UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
September 19, 2012
EASTERN SAVINGS BANK, FSB, PLAINTIFF,
WINSTON PRICE A/K/A WINSTON S. PRICE, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Spatt, District Judge.
On September 20, 2011, the Court entered a default against the defendant Winston Price a/k/a Winston S. Price and referred the matter to United States Magistrate Judge William D. Wall for a recommendation as to damages, including reasonable attorney's fees and costs. Subsequently, issues arose with respect to whether the defendant had received proper service and notice of the plaintiff's motion for a default judgment.
As a result, on August 9, 2012, Judge Wall issued a Report and Recommendation ("the Report"), recommending that the Court: (1) vacate the temporary grant of the entry of default against the pro se defendant; (2) that the motion for default be denied in its entirety without prejudice to renew; and (3) the plaintiff be permitted to re-serve the pro se defendant and re-file the motion, and that the pro se defendant be given an opportunity to respond to the motion for default. Despite the fact that the Court had not yet adopted the Report, on September 5, 2012, the plaintiff renewed its motion for a default judgment. To date, there have been no objections filed to the Report.
In reviewing a report and recommendation, a court "may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). "To accept the report and recommendation of a magistrate, to which no timely objection has been made, a district court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record." Wilds v. United Parcel Serv., 262 F. Supp. 2d 163, 169 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (citing Nelson v. Smith, 618 F. Supp. 1186, 1189 (S.D.N.Y. 1985)). The Court has reviewed Judge Wall's Report and finds it be persuasive and without any legal or factual errors. There being no objection to Judge Wall's Report, it is hereby
ORDERED, that Judge Wall's Report and Recommendation is adopted in its entirety. The Court hereby: (1) vacates the temporary grant of the entry of default against the pro se defendant; and
(2) denies the motion for default in its entirety without prejudice to renew. Because the plaintiff has already re-filed the motion for a default judgment, the Court hereby grants the pro se defendant thirty days from the date of this order to respond to the motion for default, and it is further
ORDERED, that the plaintiff is directed to serve a copy of this order on the pro se defendant by personal service and to file a proof of service with the court.
ARTHUR D. SPATT United States District Judge
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