IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 22, 2011
JACOBY POPE, PLAINTIFF,
R. GARCIA, ET AL., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
On September 7, 2011, an executed summons was filed on behalf of defendant Garcia. The summons indicated that no waiver of personal service had been returned by defendant Garcia and that personal service was carried out on August 31, 2011. On September 13, 2011, plaintiff filed a request for entry of default as to defendant Garcia and a judgment against him in the amount of $150,000.00. Plaintiff's request is predicated on plaintiff's contention that defendant Garcia failed to file or serve an answer or other response more than 35 days after service of the summons and complaint.
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(1)(A), a defendant, like defendant Garcia, who has not timely waived service "must serve an answer: (i) within 21 days after being served with the summons or complaint...." Defendant Garcia filed and served an answer on September 15, 2011, 15 days after the docket indicates personal service had to be effected upon him (on August 31, 2011), i.e., within the limit set forth by Rule 12(a)(1)(A)(i).
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff's request for entry of a default against defendant Garcia, filed on September 13, 2011 (docket # 21), is denied. As no entry of default has been made. There can be no judgment of default.
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