Behalf of In Forma Pauperis Plaintiff, [Doc. No. 30]. Plaintiffs Motion to Compel i nitial disclosures is denied. Pursuant to Rule 26(a)(1)(C), a party is not required to make the initial disclosures at or within 14 days after the parties Rule 26(f) conference. The Court has not yet set a scheduling conference in this matter, and th erefore, no disclosures are due. Defendants Martin H. Bodian and Boxian & Bodians Motion to Set Aside Clerks Entry of Default is granted. The Court agrees with Defendants that entry of default judgment is a rare judicial act, Comiskey v. JRTJ Corp, 9 89 F.2d 1007,1009 (8th Cir. 1993), and that adjudication should be on the merits. Johnson v.Dayton Elec. Mfg. Co., 140 F.3d 781, 784 (8th Cir. 1998). Plaintiff hasdemonstrated no prejudice which may or will be suffered in the event the Courtsets asid e the Clerks entry of default. In light of the judicial policy that matters should be adjudicated on the merits rather than through default and Defendants demonstration that the failure to file a responsive pleading was the result of excusable neglec t, the Court grants the Motion to Set Aside Clerks Entry of Default. The Entry of Default entered on December 12, 2012, is accordingly set aside.Plaintiffs Motion for Default Judgment is denied as moot by reason of the Courts previous ruling. Plainti ffs Motion for Extension of Time for Clerk to effect personal service on David Bodian is denied as Moot. Defendant David Bodian had appeared in this matter through counsel, thereby alleviating the need for personal service. 12 18 30 25 Signed by District Judge Henry E. Autrey on 6/5/13. (CLA)
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