UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
September 23, 2011
TRUSTEES OF THE LOCAL 7 TILE INDUSTRY WELFARE FUND, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
STAR CONSTRUCTION MARBLE & GRANITE, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States District Judge.
By motion filed October 15, 2010, plaintiffs moved for default judgment against defendant alleging failure to contribute to pension funds as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 1132, 1145, and the governing Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Doc. No. 11.) By Order entered October 15, 2010, this Court referred that motion to the assigned Magistrate Judge, the Honorable Andrew L. Carter, for a Report and Recommendation.*fn1 On September 6, 2011, Judge Carter issued a Report and Recommendation (the "R&R") (Doc. No. 12) recommending that plaintiffs' motion be granted with respect to liability, and denied with respect to damages, without prejudice to renew upon further application accompanied by an affidavit explaining plaintiffs' fluctuating damage requests and other discrepancies, based on the personal knowledge of the affiant.*fn2 (R&R at 4--5, 7.) Judge Carter also recommended that plaintiffs be found to have demonstrated their entitlement to attorneys' fees, but recommended that plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees be held in abeyance until the entry of a judgment incorporating all amounts due. (R&R at 6--7.) Judge Carter reminded the parties that, pursuant to Rule 72 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, any objection to the R&R was due within 14 days of the date of entry of the R&R. No party has filed any objection.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72, the Court has reviewed the R&R for clear error and, finding none, concurs with the R&R in its entirety. See Covey v. Simonton, 481 F. Supp. 2d 224, 226 (E.D.N.Y. 2007).
Accordingly, plaintiffs' motion for default judgment is GRANTED with respect to liability only, and DENIED with respect to damages and attorneys' fees, without prejudice to renew upon a showing consistent with the R&R. Any application for damages and fees shall be filed by October 7, 2011, and shall be supported by proper documentation.
ROSLYNN R. MAUSKOPF United States District Judge