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United States of America v. Jyvonna I. Williams

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


May 2, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JYVONNA I. WILLIAMS DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Norman A. Mordue, United States District Judge:

MEMORANDUM-DECISION AND ORDER

Plaintiff, the United States of America, brings this action to recover monies owed by defendant on a student loan. On March 2, 2012, plaintiff obtained a Clerk's Entry of Default (Dkt. No. 5). Plaintiff now moves (Dkt. No. 6) for default judgment in the sum of $9,224.14 plus 8.25% interest from the date of default, July 18, 2001, to January 2, 2008, the date of the Certificate of Indebtedness, in the amount of $2,505.76, for a total of $11,729.90. Plaintiff also seeks $55, the cost of service of process.

Plaintiff has not, however, established its entitlement to attorney's fees. Plaintiff does not attach a copy of the contract which allegedly provides for attorney's fees. Nor can the Court determine whether there is statutory authority for an an attorney's fee award. Moreover, plaintiff has not submitted an affidavit by counsel detailing the hours spent by each attorney on this case, the hourly rate of that attorney, or evidence of the market rate. Plaintiff may also submit any case-specific evidence it may want the Court to consider. See McDaniel v. County of Schenectady, 595 F.3d 411, 420 (2d Cir. 2010). On this record, the Court cannot evaluate whether, on what terms, and in what amount defendant may be obligated to pay attorney's fees. In a recent similar case, the Court advised plaintiff's counsel of the requirements for a proper attorney's fee application.*fn1 Despite such notice, counsel has not attempted to supplement the motion herein with a proper attorney's fee application. Attorney's fees are denied.

The complaint, Certificate of Indebtedness (incorporated by reference into the complaint), and counsel's Affidavit in Support of Default Judgment establish the amount due, defendant's nonpayment, and the process server's fee of $55. Plaintiff also submits a supplemental affirmation in support of its assertion that defendant is not in the United States military. Plaintiff has demonstrated its entitlement to recover a total of $11,784.90, plus interest at 8.25% from January 3, 2008 until the date of judgment.

It is therefore

ORDERED that the motion (Dkt. No. 6) for default judgment is granted; and it is further ORDERED that default judgment is granted in the amount of $11,784.90, plus interest at 8.25% from January 3, 2008 until the date of judgment. IT IS SO ORDERED.


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