IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 22, 2011
EMPLOYERS AND OPERATING ENGINEERS 520 PENSION FUND, ET AL.,, PLAINTIFFS,
AURA CONTRACTING, LLC,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge:
Now before the Court is Plaintiffs' December 1, 2010 motion for summary judgment (Doc. 10). Specifically, Plaintiffs move for judgment in their favor in the amount of $66,334.48, which consists of $60,304.07 in delinquent contributions and $6,030.41 in liquidated damages for unpaid contributions for the months of May, June, July and August of 2010. On January 4, 2011, Magistrate Judge Frazier issued an Order reserving ruling on Defendant's motion to withdraw counsel and notifying Defendant that if substitute counsel does not appear by January 26, 2011 the motion to withdraw will be granted and judgment will be entered in favor of Plaintiffs for the sum requested in the motion for summary judgment (Doc. 14). Thereafter, on February 2, 2011, Magistrate Judge Frazier granted the motion to withdraw counsel (Doc. 15). As of today's date, Defendant has neither had substitute counsel enter an appearance nor responded to the motion for summary judgment. Pursuant to Local Rule 7.1(c), the Court considers the failure to respond as an admission of the merits of the motion for summary judgment.*fn1
Accordingly, the Court GRANTS the motion. The Court finds in favor of Plaintiffs and against Defendant Aura Contracting, LLC in the amount of $66,334.48, plus attorneys' fees and court costs. Further, the Court DIRECTS the Clerk of the Court to enter judgment reflecting the same.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
David R. Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court
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