UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 13, 2012
ELRADER BROWNING, III,
GRIMM, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR ENTRY OF DEFAULT ECF No. 17
Plaintiff Elrader Browning, III ("Plaintiff") is a prisoner in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action is proceeding against Defendant Grimm for deliberate indifference to a serious medical need in violation of the Eighth Amendment. On March 19, 2012, Plaintiff requested entry of default against Defendant Grimm. ECF No. 17. On March 21, 2012, Defendant Grimm filed an opposition. ECF No. 18. The matter is submitted pursuant to Local Rule 230(l).
"When a party against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead or otherwise defend, and that failure is shown by affidavit or otherwise, the clerk must enter the party's default." Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a).
On February 15, 2012, the waiver of service was returned executed as to Defendant Grimm. The United States Marshal, who effected service of process on behalf of Plaintiff, served the waiver on December 19, 2011, the date it was mailed. ECF No. 14. The waiver of service was returned on January 25, 2012. Sixty days from December 19, 2011 is February 17, 2012. Defendant's answer 2 was not filed until February 21, 2012. Thus, it appears that Defendant's answer may have been late.*fn1
However, no default is entered if Defendant has filed a response indicating an intent to 4 defend against the action. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a) (default against party who fails to plead or 5 otherwise defend). Defendant's answer, if late, was late by only a few days. Even if the Court had 6 entered default, the Court would find good cause to set aside default here. 7
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's request for entry of default, filed March 19, 2012, is denied. 9
IT IS SO ORDERED.