The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER WITHDRAWING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (Docket No. 17)
ORDER RESETTING HEARING ON PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT TO MAY 23, 2012
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT LEAVE TO FILE A MOTION TO SET ASIDE THE CLERK'S ENTRY OF DEFAULT AGAINST DEFENDANT
On September 2, 2011, Plaintiffs DISH Network L.L.C., EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. and NagraStar LLC (collectively "Plaintiffs") filed a complaint against Defendant Elaine Sanchez ("Defendant"). (Doc. 1.) No response to the complaint was filed, and Defendant's default was entered by the Clerk of the Court on December 29, 2011. (Doc. 12.)
On February 8, 2012, Plaintiffs filed a motion for default judgment against Defendant and set the motion to be heard on March 19, 2012, before Chief District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. (Doc. 14.) Plaintiffs' motion and notice of motion were served on Defendant at 1824 E. Gerald Avenue, Dinuba, California, 93618.
On February 9, 2012, the Court reset the motion to be heard before Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on April 4, 2012. (Doc. 15.) No opposition to the motion was filed. On March 27, 2012, the Court issued Findings and Recommendations that Plaintiffs' motion be granted, and the Court vacated the April 4, 2012, hearing.
On April 4, 2012, Defendant filed objections to the March 27, 2012, Findings and Recommendations. (Doc. 18.)
Pursuant to the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, any opposition to a civil motion "shall be in writing and shall be filed and served not less than fourteen (14) days preceding the noticed (or continued) hearing date . . . No party will be entitled to be heard in opposition to a motion at oral arguments if opposition to the motion has not been timely filed by that party." Local Rule ("L.R.") 230(c). *fn1
Here, although Defendant was served with Plaintiffs' motion for default judgment ( see Doc. 14-7), she did not file any opposition to the motion. However, because Defendant has now made an appearance in the action and has indicated her desire to defend the suit, the interests of justice require that the March 27, 2012, Findings and Recommendations be withdrawn and Defendant be permitted additional time to file a motion to set aside the Clerk's entry of default or otherwise oppose the amount or nature of the damages sought by Plaintiffs in the motion for default judgment.
The Court therefore construes Defendant's objections to the March 27, 2012, Findings and Recommendations as a request for leave to file a motion to set aside the entry of default against her and defend the suit on the merits. To seek the ability to present a defense to the merits of Plaintiffs' lawsuit, on or before April 20, 2012 , Defendant must file with the Court a document entitled "Motion to Set Aside the Clerk's Entry of Default." *fn2 In this motion, Defendant should set out an explanation as to all three of the following factors:
1. Why Defendant failed to file with the Court a written response to Plaintiffs' complaint and why Defendant failed to file any written opposition to Plaintiffs' motion for default judgment;
2. Why Defendant feels she is not responsible for the actions
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