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CASE NO. 3:18-cv-05017-BHS-DWC (W.D. Wash. Aug. 13, 2018)

CASE NO. 3:18-cv-05017-BHS-DWC


MICHAEL DENTON, Plaintiff, v. TIM THRASHER, et al., Defendants.


The District Court has referred this action, filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, to United States Magistrate Judge David W. Christel. Pending before the Court is Plaintiff Michael Denton's Motion for Default Judgment ("Motion") (Dkt. 46) and Declaration for Entry of Default ("Declaration") (Dkt. 47).

Plaintiff has also filed a Motion for Extension of Time. Dkt. 52. However, the Court will make a determination on that Motion in a separate Order or Report and Recommendation. --------

As noted in the Court's previous Report and Recommendation, "[w]hen 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). Under Local Rule 55(a), upon motion by a party supported by an affidavit, "the clerk shall enter the default of any party against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought but has failed to plead or otherwise defend."

Plaintiff argues he is entitled to default because Defendants did not reply to his Complaint within twenty days of it being served. Dkts. 46, 47. However, Defendants were served with Plaintiff's Complaint on May 21, 2018. Dkt. 22. They filed timely waivers of service on June 21, 2018, and so had until July 23, 2018 to file an Answer. Thus, when Plaintiff filed his Motion and Declaration on July 13, 2018, Defendants were not in default. Further, Defendants have now filed a timely Answer (Dkt. 49) to Plaintiff's Complaint, and so are still not in default. Therefore, the Court recommends Plaintiff's Motion (Dkt. 46) and Declaration (Dkt. 47) be denied.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b), the parties shall have fourteen (14) days from service of this Report to file written objections. See also Fed. R. Civ. P. 6. Failure to file objections will result in a waiver of those objections for purposes of de novo review by the district judge. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). Accommodating the time limit imposed by Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b), the clerk is directed to set the matter for consideration on August 11, 2017, as noted in the caption.

Dated this 13th day of August, 2018.


David W. Christel

United States Magistrate Judge