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Madsen v. Dashner

United States District Court, D. Colorado

January 30, 2014

EARL K. MADSEN, Plaintiff,
v.
BARRY DASHNER, Defendant.

RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

CRAIG B. SHAFFER, Magistrate Judge.

This civil action comes before the court on Plaintiff's "Motion for Entry of Judgment against Defendant Dashner." Pursuant to the Order Referring Case dated March 14, 2012 (Doc. # 8) and the memorandum dated September 12, 2013 (Doc. # 39), this matter was referred to the Magistrate Judge. The court has reviewed the Motion, the hearings held on August 9, 2012, August 20, 2012, September 11, 2012, November 5, 2012, May 20, 2013, and October 10, 2013 ( see Courtroom Minutes/Minute Orders (Docs. # 18, # 19, # 20, # 27, # 34, and # 41)), the entire case file, and the applicable law and is sufficiently advised in the premises.

Mr. Madsen filed this action against Mr. Dashner, alleging failure to pay sums due under two Personal Guaranties. ( See Docs. # 1, # 1-2, # 1-3). Mr. Madsen and Mr. Dashner reached and entered a Settlement Agreement on May 24, 2013. ( See Doc. # 35). Under the Settlement Agreement, the parties agreed to compromise the underlying lawsuit in the following manner:

1. Dashner shall pay to Madsen the liquidated sum of two hundred seventy thousand dollars ($270, 000.00) on or before July 8, 2013, by wire transfer from Dashner to the Madsen bank account....
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3. In the event that Dashner shall fail or refuse to so timely pay the liquidated sum as provided in Paragraph 1 above, then Dashner shall pay to Madsen the liquidated sum of three hundred twenty five thousand dollars ($325, 000.00) on or before July 23, 2013 to the Madsen account in USbank as listed in Paragraph 1 above.
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5. In the event Dashner shall fail or refuse to timeIy pay the sum of three hundred twenty five thousand dollars ($325, 000.00) as provided in Paragraph 3 above, then Dashner hereby expressly stipulates and agrees that Madsen is authorized to file a Motion for Entry of Judgment against Dashner with Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer, and Dashner further expressly stipulates and agrees that he shall not in any manner oppose said Motion by Madsen, and that Judgment in the amount of three hundred twenty five thousand dollars ($325, 000.00) for Madsen in civil action no. 12-cv-00607.

(See Doc. # 35).

Mr. Dashner does not dispute the authenticity of the Settlement Agreement and has conceded that he voluntarily signed the Settlement Agreement. He has also conceded that he did not pay Mr. Madsen by either July 8, 2013 or July 23, 2013. ( See Courtroom Minutes/Minute Order (Doc. # 41)). Mr. Dashner stated at the hearing held on October 10, 2013 that he has not paid Mr. Madsen in accordance with the Settlement Agreement because he is still waiting to receive funds. It is thus undisputed that $325, 000.00 remains outstanding on Mr. Dashner's obligation under the Settlement Agreement.

The record establishes that Mr. Dashner is not a minor, incompetent, or an officer or agent of the United States. ( See "Plaintiff's Verified Motion for Entry of Default Order" and Affidavit of Service (Doc. # 28 at 1-3, 5 of 5); Courtroom Minutes/Minute Orders (Docs. # 18, # 19, # 20, # 27, # 34, and # 41)).[1] The record establishes that Mr. Dashner is in default under the Settlement Agreement. The court concludes that Mr. Madsen is entitled to a default judgment in the amount reflected in the Settlement Agreement.

Accordingly, IT IS RECOMMENDED that:

1. Plaintiff's "Motion for Entry of Judgment against Defendant Dashner" (filed September 11, 2013, (Doc. # 38) be GRANTED.

2. Judgment be entered pursuant to the Settlement Agreement in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant in the amount of $325, 000.00 in liquidated damages. The Settlement Agreement does ...


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