United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S AMENDED MOTION FOR
HONORABLE JAMES L. ROBART U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE.
the court is Plaintiff Northwest Administrators, Inc.'s
(“Northwest Administrators”) amended motion for
default judgment against Defendant Western Holstein Farms
(“Western Holstein”). (Am. Mot. (Dkt. # 10);
see also Praecipe (Dkt. # 12).) The court has
reviewed the motion and Northwest Administrators'
submissions in support of the motion. (See Am. Mot.;
see also Am. Reid Decl. (Dkt. # 10); Am. Schumacher
Decl. (Dkt. # 11).) For the reasons discussed below, the
court DENIES the motion without prejudice.
April 24, 2019, the court denied Northwest
Administrators' motion for default judgment. (4/24/18
Order (Dkt. # 9).) The court expressly noted that the second
page of Exhibit H to Jeremy Schumacher's declaration
(“the Interest Worksheet”), a worksheet that
purports to calculate the interest Western Holstein owes the
Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust Fund
(“the Trust”), “requires additional
explanation.” (Id. at 3; see also
Schumacher Decl. (Dkt. # 8) ¶ 20, Ex. H (“Interest
Worksheet”) at 71.) The court explained that, although Mr.
Schumacher states in his declaration that Western Holstein
failed to make any payments on its withdrawal liability after
receiving the Trust's July 20, 2018, demand letter, the
Interest Worksheet appears to suggest that Western Holstein
did in fact make several installment payments between June
10, 2018, and April 10, 2019. (4/24/18 Order at 3.)
conjunction with its amended motion for default judgment,
Northwest Administrators submits the same Interest Worksheet,
with one modification (“the Amended Interest
Worksheet”). (See Am. Schumacher Decl. ¶
20, Ex. H (“Am. Interest Worksheet”) at
Whereas the Interest Worksheet originally identified
“11 [p]ayments” (see Interest Worksheet
at 71), the Amended Interest Worksheet purports to identify
“11 unpaid installments” (see Am.
Interest Worksheet at 71). Yet, just as in the original
Interest Worksheet, the sixth column of the Amended Interest
Worksheet specifies the number of “[d]ays [l]ate”
of each installment. (Compare Interest Worksheet at
71 with Am. Interest Worksheet at 71.) Likewise, the
eighth column of both worksheets specifies the “[t]ime
[p]eriod” associated with each installment, which, at
times, appears to correlate with the number of
“[l]ate” days for that installment.
face, this information suggests that Western Holstein made
several installment payments: if a payment is a specific
number of “[d]ays [l]ate, ” and the total number
of “[d]ays [l]ate” is less than the time between
the date the installment was due and the date the motion for
default judgment was filed, then that payment was,
presumably, made. (See Am. Interest Worksheet at
71.) Mr. Schumacher fails to clarify this ambiguity. (See
generally Am. Schumacher Decl.) Moreover, Mr. Schumacher
fails to explain the relationship between the total alleged
amount of Western Holstein's liability ($116, 063.06) and
the total listed at the bottom of the Amended Interest
Worksheet ($86, 360.23). (See Id. ¶ 20; Am.
Interest Worksheet at 71; see generally Am.
Schumacher Decl.) The court cannot simply overlook these
ambiguities, and it declines to further attempt to make sense
of the Amended Interest Worksheet on its own. See Indep.
Towers of Wash. v. Washington, 350 F.3d 925, 929 (9th
Cir. 2003) (“[J]udges are not like pigs, hunting for
truffles buried in briefs.”) (quoting United States
v. Dunkel, 927 F.2d 955, 956 (7th Cir. 1991)).
foregoing reasons, the court DENIES Northwest
Administrators' amended motion for default judgment (Dkt.
# 10) without prejudice to refiling with the corrections
discussed herein. The court ORDERS Northwest Administrators
to file, within 14 days of the date of this order, a second
amended motion for default judgment that clarifies the import
of the sixth and eighth columns of the Interest Worksheet and
otherwise complies with Local Rule 55(b). See Local
Rules W.D. Wash. LCR 55(b). The court cautions Northwest
Administrators that, in the interest of conserving judicial
resources, the court will consider denying with prejudice the
second amended motion for default judgment if it is
inaccurate, insufficiently supported, or inadequately
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