Mitchell et al v. Suntrust Asset Funding, LLC et al
ORDER denying 40 Motion for Entry of Default. Signed by Judge Dana L. Christensen on 10/23/2012. (dle)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA
G. DANIEL MITCHELL and JOYCE
SUNTRUST ASSET FUNDING, LLC;
SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.;
BANC OF AMERICA FUNDING
CORP.; WELLS FARGO BANK,
N.A.; SUNTRUST ALTERNATIVE
LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2005-1F;
SUNTRUST BANK; MORTGAGE
SYSTEM; WACHOVIA BANK, N.A.;
DOES 1-20 INCLUSIVE, Jointly
Plaintiffs seek entry of default against Banc of America Funding Corp.,
despite the fact that Bank of America, N.A. entered its appearance over a month
ago and informed the Court and parties that it was erroneously sued as Banc of
America Funding Corp. Bank of America, N.A. opposes the motion.
Where a motion for default is contested before default is entered by the
Clerk, a court may consider the same criteria that guide a motion to set aside a
default: “whether the defendant’s culpable conduct led to the default; whether the
defendant has a meritorious defense; and whether reopening the default judgment
would prejudice the plaintiff.” TCI Group Life Ins. Plan v. Knoebber, 244 F.3d
691, 696 (9th Cir. 2001).
The factors do not support the entry of default in this case. Plaintiffs’ own
Return of Service indicates that Bank of America is authorized to accept service
for Banc of America Funding Corp. and that it did in fact accept service at the
Bank of America Tower in New York, New York, on August 15, 2012. Bank of
America, N.A. then filed a motion to dismiss on September 7, 2012. Plaintiffs
were granted an extension of time in which to answer; the deadline for a response
was October 19. Instead, Plaintiffs filed a motion for entry of default against Banc
of America Funding Corp., insisting that Bank of America, N.A. is “an officious
Bank of America, N.A. has diligently appeared in this action and defended
itself, regardless of whether it is properly named “Bank of America, N.A.” or
“Banc of America Funding Corp,” and its counsel has also now officially entered
her appearance on behalf of “Banc of America Funding Corp.” (doc. 41) lest there
be any confusion. Furthermore, its motion to dismiss indicates that it has several
potentially meritorious defenses, and Plaintiffs will not be prejudiced if no default
is entered because the litigation is in its earliest stages.
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Entry of Default (doc. 40)
against Defendant Banc of America Funding Corp is DENIED. To the extent that
Plaintiffs’ “Notice” (doc. 42) is intended to be a motion, it is also DENIED.
Dated this 23rd day of October 2012.
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