UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
September 16, 2010
RUTHLEONA CLEMENT, PLAINTIFF,
UNITED HOMES, LLC, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Roanne L. Mann United States Magistrate Judge
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
ROANNE L. MANN, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Currently pending before this Court, on a referral from the Honorable Roslynn R. Mauskopf, is a motion for default judgment filed by pro se plaintiff Ruthleona Clement ("plaintiff"). Whatever the legal sufficiency of plaintiff's service of process on the defendants who have not yet appeared in this action, the Court has questions as to whether each of the defaulting defendants received actual notice of the pendency of this action. Among other things, the undersigned magistrate judge is aware, through a series of similar actions pending in this district, that a number of the defendants in question have retained counsel and are vigorously defending against similar claims brought by other plaintiffs. Under these circumstances, it is doubtful that these defendants would knowingly default in this case.
For that reason, and given the procedural posture and early stage of the case, as well as the judiciary's preference for resolution of cases on their merits, the Court concludes, in the interest of justice, that the defaulting defendants should be given a further opportunity to respond to the Complaint in this case. They shall therefore have until October 8, 2010, to enter their appearances and file responses to the Complaint.
In addition, in the hopes of facilitating the orderly presentation of the issues in this case, the Court provides pro se plaintiff Clement with the names of and contact information for the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the aforementioned similar actions:
South Brooklyn Legal Services 105 Court Street - 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201
S Jennifer Light, Esq.
S Meghan Faux, Esq.
Fax: 718-875-8546 Email: email@example.com
S Rachel Geballe, Esq.
Fax: 718-875-8546 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
S Sara Manaugh, Esq. email: email@example.com
Jean Constantine-Davis, Esq.
AARP Foundation Litigation 601 E Street N.W. Washington, DC 20049 202-434-2058 Fax: 202-434-6464 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clerk is directed to docket this Order into the Electronic Case Filing ("ECF") system and to transmit copies thereof (along with copies of the Complaint) to the defaulting defendants through the following individuals and addresses:
United Homes, LLC, United Property Group, LLC Yaron Hershco and Galit Network, LLC c/o Richard Naidich, Esq, Naidich Wurman Birnbaum & Maday LLP 80 Cuttermill Road, Suite 410 Great Neck, NY 11021
United Homes, LLC and United Property c/o Peter S. Thomas, Esq. Peter S. Thomas, PC 108-18 Queens Blvd., 6th Fl. Forest Hills, NY 11375 Yaron Hershco c/o Peter S. Gordon, Esq. Gordon & Gordon, PC 108-18 Queens Blvd., 6th Fl. Forest Hills, NY 11375 First United Mortgage Bank Corp. 9 Laurel Drive Great Neck, NY 11021 Attn: David Homayoon [via Federal Express]
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