Boards of Trustees of the Ohio Laborers' Fringe Benefit Programs v. Specialty Contracting, Inc. et al
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: Magistrate Judge RECOMMENDS granting 24 Motion for Default Judgment. Objections to R&R due by 10/9/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson on 9/25/2018. (ew)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
BOARDS OF TRUSTEES OF OHIO
LABORERS’ FRINGE BENEFIT
Civil Action 2:18-cv-023
Judge Michael H. Watson
Magistrate Judge Jolson
INC., et al.,
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
This is an action, initiated on January 9, 2018, for unpaid fringe benefit contributions,
liquidated damages, and interest allegedly owed certain employee benefits plans pursuant to a
collective bargaining agreement. (See Doc. 1). Plaintiffs, the trustees of four trust funds, assert
claims under ERISA, 29 U.S.C. § 1132 and the LMRA, 29 U.S.C. § 185. (Id. at 1). Defendants
Jonathon Good and Specialty Contracting, Inc. were served with a summons and a copy of the
Complaint by certified mail on January 9, 2018. (Doc. 2), but have failed to plead or otherwise
defend this action. Plaintiffs applied to the Clerk for entry of default against Jonathon Good (Doc.
8), and the clerk entered default pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a) as to Defendant Jonathon Good
on March 23, 2018. (Doc. 10). Plaintiffs applied to the Clerk for entry of default against Defendant
Specialty Contracting, Inc. (Doc. 25), and the Clerk entered default pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P.
55(a) on September 24, 2018 (Doc. 26). This matter is now before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Motion
for Default Judgment (Doc. 24), seeking default judgment against Defendant Specialty
Plaintiffs have established that Defendant entered into an agreement with a local union
affiliated with the Laborers’ District Council of Ohio, AFL-CIO, by which Defendant agreed to
pay contributions to the funds, by the 15th of each month, on behalf of its employees working
within the work jurisdiction of the union. (Doc. 24-3, Ex. B). The affidavit of Plaintiffs’
Contractor Relations Manager (Doc. 24-2) establishes that Defendant owes $9,904.34 in unpaid
fringe benefit contributions for the period October 2017 through December 2017. (Doc 24-3, Ex.
C). Plaintiffs are entitled to liquidated damages, interest, and attorney fees on these unpaid
contributions. 29 U.S.C. § 1132(g)(2); Michigan Carpenters Council Health and Welfare Fund v.
C.J. Rogers, Inc., 933 F.2d 376, 388–89 (6th Cir. 1991).
Plaintiffs seek an award of attorney’s fees in the amount of $6,860.00, for 24.50 hours
billed at the rate of $280.00 per hour. (Doc. 24-1, Ex. D). Plaintiffs have provided evidentiary
support that the number of hours billed and the hourly rate charged are reasonable.
Plaintiffs are therefore entitled to judgment in the amount of $9,904.34 in unpaid fringe
benefit contributions, liquidated damages, and prejudgment interest, and an award of attorney’s
fees in the amount of $6,860.00.
Accordingly, it is RECOMMENDED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Default Judgment (Doc.
24) be GRANTED. It is further RECOMMENDED that the Clerk enter judgment against
Defendant Specialty Contracting, Inc., and that Plaintiffs Boards of Trustees of the Ohio Laborers’
Fringe Benefit Programs have and recover from Specialty Contracting Inc. the sum of Nine
Thousand Nine Hundred Four Dollars and Thirty-Four Cents ($9,904.34), including unpaid fringe
benefit contributions through December 2017, prejudgment interest, and liquidated damages, and
a reasonable attorney’s fee in the amount of Six Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty Dollars
($6,860.00), plus interest from the date of judgment at the rate of one percent (1%) per month.
Procedure on Objections
If any party objects to this Report and Recommendation, that party may, within fourteen
(14) days of the date of this Report, file and serve on all parties written objections to those specific
proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made, together with supporting
authority for the objection(s). A Judge of this Court shall make a de novo determination of those
portions of the Report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is
made. Upon proper objections, a Judge of this Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in
part, the findings or recommendations made herein, may receive further evidence or may recommit
this matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. 28 U.S.C.
The parties are specifically advised that failure to object to the Report and
Recommendation will result in a waiver of the right to have the District Judge review the Report
and Recommendation de novo, and also operates as a waiver of the right to appeal the decision of
the District Court adopting the Report and Recommendation. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140
(1985); United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947 (6th Cir. 1981).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Date: September 25, 2018
/s/ Kimberly A. Jolson
KIMBERLY A. JOLSON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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