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Hawaii Carpenters Trust Funds, et al v. Commercial Finish

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII


October 31, 2011

HAWAII CARPENTERS TRUST FUNDS, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
COMMERCIAL FINISH, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Alan C. Kay Sr. United States District Judge

ORDER ADOPTING AS MODIFIED THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION TO ENTER DEFAULT JUDGMENT AND AWARD DAMAGES AGAINST DEFENDANT COMMERCIAL FINISH, INC.

On September 12, 2011, Magistrate Judge Kurren issued his Findings and Recommendation to Enter Default Judgment and Award Damages against Defendant Commercial Finish, Inc. (ECF No. 24.) No objections to the F&R have been filed by any party. The Court rejected a previous F&R to Enter Default Judgment in this case because, in part, that F&R "presuppose[d] that Plaintiffs [were] entitled to damages for unpaid contributions, even though the complaint contains no allegation that there are any delinquent contributions." (ECF No. 14 at 2.) Plaintiffs have not submitted an amended complaint alleging that there are delinquent contributions. But they have submitted a supplemental declaration from Paul Marx, the CEO of Hawaii Benefits Administrators, stating that the Plaintiff funds obtained payroll records and conducted an audit, and that the amount of contributions "now due and owing from Commercial Finish to the Trust Funds" is $1,344.67. (ECF No. 21.) The F&R contains an award for that amount. The Court finds that the Marx declaration is sufficient to repair the deficiency in the complaint and establish Plaintiffs' entitlement to a default judgment awarding damages for unpaid contributions.*fn1

Yet the Court does not adopt the instant F&R in its entirety. The F&R that the Court rejected included an award of $1,933.40 in attorneys' fees. (ECF No. 13 at 10.) In rejecting that F&R, the Court stated that "because the Court's rejection of the F&R is traceable to inadequacies in the Proposed F&R, which was prepared by Plaintiffs' counsel, no additional costs or attorneys' fees concerning the motion for entry of default judgment shall be awarded to Plaintiffs." (ECF No. 14 at 2.) The instant F&R nonetheless contains an award of $2,050.40. The Court rejects the F&R to the extent that it contains an increased award for attorneys' fees or costs.

Pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, Section 636(b)(1)(C) and Local Rule 74.2, The Court ADOPTS the "Findings and Recommendation To Enter Default Judgment And Award Damages Against Defendant Commercial Finish, Inc." that was filed on September 12, 2011, except that the award of attorneys' fees is REDUCED to $1,933.40.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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