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Central Laborers' Pension, Welfare and Annuity Funds v. Mia Construction Co.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


January 19, 2011

CENTRAL LABORERS' PENSION, WELFARE AND ANNUITY FUNDS, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
MIA CONSTRUCTION CO., INC., AND ISAAC P. AUSTIN, INDIVIDUALLY, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge:

ORDER

Before the Court is Plaintiffs' Motion for Default Judgment (Doc. 8) and Plaintiffs' supplement to the motion for default judgment (Doc. 14). In examining the supplement, the Court again notes that Plaintiffs have not met the requirements of Local Rule 55.1.

Local Rule 55.1(a) requires the moving party to: (1) "give notice of the entry of default to the defaulting party by regular mail sent to the last known address of the defaulted party," and (2) "certify to the Court that notice has been sent." Further, Local Rule 55.1(b) requires that the motion seeking default judgment "shall contain a statement that a copy of the motion has been mailed to the last known address of the party from whom default judgment is sought. If the moving party knows, or reasonably should know, the identity of an attorney thought to represent the defaulted party, the motion shall also state that a copy has been mailed to that attorney."

Here, it appears to the Court that Plaintiffs' counsel followed the procedure in place before the Local Rules were amended on December 1, 2009. On careful reading of Local Rule 55.1, the Court now has a clear understanding that the rule is meant to operate in the following fashion. The rule requires that notice must be mailed (not emailed) to the last known address of the party from whom default is sought. It also requires that if the moving party knows or has reason to know the identity of an attorney thought to represent that the defaulted party the motion shall state that a copy has been mailed to that attorney. Further, the attorney for the moving party must certify, as an officer of the court, the he or she does not have knowledge that the defaulted party is represented by counsel for any matter whatsoever and there is no counsel to whom the motion can be mailed. This procedure was not followed in this case. If the Court caused confusion by not fully analyzing the rule before, it apologizes, but this clearly is the correct interpretation of the rule and the Court intends to impose this reading of the rule in this and all future orders. Accordingly, the Court hereby allows Plaintiffs leave to file a supplement to their motion to demonstrate full compliance with Local Rule 55.1.This supplement shall be filed by January 28, 2011. Failure to do sowill result in a denial of the motion.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Signed this 19th day of January, 2011.

David R. Herndon 2011.01.19 13:54:46 -06'00' Chief Judge United States District Court

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