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Curtis v. Vaughn

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


February 26, 2010

ROCKY CURTIS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
VAUGHN, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR ENTRY OF DEFAULT

(Doc. 42.)

ORDER FOR CLERK TO ENTER DEFAULT AGAINST DEFENDANT ERNEST VAUGHN

Rocky Curtis ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action now proceeds with the Complaint filed on January 13, 2006, on Plaintiff's Eighth Amendment claims against defendant Ernest Vaughn*fn1 ("Defendant").*fn2 The parties to this action have consented to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate Judge, and this action was assigned to the undersigned for all further proceedings, including trial and entry of judgment. (Docs. 21, 39, 40.)

On December 29, 2009, Plaintiff filed a request for entry of default against Defendant Ernest Vaughn. (Doc. 42.)

I. REQUEST FOR ENTRY OF DEFAULT

Plaintiff requests entry of default against Defendant Ernest Vaughn based on the court's record showing that Defendant has not filed a timely response to the Complaint. Plaintiff refers to the court's record which shows that Defendant signed a Waiver of Service, giving Defendant sixty days from July 7, 2009 in which to file an answer or motion under Rule 12 in response to Plaintiff's Complaint. (Doc. 38.)

Entry of default is appropriate as to any party against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought that has failed to plead or otherwise defend as provided by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and where that fact is made to appear by affidavit or otherwise. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a). Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides, "[A] defendant must serve an answer within 20 days after being served with the summons and complaint; or if it has timely waived service under Rule 4(d), within 60 days after the request for a waiver was sent." Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(1)(A). Under Rule 4(d), a defendant may waive service of a summons by signing and returning a waiver of service. Fed R. Civ. P. 4(d).

In this action, the United States Marshal sent a Waiver of Service form on behalf of Plaintiff to Defendant on July 7, 2009. (See Doc. 38.) Defendant signed the form on July 10, 2009, and returned the form to the Marshal. Id. The Marshal received the completed form on July 13, 2009 and filed it at the court on July 23, 2009. Id. Based on this evidence, the court finds that Defendant Ernest Vaughn timely waived service under Rule 4(d), causing his response to the Complaint to be due on September 8, 2009. Defendant Ernest Vaughn has not filed an answer to the Complaint or a motion, as required by Rule 12.*fn3 Therefore, Plaintiff is entitled to entry of default against Defendant Ernest Vaughn.

Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's request for entry of default against Defendant Ernest Vaughn is GRANTED; and

2. The Clerk is directed to enter default against Defendant Ernest Vaughn.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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