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Lucio A. Barroga v. Board of Administration

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


July 13, 2012

LUCIO A. BARROGA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION, CAL PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PERS), DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

In an order filed July 5, 2012, the court denied plaintiff's motion for default judgment and directed the Clerk of Court to vacate the previously entered clerk's entry of default.*fn1 (Order, July 5, 2012, Dkt. No. 9.) The court took such actions on the basis of defects in plaintiff's service of the summons and complaint on defendant.*fn2

On July 12, 2012, plaintiff filed another motion for default judgment (Dkt. No. 11), which is presently before the court. The court denies plaintiff's motion for default judgment without prejudice for the following reasons.

First, plaintiff's motion for default judgment does not cure the defects in service raised by the court in its July 5, 2012 order. Plaintiff's motion restates that plaintiff served the summons and complaint on defendant on May 2, 2012, but the court already found the May 2, 2012 service defective. (See Order, July 5, 2012, at 2.) Although plaintiff appended a proof of service form to his motion for default judgment, that proof of service form only represents that plaintiff served the motion for default judgment on defendant-it says nothing about proper service of the summons and complaint. Accordingly, plaintiff's motion for default judgment is denied for lack of proper service of process.

Second, plaintiff did not obtain a clerk's entry of default before filing his motion for default judgment. As the court previously advised plaintiff in great detail, he must first obtain a clerk's entry of default prior to moving for a default judgment. (Order, July 5, 2012, at 2 & n.2.) Because no effective clerk's entry of default appears on the court's docket, plaintiff's motion for default judgment is denied.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for default judgment (Dkt. No. 11) is denied without prejudice.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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