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Robert Panton v. Captain Breckon

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


April 11, 2012

ROBERT PANTON,
PLAINTIFF
v.
CAPTAIN BRECKON, RONNIE HOLT DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner

ORDER

AND NOW, this 11th day of April, 2012, upon consideration of plaintiff's motion for default judgment (Doc. 17), based on defendants' failure to timely plead or otherwise respond to plaintiff's amended complaint (Doc. 9), and it appearing that, although untimely*fn1 , defendants filed a motion to dismiss or motion for summary judgment (Doc. 18) on April 2, 2012, and it further appearing that entry of judgment by default pursuant to Rule 55(b)(2) is within the discretion of the trial court, Hritz v. Woma Corp., 732 F.2d 1178, 1180 (3d Cir.1984), and that because the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has emphasized that such "discretion is not without limits" and has repeatedly stated a preference that "cases be disposed of on the merits whenever practicable," id. at 1180-81 (citations omitted), it is hereby ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for default judgment (Doc. 17) is DENIED.

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge


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