United States Of America v. Chapman
MEMORANDUM (Order to follow as separate docket entry). Signed by Honorable Matthew W. Brann on 5/9/17. (lg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
MELISSA CHAPMAN f/k/a
MELISSA D. LEE,
May 9, 2017
On On January 16, 2017, Plaintiff, the United States of America, filed
its Complaint in this action against the Defendant, Melissa Chapman
f/k/a Melissa D. Lee, ECF No. 1;
On January 23, 2017, the Defendant formally waived service of
process in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d),
ECF No. 4;
On her waiver, Ms. Chapman indicated that she was not presently
serving in the military of the United States and that she currently
resides at 16038 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA 16925. Id.;
The Defendant has failed to timely answer Plaintiff’s Complaint;
On March 28, 2017, the Clerk of Court entered Default as to the
Defendant, ECF No. 9;
On March 28, 2017, Plaintiff moved for entry of Default Judgment as
to the claims advanced in its Complaint against the Defendant, ECF
The Defendant has failed to respond to Plaintiff’s Motion for Default
Judgment within the time period set forth in the Local Rules;
The Defendant has failed to make an appearance in this action. See
Rogers v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 167 F.3d 933, 938 (5th Cir.
1999) (“Thus, like accepting formal service of process, executing a
waiver of service of process does not constitute an appearance for
purposes of Rule 55(b)(2).”);
Plaintiff’s claim is for $60,962.65 plus interest accruing upon the
unpaid balance from August 27, 2016 at the daily rate of $7.46 due
on a April 3, 1995 loan from the United States Department of
Agriculture in the principal amount of $38,890.00, ECF No. 1 at 1–2;
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s claim “is for a sum certain or a sum that can
be made certain by computation” as contemplated by Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 55(b)(1).
On April 14, 2017, this Court issued a Notice and Order to Show
Cause, ECF No. 10, directing as follows:
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Defendant, within twenty-one
(21) days of this Notice and Order to Show Cause and no later than
May 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., shall SHOW CAUSE as to why this Court
should not grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment. In the
event that the Defendant fails to show cause, the Defendant is
NOTICED that this Court will grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Default
Judgment in full and will immediately award Plaintiff the entirety of
the relief it seeks.
In that same Order, I directed the Clerk of Court to mail a copy of
the same to the Defendant at the following address of record:
Melissa D. Chapman
16038 Berwick Turnpike
Gillett, PA 16925
The Clerk mailed a copy of the Notice and Order to Show Cause as
As of today’s date, no response has been received from the
The Plaintiff, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is entitled to the entry
of default judgment, the Defendant, MELISSA CHAPMAN f/k/a MELISSA D.
LEE, having failed to show cause and having been noticed that this Court will
grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment in full and will immediately award
Plaintiff the entirety of the relief it seeks in the event of such failure. Accordingly,
Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment, ECF No. 6, is GRANTED.
An appropriate Order shall issue.
BY THE COURT:
/s Matthew W. Brann
Matthew W. Brann
United States District Judge
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