BMO Harris Bank N.A. v. Boston Trucking, LLC et al
ORDER granting 12 Motion for Default Judgment. Signed by US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 12/11/2017. (Stouch, L.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
BMO HARRIS BANK NA,
BOSTON TRUCKING, LLC and
This matter is before the Court on plaintiffs motion for entry of default judgment against
defendants, Nekita Boston and Boston Trucking, LLC, under Rule 55(b) of the Federal Rules of
Plaintiff brought this action on May 26, 2017, alleging that defendant breached two
separate loan and security agreements with plaintiff by failing to repay the loans as scheduled.
Defendants, who were served on June 2, 2017, failed to answer or otherwise plead in response to
plaintiffs complaint. On September 1, 2017, the Clerk of Court entered default against
defendants on the Court's docket. Plaintiff subsequently filed this Motion for Default Judgment.
Default judgment should be avoided when possible. Colleton Preparatory Acad., Inc. v.
Hoover Univ., Inc., 616 F.3d 413, 417 (4th Cir. 2010). But when a party is unresponsive, as it is
here, default is appropriate. See Park Corp. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 812 F.2d 894, 896 (4th Cir.
1987). Upon default, the facts alleged by the plaintiff in his complaint are deemed admitted. See
Ryan v. Homecomings Fin. Network, 253 F.3d 778, 780 (4th Cir. 2001). The next task for the
Court is to determine damages. Id. at 780-81. If damages can be ascertained from documentary
evidence or detailed affidavits, then an evidentiary hearing can be dispensed with. See Monge v.
Portofino Ristorante, 751 F. Supp. 789, 795 (D. Md. 2010) (collecting cases). Because the two
agreements between the parties here explicitly account for the remedies in the event of a breach,
damages can be established based on the affidavits plaintiff has put forward and no hearing is
Accordingly, relief is granted to plaintiff as follows:
1. Plaintiffs motion for default judgment [DE 12] is granted and default judgment is
entered against the defendants;
2. Plaintiff is awarded damages against defendants, jointly and severally, in the amount of
$118,837.06 in compensatory damages, plus accruing interest a $48.45 per diem starting
on September 7, 2017;
3. Plaintiff is awarded reasonable attorneys' fees and costs;,
4. The Court grants plaintiffs request to stay the 14-day filing period for moving to request
attorneys' fees as normally required by Rule 54(d)(2) until plaintiff is able to repossess its
5. Plaintiff is awarded possession of the property, the 2100 INTERNATIONALPROSTAR
122" BBC CONV CAB TRACTOR 6X4, s/n # 3HSCTAPR5BN196632.
a. Plaintiff is entitled to immediate possession.
b. Defendants are enjoined from taking further action regarding the property, apart
from returning it to the plaintiff.
c. If defendant fails to return the property to plaintiff, plaintiff may then move for
the Court to direct the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of North
Carolina to seize the property and return it to plaintiff. Any motion or application)
making such a request must be accompanied by a sworn affidavit by plaintiff and
a completed Form USM-285. The costs of such a seizure by the Marshal shall be
borne by plaintiff, but plaintiff may then add those costs to those already due
under this judgment.
Finding default judgment warranted under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(b),
Plaintiffs Motion [DE 12] is GRANTED, and the Clerk of Court is hereby ORDERED to enter a
Judgment of Default against Defendants Boston Trucking, LLC and Nekita Boston.
SO ORDERED, this
jf_ day of December, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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