United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania
J. FREDERICK MOTZ, District Judge.
Defendant, Thera Freeman, has filed a motion to set aside entry of default. The motion will be denied.
In deciding whether to set aside a default, a court is to consider (1) whether setting aside the default would prejudice the plaintiff, (2) whether the defendant has a meritorious defense; and (3) whether the default was the result of defendant's culpable conduct. United States v. $55, 518.05 in U.S. Currency, 728 F.2d 192, 195 (3d Cir. 1984). Here, assuming that the plaintiff would not be prejudiced by setting aside the default, it is clear that the default was the result of defendant's culpable conduct and that she has not prevented a meritorious defense. As to the "culpable conduct" issue, defense counsel was in contact with plaintiffs counsel before the default was entered, and defendant simply paid no attention to the case. As to the "meritorious defense" issue, the fact is that whether or not David Freeman committed any fraud as to defendant, defendant nevertheless is liable to plaintiff for the goods purchased by Priority Computer Systems, d/b/a Erie Computer, of which defendant was the sole proprietor.
A separate order effecting the ruling made in this memorandum is being entered herewith.
For the reasons stated in the accompanying memorandum, it is, this 4th day of September 2014.
ORDERED that the motion to set aside entry of default filed by defendant ...