Bailey et al v. Inland Property Development et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER denying 13 Motion for Default Judgment. Signed by Judge Ted Stewart on 6/13/2011. (las)
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
JONATHAN BAILEY, an individual,
CHRISTIAN UNDERWOOD, an individual,
DERIC LORDS, an individual,
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
ORDER DENYING WITHOUT
PREJUDICE PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION
FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT
INLAND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT,
INC., a Nevada corporation, RICHARD L.
OETTING, an individual, and LEO
SORRENTINO, an individual,
Case No. 2:11-CV-189 TS
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Default Judgment against
Defendants Inland Property Development, Inc. and Richard L. Oetting. For the reasons discussed
below, the Court will deny the Motion without prejudice.
Plaintiffs filed their Complaint against Defendants on February 18, 2011. An Amended
Complaint was filed on March 23, 2011. Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint brings claims for
breach of contract, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and violations of
federal securities laws. Plaintiffs seek damages of over $900,000 from Defendants.
Defendants Inland Property Development, Inc. and Richard L. Oetting were served in this
matter, but failed to timely respond. As a result, default was entered against them on May 26,
2011. Plaintiffs have yet to serve Leo Sorrentino and seek to pursue alternative service.
Plaintiffs now seek default judgment against Defendants Inland Property Development, Inc. and
Richard L. Oetting.
Upon entry of default, the court may enter default judgment against a defendant.1 But the
court will not enter default judgment if doing so creates a risk of inconsistent judgment against
the remaining defendants. “[W]hen one of several defendants who is alleged to be jointly liable
defaults, judgment should not be entered against him until the matter has been adjudicated with
regard to all defendants, or all defendants have defaulted.”2 “[J]ust as consistent verdict
determinations are essential among joint tortfeasors, consistent damage awards on the same claim
are essential among joint and several tortfeasors.”3 As a result, the rule against imposing default
Hunt v. Inter-globe Energy, Inc., 770 F.2d 145, 147 (10th Cir. 1985) (quotations
omitted); see also Frow v. De La Vega, 82 U.S. (15 Wall.) 552 (1872).
Hunt, 770 F.2d at 148.
judgment on less than all jointly liable defendants also extends to situations “where several
defendants have closely related defenses.”4
Here, Plaintiffs’ claims against all Defendants are closely related. Indeed, the Amended
Complaint does not attempt to differentiate which claims are against which Defendant and
largely makes claims against “Defendants” as a whole. Therefore, the Court finds that default
judgment is inappropriate until the claims against all Defendants have been resolved.
It is therefore
ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Default Judgment (Docket No. 13) is DENIED
DATED June 13, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge
10A Charles Alan Wright & Arthur R. Miller, Federal Practice & Procedure § 2690 (3d
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