UFCW Union Local No. 88 & Employers Health and Welfare Fund et al v. Jeremy's Markets and Meats, LLC
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Default Judgment is GRANTED. (Doc No. 5 .) An appropriate Judgment showing Defendant's full liability of $10,257.60 shall accompany this Memorandum and Order. Signed by District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig on May 20, 2015. (BRP)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
UFCW UNION LOCAL NO. 88, et al.,
JEREMY’S MARKETS AND MEATS,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ motion for default judgment against
Defendant Jeremy’s Markets and Meats, LLC. Plaintiffs filed this action to recover unpaid
delinquent contributions, owed to Plaintiffs pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income
Security Act (“ERISA”), 29 U.S.C. § 1132 (g)(2). Plaintiffs are the union and trustees of the
Employers Health and Welfare Fund.
On May 5, 2015, a Clerk’s Entry of Default was entered as to Defendant. In their
motion for default judgment, Plaintiffs seek judgment against Defendant in the amounts of
$6,752.00 for delinquent contributions, $607.68 for interest, $607.68 for interest in lieu of
liquidated damages, $1,755.00 for attorney’s fees, and $535.24 in costs, for a total of
$10,257.60 in damages. Plaintiffs have provided documentation supporting their assertion
that they incurred these expenses. (Doc. Nos. 5-1, 5-2, & 5-3.)
“Where default has been entered, the allegations of the complaint, except as to the
amount of damages are taken as true.” Caprenters’ Dist. Council of Greater St. Louis and
Vicinity v. Hard Rock Foundations, LLC, No. 4:13CV01549 AGF, 2013 WL 6037097, at *2
(E.D. Mo. Nov. 14, 2013) (citation omitted). Furthermore, “in determining the amount of
damages for a default judgment in an ERISA case brought by a plan against an employer, the
court may rely on detailed affidavits or documentary evidence to determine the appropriate
sum for the default judgment.” Painters Dist. Council 2 v. Grau Contracting, Inc., No.
4:10CV02339 AGF, 2012 WL 2848708, at *1 (E.D. Mo. July 11, 2012) (internal quotation
omitted). A plaintiff is entitled to recover all of the principal contributions owed pursuant to
the payroll examination, interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs. 29 U.S.C. § 1132(g)(2)(E).
Damages must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. See Iron Workers St. Louis
Dist. v. Arrow Fence, Inc., No. 4:11CV02019 AGF, 2013 WL 991658, at *2 (E.D. Mo. Mar.
13, 2013). Plaintiffs have properly proven their damages by a preponderance of the evidence
Upon review of the record,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment is
GRANTED. (Doc No. 5.)
An appropriate Judgment showing Defendant’s full liability of $10,257.60 shall
accompany this Memorandum and Order.
AUDREY G. FLEISSIG
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 20th day of May, 2015.
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