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Ariza v. Untuckit, LLC

United States District Court, S.D. Florida

December 23, 2019

VICTOR ARIZA, Plaintiff,
v.
UNTUCKIT, LLC, a foreign limited liability company, Defendant.

          ORDER

          BETH BLOOM UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         THIS CAUSE is before the Court upon the Plaintiff's Motion for Default Final Judgment, ECF No. [12] (“Motion”). The Court has reviewed the Motion, the record in this case, and the applicable law, and is otherwise fully advised. For the reasons that follow, the Motion is granted.

         Plaintiff Victor Ariza (“Plaintiff”) filed the above-captioned action on October 17, 2019, ECF No. [1]. A summons was issued as to Defendant Untuckit, LLC (“Defendant”) on October 17, 2019. ECF No. [3]. Service of the summons and Complaint was executed on Defendant on October 21, 2019, setting a response deadline of November 12, 2019. ECF No. [5]. A Clerk's default was entered against Defendant on December 2, 2019, ECF No. [10], after Defendant failed to appear, answer, or otherwise plead to the Complaint. On December 3, 2019, the Court entered an Order on Default Judgment Procedure, indicating that Default Final Judgment would be entered against Defendant if Defendant failed to move to set aside the Clerk's Default. ECF No. [11]. To date, Defendant has not moved to set aside the Clerk's Default or filed any other paper in response to this Court's orders. Plaintiff filed the instant Motion on December 16, 2019. ECF No. [12].

         Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(a) provides: “When a party against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead or otherwise defend, and that failure is shown by affidavit or otherwise, the clerk must enter the party's default.” A district court may enter a default judgment against a properly served defendant who fails to defend or otherwise appear pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(b)(2). DirecTV, Inc. v. Griffin, 290 F.Supp.2d 1340, 1343 (M.D. Fla. 2003).

         The mere entry of a default by the Clerk does not, in itself, warrant the Court entering a default judgment. See Tyco Fire & Sec. LLC v. Alcocer, 218 Fed.Appx. 860, 863 (11th Cir. 2007) (citing Nishimatsu Constr. Co. v. Hous. Nat'l Bank, 515 F.2d 1200, 1206 (5th Cir. 1975)). Rather, a court must ensure that there is a sufficient basis in the pleadings for the judgment to be entered. Id. A default judgment has the effect of establishing as fact the plaintiff's well-pled allegations of fact and bars the defendant from contesting those facts on appeal. Id.

         Upon a review of Plaintiff's submissions, the Court finds a sufficient basis in the Complaint to enter default judgment in Plaintiff's favor. Because Defendant has not appeared, “all of the well-pled allegations in the Complaint are deemed admitted.” Ordonez v. Icon Sky Holdings LLC, No. 10-60156-CIV, 2011 WL 3843890, at *5 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 30, 2011) (citing Buchanan v. Bowman, 820 F.2d 359, 361 (11th Cir. 1987)). Having reviewed the Complaint, the Court finds Plaintiff's allegations well-pled, and sufficient to establish Defendant's liability.

         “If the admitted facts in the Complaint establish liability, then the Court must determine appropriate damages.” Ordonez, 2011 WL 3843890, at *5. “Where all the essential evidence is on record, an evidentiary hearing on damages is not required.” Id. (citing SEC v. Smyth, 420 F.3d 1225, 1232 n.13 (11th Cir. 2005)) (“Rule 55(b)(2) speaks of evidentiary hearings in a permissive tone. . . . We have held that no such hearing is required where all essential evidence is already of record.” (citations omitted)); PetMed Express, Inc. v. MedPets.com, Inc., 336 F.Supp.2d 1213, 1223 (S.D. Fla. 2004). Here, however, Plaintiff requests declaratory and injunctive relief only.

         Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Motion, ECF No. [12], is GRANTED. Judgment is entered in favor of Plaintiff against Defendant. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58, the Court will separately enter Default Final Judgment. Further, the Court orders that Defendant:

         1. No later than January 1, 2021, shall no longer deny individuals with disabilities, including the Plaintiff, the opportunity to participate and benefit from the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations provided through its website https://www.untuckit.com. The website must be accessible by individuals with disabilities who use computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

         2. No later than January 1, 2021, shall no longer provide individuals with disabilities, including the Plaintiff, an unequal opportunity to participate and benefit from the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations provided through its website https://www.untuckit.com. The website must be accessible by individuals with disabilities who use computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

         3. No later than January 1, 2021, shall adopt and implement a Web Accessibility Policy which ensures that its website conforms with the WCAG 2.0, Level AA criteria.

         4. No later than January 1, 2021, shall require any third-party vendors who participate on its website to be fully accessible to the disabled by conforming with WCAG 2.0, Level AA criteria.

         5. No later than January 1, 2021, shall make publicly available and directly link from the https://www.untuckit.com homepage, a statement of Defendant's Accessibility Policy to ensure the persons with disabilities have full and equal enjoyment of its website and shall accompany the public policy statement with an accessible means of submitting accessibility questions and problems.

         6. No later than January 1, 2021, and at least once yearly thereafter, shall provide mandatory web accessibility training to all employees who write or develop programs or code for, or who publish final content to, https://www.untuckit.com ...


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