CDK GLOBAL, LLC v. MIDWEST TRUCK SALES, INC.
ORDER denying 6 Motion for Default Judgment WITHOUT PREJUDICE; that, by February 20, 2017, Plaintiff shall provide (1) evidence of valid service on Defendant, or (2) a letter brief of no more than four single-spaced pages explaining why service on Defendant's attorney is valid. Signed by Judge Madeline C. Arleo on 1/27/2017. (ld, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
CDK GLOBAL, LLC, as successor-in-interest
to ADP DEALER SERVICES, INC.,
Civil Action No. 16-2575
MIDWEST TRUCK SALES, INC., d/b/a
CARS 4 LESS,
ARLEO, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
This matter comes before the Court by way of Plaintiff CDK Global, LLC’s (“CDK”)
Motion for Default Judgment against Defendant Midwest Truck Sales, Inc. (“Midwest”) pursuant
to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(b)(2), Dkt. No. 6;
and it appearing that the Court must find that CDK properly served process on Midwest
before it can enter default judgment, Teamsters Pension Fund of Phil. & Vicinity v. Am. Helper,
Inc., No. 11-624, 2011 WL 4729023, at *2 (D.N.J. Oct. 5, 2011) (citing Gold Kist, Inc. v.
Laurinburg Oil Co., Inc., 756 F.2d 14, 19 (3d Cir. 1985));
and it appearing that service on Midwest, a corporation, is governed by Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(h)
and N.J. Ct. R. 4:4-4(a)(6);
and it appearing that CDK asserts that Midwest was properly served because CDK served
Midwest’s attorney in Kansas, see Dkt. No. 6-1, Pl.’s Br. at 4; Dkt. No. 4, Executed Summons;
and it appearing that CDK does not explain whether he meets any of the categories of
people authorized to accept service of process on behalf of Midwest under the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure or New Jersey Court Rules 1;
IT IS, on this 27th day of January, 2017,
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment is DENIED WITHOUT
PREJUDICE; and it is further
ORDERED that, by February 20, 2017, Plaintiff shall provide (1) evidence of valid
service on Defendant, or (2) a letter brief of no more than four single-spaced pages explaining why
service on Defendant’s attorney is valid.
/s Madeline Cox Arleo___________
MADELINE COX ARLEO
United States District Judge
For example, CDK does not assert that the attorney is a corporate officer or director, or an agent
authorized to receive service of process. See Local 617, Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters, Chauffeurs,
Warehousemen & Helpers of Am. v. Hudson Bergen Trucking Co., 182 N.J. Super. 16, 18, 440
A.2d 18, 19 (App. Div. 1981) (service invalid where plaintiff served corporation’s attorney in his
out-of-state office because plaintiff did not prove “attorney was specially vested with authority to
receive service of process”) (internal citation omitted). Nor is there any circumstantial evidence
that the attorney could accept service or that Midwest ever received the summons and complaint.
See Nyholm v. Pryce, 259 F.R.D. 101, 105 (D.N.J. 2009). The Court cannot grant a default
judgment until CDK clarifies this issue.
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