UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
April 11, 2007
RAMADA WORLDWIDE INC., FORMERLY KNOWN AS RAMADA FRANCHISE SYSTEMS, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF,
PATEL & RISHI, AN ILLINOIS PARTNERSHIP AND POPATLAL "PETER" PATEL AND NATUBHAI RISHI, INDIVIDUALS, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge
This matter comes before the Court on plaintiff Ramada Worldwide Inc.'s (RWI) motion for default judgment as to defendant Natubhai Rishi (Doc. 59), and RWI, Patel & Rishi, and Popatlal "Peter" Patel's "Stipulation For Entry Of Consent Judgment And Dismissal As To Defendants Patel & Rishi And Popotlal 'Peter' Patel Only" (Doc. 71).
I. Default Judgment
Attorneys Richard Green and Kara Jones entered their respective appearances for defendant Rishi on February 21, 2006. That day, Green filed an answer on Rishi's behalf (Doc. 8). Judge Frazier granted Rishi's attorneys leave to withdraw on August 9, 2006; he also ordered Rishi to file a new entry of appearance, pro se or through new counsel, by August 30, 2006. (Doc. 31). Rishi failed to comply with Judge Frazier's order and, on November 17, 2006, this Court ordered the Clerk of Court to enter default against him. (Doc. 49). The Clerk defaulted Rishi on November 17, 2006. (Doc. 50).
In its motion for default judgment, RWI requests $208,767.30 in trebled infringement damages as a result of defendants' willful infringement of the Ramada Marks following the termination of its License Agreement with defendants, $60,000.00 in liquidated damages for premature termination of the License Agreement, plus interest in the amount of $30,309.63, and $35,323.07 in attorneys' fees, costs, and expenses. As the other defendants in this case had paid $75,000.00 to RWI at the time of its motion, RWI seeks a default judgment in the amount of $259,400.00 ($334,400.00 less $75,000.00), plus post-judgment interest. RWI has submitted affidavits in support of these requests and has provided Rishi the requisite notice under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(b)(2) (Doc. 74).
After considering the complaint, RWI's motion and its supporting affidavits, and the record in this case, the Court finds the entry of a default judgment against Rishi appropriate. Furthermore, the Court finds that RWI's affidavits support the amounts requested in its motion and that a hearing is not necessary.
II. Consent Judgment
The Court hereby approves the consent judgment. The Court's ruling here moots the remaining pending motions in this case (Docs. 56, 61, 62).
The Court GRANTS RWI's motion for default judgment (Doc. 59) and orders that judgment be entered in favor RWI and against Rishi in the amount of $259,400.00. The Court grants the parties' stipulation for entry of consent judgment (Doc.71) and orders that judgment be entered in favor of RWI and jointly and severally against defendants Patel & Rishi and Popatlal "Peter" Patel, in the amount of $334,400.00, plus post-judgment interest in the amount of 5.10%. The remaining motions in this case (Docs. 56, 61, 62) are MOOT.
The Court DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to enter judgment accordingly.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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