Finkel v. Red Hook Sign and Electric Corp.
ORDER ADOPTING 19 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS. Plaintiff's motion for default judgment is granted. The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment and close this case. So Ordered by Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on 8/14/2013. (c/m to dft at addresses listed in DE 20; fwd'd for jgm) (Lee, Tiffeny)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
DR. GERALD FINKEL, as Chairman of the
Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry,
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
12-CV-4577 (CBA) (SMG)
RED HOOK SIGN AND ELECTRIC CORP.,
d/b/a RED HOOK SIGN AND ELECTRIC,
AMON, Chief United States District Judge.
Dr. Gerald Finkel, Chairman of the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry
("Plaintiff'), brings this action in his capacity as administrator and fiduciary of various employee
benefit plans for electrical industry workers pursuant to Section 301 of the Labor Management
Relations Act ("LMRA"), 29 U.S.C. § 185, and various sections of the Employee Retirement
Income Security Act of 1974, as amended ("ERISA"), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. Plaintiff alleges
that Red Hook Sign & Electric Corp. ("Defendant") failed to make required contributions to
various employee funds as required under collective bargaining agreements between Local
Union No. 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO (the "Union") and
the Electrical Sign Industry and between the Union and the New York Electrical Contractors
Association, agreements to which defendant is bound. Plaintiff also seeks to recover interest on
unpaid and late paid contributions, liquidated damages, and attorney's fees and costs.
The defendant failed to appear or otherwise defend this action, and upon plaintiffs
application, the Clerk of the Court entered default against defendant. (DE 6.) Plaintiff filed the
instant motion for default judgment (DE 7), which this Court referred to the Honorable Steven
M. Gold for report and recommendation. Pending before the Court is Judge Gold's Report and
Recommendation (the "R&R") issued on July 3, 2013. (DE 19.)
"A district judge may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings and
recommendations of the Magistrate Judge."
Wilson v. Dalene, 699 F. Supp. 2d 534, 540
(E.D.N.Y. 2010). Where, as here, no timely objection has been made to the R&R, the "court
need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record" to accept a magistrate
judge's Report and Recommendation. Wilds v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., 262 F. Supp. 2d 163,
169 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (internal quotation marks omitted). The Court has reviewed the record and
adopts Judge Gold's thoroughly reasoned R&R as the opinion of this Court.
The plaintiffs motion for default judgment is granted. Judgment shall enter against
defendant in the following amounts: (1) $33,193.98 for the stipulation balance, plus prejudgment
interest in the amount of $817.77 and 3% per annum on the principal amount of $33,193.98 from
December 14, 2012 to the date of judgment; (2) $7750.24 in unpaid contributions, plus 3%
interest per annum from September 26, 2012 to the date of judgment on $7360.27 of that amount
and 10% interest per annum for the same period on $389.97 of that amount; (3) $218.50 in
interest on late paid contributions; (4) $8188.84 in liquidated damages; and (5) $7137.55 in
attorney's fees and costs. The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment and close this case.
Dated: Brooklyn, N.Y.
s/Carol Bagley Amon
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Chief United States District Judge
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