St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council et al v. ILMO Contracting, LLC, et al.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs' Motion for Default Judgment 17 is GRANTED. A separate Judgment is entered this date. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on September 26, 2016. (MCB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS – KANSAS CITY
CARPENTERS REGIONAL COUNCIL,
ILMO CONTRACTING, LLC, et al.,
No. 4:16 CV 751 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council (the “Union”) and
various of its trust funds and their trustees claim that defendant ILMO Contracting,
LLC, failed to make contributions to the various funds as it was obligated to do
under its Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Union, in violation of ERISA,
29 U.S.C. § 1145. The Union also claims that defendants ILMO and Corey
Rogers, an individual, defaulted on two promissory notes held by the Union.
After being served with process, defendants failed to timely answer or
otherwise respond to plaintiffs’ amended complaint, and the clerk of court entered
default against them. Plaintiffs now move for entry of default judgment. Because
the affidavits and other evidence submitted support plaintiffs’ requested judgment,
I will grant their motion and enter default judgment against the defendants.
After default has been entered against a defendant, he is deemed to have
admitted all well-pleaded factual allegations in the complaint. See Taylor v. City of
Ballwin, 859 F.2d 1330, 1333 (8th Cir. 1988). While factual allegations in the
complaint are generally taken as true, those allegations relating to the amount of
damages must be proven to a reasonable degree of certainty. Everyday Learning
Corp. v. Larson, 242 F.3d 815, 818 (8th Cir. 2001); Stephenson v. El-Batrawi, 524
F.3d 907, 916-17 (8th Cir. 2008). Evidence and supporting documents must
provide a basis for the amount of damages sought by plaintiffs and awarded by the
Court. Stephenson, 524 F.3d at 917.
Here, plaintiffs request judgment against defendant ILMO in the amount of
$15,686.43 in delinquent fringe benefit contributions, interest, and liquidated
damages. They have submitted the affidavit of their accountant and controller, Juli
Laramie, who attests that for the week ending June 13, 2015, through April 30,
2016, ILMO owed $13,374.47 in unpaid fringe benefit contributions, $125.24 in
interest, and $2,096.72 in liquidated damages. Attached to Laramie’s affidavit is
the Collective Bargaining Agreement and related Addendum showing ILMO’s
obligations, as well as a spreadsheet setting out the amounts owed and the
formulae and rates by which the liquidated damages and interest were calculated.
Plaintiffs have adequately proven the amount owed by ILMO in delinquent fringe
benefit contributions, interest, and liquidated damages, and I will grant judgment
The plaintiff Union also seeks judgment against defendants ILMO and
Rogers in the amount of $41,418.12 in principal and interest on two promissory
notes on which they defaulted. With respect to the first note, Laramie attests in her
affidavit that the Union disbursed $39,080 of an $80,000 loan to defendants, of
which defendants repaid $16,200; leaving a balance of $22,880 owed on the note.
With respect to the second note, Laramie attests that the Union disbursed $17,160
of an $18,000 loan to defendants, of which defendants have repaid nothing. For
the two promissory notes, therefore, defendants owe a total principal balance of
$40,040. Laramie also attests that interest on this outstanding balance – computed
through June 30, 2016 – totals $1,378.12. To support these attestations, Laramie
attaches the notes showing defendants’ obligations, as well as a spreadsheet
demonstrating the amounts owed and the formula and rate by which the interest
was calculated. The Union has adequately proven the amount owed by ILMO and
Rogers in principal and interest on the two promissory notes on which they
defaulted, and I will grant judgment thereon.
Finally, plaintiffs seek judgment against defendants ILMO and Rogers in the
amount of $1,084.40 in attorneys’ fees and costs. Plaintiffs have submitted the
affidavit of attorney Greg A. Campbell, who attests to the applicable billing rates,
the details of the work performed, and the time expended, resulting in legal fees
totaling $482. Campbell also attests to the details of the costs plaintiffs seek to
recover in this action, totaling $602.40. Plaintiffs are entitled to attorneys’ fees
and costs against ILMO on their ERISA claim under 29 U.S.C. § 1132(g)(2). In
addition, the two promissory notes show ILMO’s and Rogers’ obligation for such
fees and costs on the Union’s breach of contract claim. Plaintiffs have adequately
proven the amount of attorneys’ fees and costs to which they are entitled by this
action, and I find the requested fees and costs to be reasonable. I will therefore
grant plaintiffs’ request for judgment thereon.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs’ Motion for Default Judgment
 is GRANTED.
A separate Judgment is entered this date.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 26th day of September, 2016.
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?