OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING-IN-PART AND DENYING-IN-PART PLAINTIFFS' RENEWED MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT (Dkt. 15)
MARK A. GOLDSMITH, District Judge.
Plaintiffs Stacey Aleboua and Amber Brown bring this action on behalf of themselves, and on behalf of a putative collective class, against Defendants United Wellness Community, LLC, Ikechukwu Odum, Sr., Ikechukwu Odum, Jr., Nneka Odum, Naly Odum, and Micholdings, Inc. Plaintiffs allege that Defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201,
Thomas Bourque entered an appearance on behalf of all of the Defendants except United Wellness Community, LLC, and he filed an Answer to the Complaint on those Defendants' behalf. Defendant United Wellness Community, LLC has neither filed an appearance nor a response to the Complaint.
Plaintiffs sought and obtained an entry of default against United Wellness Community, LLC from the Clerk of the Court (Dkts. 12, 13). Plaintiffs now request the Court enter a default judgment against this Defendant, on behalf of themselves and the putative collective class. Plaintiffs also ask the Court to defer entering a specific monetary amount for the judgment until further discovery can be accomplished (Dkt. 15). The Court held a hearing on Plaintiffs' renewed motion for default judgment on November 12, 2014.
Based on the representations made at the hearing, as well as the Court's independent review of the record, the Court grants Plaintiffs' motion, in part. The Court enters a default judgment against United Wellness Community, LLC, and in favor of Plaintiffs Aleobua and Brown, individually. However, the Court declines to enter a default judgment against United Wellness Community, LLC on behalf of the putative collective-class members at this time. As Judge Ludington explained in
At this time, it is unclear whether a collective class will exist throughout this case, and, if so, who is a member of that class. When Plaintiffs filed their renewed motion for default judgment, they had not yet requested the Court to even conditionally certify a collective class, and thus there was no class on whose behalf the Court could enter a default judgment. Furthermore, the parties do not yet know whether any individual will choose to opt in to the class, thereby becoming a party to the litigation.
The Court also grants Plaintiffs' request to defer determining the specific monetary amount of the default judgment until appropriate discovery may be completed.
Accordingly, the Court grants, in part, and denies, in part, Plaintiff's renewed motion for default judgment (Dkt. 15).