United States District Court, D. Hawaii
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION TO GRANT PLAINTIFFS'
MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT AGAINST DEFENDANT ONO
CONSTRUCTION, LLC 
Richard L. Puglisi United States Magistrate Judge
the Court is Plaintiffs' Motion for Default Judgment
Against Defendant Ono Construction, LLC, filed on January 23,
2019 (“Motion”). ECF No. 11. Defendant was served
with a copy of the Motion, but did not file an opposition or
otherwise respond to the Motion. See ECF No. 11-10.
The Court found the Motion suitable for disposition without a
hearing pursuant to Rule 7.2(d) of the Local Rules of
Practice of the United States District Court for the District
of Hawaii. ECF No.
After careful consideration of the Motion, the declarations,
exhibits, and the record established in this action, the
Court FINDS AND RECOMMENDS that the Motion be GRANTED.
filed their Complaint against Defendant on November 20, 2018.
ECF No. 1, Compl. The Complaint alleges that Defendant
entered into a collective bargaining agreement agreeing to
contribute and pay to Plaintiffs certain amounts for employee
benefits for work performed by Defendant's covered
employees. Id. ¶¶ 8-22. Contributions were
to be paid on or before due dates specified in the collective
bargaining agreement. Id. ¶ 11. Plaintiffs
claim that Defendant failed to make required contributions.
Id. ¶ 14. Plaintiffs claim they are entitled to
unpaid contributions, liquidated damages, interest, and
attorneys' fees and costs. Id. ¶¶
17-22. The Clerk entered default against Defendant pursuant
to Rule 55(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on
January 7, 2019. ECF No. 9. The present Motion followed.
judgment may be entered for the plaintiff if the defendant
has defaulted by failing to appear and the plaintiff's
claim is for a “sum certain or for a sum which can by
computation be made certain[.]” Fed.R.Civ.P. 55(b)(1),
(2). The granting or denial of a motion for default judgment
is within the discretion of the court. Haw.
Carpenters' Trust Funds v. Stone, 794 F.2d 508,
511-12 (9th Cir. 1986). Entry of default does not entitle the
non-defaulting party to a default judgment as a matter of
right. Valley Oak Credit Union v. Villegas, 132 B.R.
742, 746 (9th Cir. 1991). Default judgments are ordinarily
disfavored, and cases should be decided on their merits if
reasonably possible. Eitel v. McCool, 782 F.2d 1470,
1472 (9th Cir. 1986). The court should consider the following
factors in deciding whether to grant a motion for default
(1) the possibility of prejudice to the plaintiff;
(2) the merits of plaintiff's substantive claim;
(3) the sufficiency of the complaint;
(4) the sum of money at stake in the action;
(5) the possibility of a dispute concerning material facts;
(6) whether the default was due to excusable neglect; and
(7) the strong policy underlying the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure favoring decisions on the merits.
Eitel, 782 F.2d at 1471-72.
default “the factual allegations of the complaint,
except those relating to the amount of damages, will be taken
as true.” TeleVideo Sys., Inc. v. Heidenthal,
826 F.2d 915, 917-18 (9th Cir. 1987) (quoting Geddes v.
United Fin. Group, 559 F.2d 557, 560 (9th Cir. 1977)).
The allegations in the complaint regarding liability are
deemed true, but the plaintiff must establish the relief to
which she is entitled. Fair Hous. of Marin v.
Combs, 285 F.3d 899, 906 (9th Cir. 2002). Also,
“necessary facts not contained in the pleadings, and
claims which are legally insufficient, are not established by
default.” Cripps v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am.,
980 F.2d 1261, 1267 (9th Cir. 1992) (citing Danning v.
Lavine, 572 F.2d 1386, 1388 (9th Cir. 1978)).