MetroPCS v Mynextcellular, LLC
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER - It is therefore ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion to Strike and for Entry of Default (Dkt. 35 ) is hereby DENIED. Signed by Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III on 4/4/2017. (baf, )
United States District Court
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
METROPCS, a brand of T-MOBILE USA,
Inc., a Delaware Corporation
MYNEXTCELLULAR, LLC, a Texas
Limited Liability Company; ELTON CHAU;
and ANUJ SHAH
CASE NO. 4:16-CV-283
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Strike and for Entry of Default (Dkt. #35).
Having considered the relevant pleadings, the Court finds that the motion should be denied.
On May 2, 2016, Plaintiff filed a Complaint for Damages and Injunctive Relief against
Defendants. On December 21, 2016, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Entry of Default Against Defendants
Elton Chau and Anuj Shah pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(b)(2) (Dkt. #29). On January 31, 2017,
Plaintiff filed a Motion to Strike and for Entry of Default (Dkt. #35). Plaintiff seeks to strike
Defendants’ January 24, 2017 letter (Dkt. #33), asserting that this document is not an answer. The
Court agrees that Document 33 is not an answer, and the docket reflects that this pleading was treated
as a response to the motion for default. Plaintiff again seeks entry of default against these Defendants.
Rule 55 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure sets forth certain conditions under which
default may be entered against a party, as well as the procedure to seek the entry of default judgment.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 55. The Fifth Circuit requires a three-step process for securing a default judgment.
New York Life Ins. Co. v. Brown, 84 F.3d 137, 141 (5th Cir. 1996). First, a default occurs when a
defendant has failed to plead or otherwise respond to the complaint within the time required by Rule
12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a); New York Life Ins., 84 F.3d at 141.
Next, an entry of default may be entered by the clerk when the default is established by affidavit or
otherwise. Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a); New York Life Ins., 84 F.3d at 141. Third, a plaintiff may then apply
to the clerk or the court for a default judgment after an entry of default. Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(b); New
York Life Ins., 84 F.3d at 141.
In this case, Plaintiff has not requested a Clerk’s Entry of Default. Instead, Plaintiff filed a
Motion for Entry of Default pursuant to Rule 55(b)(2) (a default judgment entered by the court) (Dkt.
#29). Plaintiff then filed a Motion to Strike and for Entry of Default (Dkt. #35). Based upon these
facts, Plaintiff is not entitled to default judgment at this time. Plaintiff must request an entry of
default from the Clerk’s Office.
It is therefore ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion to Strike and for Entry of Default (Dkt. #35)
is hereby DENIED.
SIGNED this 4th day of April, 2017.
AMOS L. MAZZANT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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