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James A. Clay Co. v. Shafer

Court of Appeal of California, Second District, Division Two
Sep 12, 1934
140 Cal.App. 625 (Cal. Ct. App. 1934)


Docket No. 8620.

September 12, 1934.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Isaac Pacht and H. Parker Wood, Judges. Affirmed.

The facts are stated in the opinion of the court.

William G. Kenney and John E. Glover for Appellant.

Wilbert C. Hamilton for Respondent.

Plaintiff brought this action against defendant Shafer and others for money paid to them for bonds which were alleged to be false, fraudulent and worthless. No appearance being made within the statutory time after service of summons, the default of defendant Shafer was entered. Upon his motion, accompanied by proposed answer, the lower court set aside the default. Thereafter no answer was filed and at the expiration of four weeks the court ordered default of said defendant. The latter again moved to set aside the default and the motion was granted on conditions with which said defendant has not complied. From judgment entered on the second default he has appealed.

[1] Appellant's sole contention is that the second default was illegal and void, that because he had filed a proposed verified answer at the time he filed his motion to set aside the first default he was not required to file another answer, and that the court could not legally enter a second default under the circumstances. The two following cases cited by appellant do not support this contention.

In Merchants' Ad-Sign Co. v. Los Angeles Bill Posting Co., 128 Cal. 619 [ 61 P. 277], the question before the court was whether the defendants had the right to answer as a necessary consequence of the order setting aside their default and the court held that they did. In Berry v. Crowell, 55 Cal.App. 534 [ 203 P. 835], the court merely said that the clerk should not have entered a second default "in the face of a plain record showing an answer on file", but it is not intimated that the answer was not properly filed following the order setting aside the first default. As the court stated in the latter case: "It has been held so often that the matter of setting aside defaults rests within the sound discretion of a trial judge that we need not refer to the cases."

No abuse of discretion having been shown in this case, the judgment is affirmed.

Craig, Acting P.J., and Desmond, J., concurred.

Summaries of

James A. Clay Co. v. Shafer

Court of Appeal of California, Second District, Division Two
Sep 12, 1934
140 Cal.App. 625 (Cal. Ct. App. 1934)
Case details for

James A. Clay Co. v. Shafer

Case Details

Full title:JAMES A. CLAY CO. (a Corporation), Respondent, v. MILTON SHAFER, Appellant

Court:Court of Appeal of California, Second District, Division Two

Date published: Sep 12, 1934


140 Cal.App. 625 (Cal. Ct. App. 1934)
35 P.2d 572

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