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Hawaii Masons' Health and Welfare Fund v. Ron's Concrete Specialists, Ltd.

United States District Court, D. Hawaii

January 13, 2016

HAWAII MASONS' HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND, by its Trustees, Herbert Inouye, Carl Ito, Vincent Nihipali, Sr., Darlean Kiyokane, Ryan Wada, John Gervacio, Peter Iriarte, Nolan Moriwaki, John Vaielua, Ricky Tamashiro; HAWAII MASONS' TRAINING FUND, by its Trustees, Bert Beaman, Carl Ito, Glen Kaneshige, Darlean Kiyokane, Francis Pascual, John Gervacio, Peter Iriarte, Nolan Moriwaki, John Vaielua, Ricky Tamashiro; HAWAII MASONS' PENSION FUND, by its Trustees, Anacleto Alcantra, Carl Ito, Rodney Kaichi, Mits Kaneshige, Donald Pang, Peter Iriarte, John Gervacio, Nolan Moriwaki, John Vaielua, Ricky Tamashiro; HAWAII MASONS' VACATION AND HOLIDAY FUND, by its Trustees, Carl Ito, Glen Kaneshige, Vincent Nihipali, Sr., Darlean Kiyokane, Ron Prescott, Peter Iriarte, John Gervacio, Nolan Moriwaki, John Vaielua, Ricky Tamashiro; HAWAII MASONS' AND PLASTERERS' ANNUITY FUND, by its Trustees, Anacleto Alcantra, Carl Ito, Rodney Kaichi, Mits Kaneshige, Donald Pang, Peter Iriarte, John Gervacio, Nolan Moriwaki, John Vaielua, Ricky Tamashiro, Plaintiffs,
v.
RON'S CONCRETE SPECIALISTS, LTD, a Hawaii corporation; JOHN MAINAAUPO, JR., individually; JOHN DOES 1-10; JANE DOES 1-10; DOE CORPORATIONS 1-10; DOE PARTNERSHIPS 1-10; DOE GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES 1-10, DOE TRUSTS 1-10, Defendants.

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION TO GRANT PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT AGAINST DEFENDANTS RON'S CONCRETE SPECIALISTS, LTD. and JON MAINAAUPO, JR.

BARRY M. KURREN, Magistrate Judge.

Before the Court is Plaintiff's TRUSTEES of the Hawaii Masons and Plasterers Trust Funds, which include the Health and Welfare Fund, Training Fund, Pension Fund, Vacation and Holiday Fund, and the Annuity Fund (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Plaintiffs") Motion for Entry of Default Judgment Against Defendants Ron's Concrete Specialists and John Mainaaupo, Jr. Plaintiffs request that default judgment be entered pursuant to Rule 55(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for delinquent contributions owed to the Trust Funds, liquidated damages, and attorneys' fees and costs.

This matter came on for hearing on December 22, 2015. Appearing on behalf of Plaintiffs Hawaii Masons and Plasterers Trust Funds was Christin D. Wehrsig. Defendants Ron's Concrete Specialists, Ltd. and John Mainaaupo, Jr. did not make an appearance or otherwise defend against Plaintiff's Motion. The Court, having taken judicial notice of Defendants' default, and after careful consideration of the Motion, declarations, exhibits, and the record herein, finds and recommends that the Motion be GRANTED. As discussed more thoroughly below, this Court recommends that judgment be in favor of Plaintiff in the amount of $126, 784.13.

BACKGROUND

On July 17, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a Complaint seeking judgment for outstanding trust fund contributions and damages against Defendants alleging that Defendant Ron's Concrete Specialists, Ltd. ("Defendant Ron's Concrete") materially breached the collective bargaining agreement and various Trust Agreements created thereunder (collectively, the "Master Agreement"). Plaintiffs claimed that Defendant Ron's Concrete failed to submit monthly contribution reports and full payments due on said reports pursuant to the terms of the Bargaining Agreement, all notwithstanding demand by Plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs allege Defendant John Mainaaupo, Jr. ("Defendant Mainaaupo") should be held liable for all judgments entered against Defendant Ron's Concrete because he was a member or officer of Defendant Ron's Concrete and the alter ego and/or mere instrumentality of Defendant Ron's Concrete. Additionally, Plaintiffs assert a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against Defendant Mainaaupo, alleging that he is a fiduciary under ERISA because he exercised authority or control respecting management or disposition of plan assets. Plaintiffs allege that Defendant Mainaaupo breached his fiduciary duties by intentionally failing to report and/or pay the required contributions. Plaintiffs ask for a monetary award against Defendants and the imposition of a constructive trust on the assets of Defendants.

The action arises under the Labor-Management Relations Act, 1947, as amended, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980. Jurisdiction is founded on questions arising thereunder and more specifically under 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 1145 and 1132(a) and (f).

On July 23, 2015, service of process of the Complaint was made on Defendant Ron's Concrete Specialists, as evidenced by the Proof of Service filed on July 31, 2015.

On July 23, 2015, service of process of the Complaint was made on Defendant Mainaaupo, Jr. through his agent Dorothy Abreu, as evidenced by the Proof of Service filed on July 31, 2015.

On August 25, 2015, Plaintiffs filed Plaintiffs' Request for Entry of Default Against Defendants Ron's Concrete Specialists, Ltd. and John Mainaaupo, Jr. On August 26, 2015, default was entered against Defendants for failure to plead or otherwise defend itself as required by law.

On October 14, 2015, Defendant Mainaaupo, Jr. accepted personal service on behalf of himself and Ron's Concrete Specialists of the Entry of Default, as evidenced by the Proof of Service filed herein on October 22, 2015.

On November 12, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a Motion for Entry of Default Judgment ("Motion") seeking an award of the sum of $126, 784.13, representing contribution amounts of $96, 606.80, liquidated damages of $26, 411.28, and attorneys' fees and costs of $3, 766.05.

Plaintiffs' Motion for Entry of Default Judgment was accompanied by the Declaration of Stacey Tomasa in support of the damages sought by Plaintiffs. The Declaration of Christin D. Wehrsig also accompanied the Motion for Entry of Default Judgment in support of attorneys' fees and costs.

The Motion was heard on December 22, 2015 with an appearance by Christin D. Wehrsig on behalf of Plaintiffs, and no ...


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