Carr, Melinda et al v. Department of Public Instruction et al
ORDER denying plaintiffs' 11 , 12 Motions for Entry of Default as to defendant New Glarus School District. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peter A. Oppeneer on 8/9/2017. (nln),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
MELINDA J. CARR and ALISTAIR P. CARR,
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
and NEW GLARUS SCHOOL DISTRICT,
Plaintiffs Melinda J. Carr and Alistair P. Carr move for entry of default against
defendant New Glarus School District. Dkts. 11 and 12. In support of their motions, plaintiffs
argue that defendant is in default because defendant failed to serve plaintiffs with a copy of its
answer on or before July 28, 2017. Plaintiffs acknowledge that postage was added to the
envelope containing defendant’s answer on July 28, 2017. However, plaintiffs argue that
defendant did not place the envelope in the mail stream until July 29, 2017—one day past the
filing deadline—and as a result, plaintiffs did not receive a copy of defendant’s answer until
July 31, 2017.
I conclude that defendant has met its deadline by filing an answer with the court on
July 28, 2017; and that under Rule 5(b)(2)(C) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
defendant has properly and timely served plaintiffs by placing a copy of its answer addressed
to plaintiffs in the mail on July 28, 2017, as indicated in defendant’s certificate of service. See
dkt. 10. Furthermore, even if defendant’s filing was mailed to plaintiffs one day past its answer
deadline, the delay was very brief and not unduly prejudicial to plaintiffs. Therefore, plaintiffs’
motion for entry of default must be denied.
IT IS ORDERED that plaintiffs Melinda J. Carr and Alistair P. Carr’s requests for entry
of default as to defendant New Glarus School District, Dkts. 11 and 12, are DENIED.
Entered this 9th day of August, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
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