Moldwood Corporation v. Stutts, No. 26546

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation410 F.2d 351
PartiesMOLDWOOD CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. A. B. STUTTS, Defendant-Appellant. The CITY NATIONAL BANK OF TUSCALOOSA, a National Banking Association, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. A. B. STUTTS, Defendant-Appellant.
Decision Date14 April 1969
Docket Number26571.,No. 26546

410 F.2d 351 (1969)

MOLDWOOD CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
A. B. STUTTS, Defendant-Appellant.

The CITY NATIONAL BANK OF TUSCALOOSA, a National Banking Association, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
A. B. STUTTS, Defendant-Appellant.

Nos. 26546, 26571.

United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.

April 14, 1969.


410 F.2d 352

W. D. Partlow, Jr., Tuscaloosa, Ala., Robert P. Upchurch, Livingston, Ala., for appellant.

Ira D. Pruitt, Pruitt & Pruitt, Livingston, Ala., H. Vann Waldrop, Hubbard & Waldrop, Tuscaloosa, Ala., for appellee.

Before THORNBERRY, GOLDBERG and DYER, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM:

In No. 26546, Moldwood Corporation, claiming a default, sued Stutts, as endorser on two promissory notes, for the remaining principal due, with interest and attorney's fees.

In No. 26571, the City National Bank of Tuscaloosa, claiming a default, sued Stutts, as endorser on two promissory notes, for the remaining principal due, with interest and attorney's fees.

Both cases were docketed for trial on April 22, 1968, in the Western Division of the District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, but were continued to April 25, 1968. Counsel for Stutts was engaged in another trial from April 25 to April 30, 1968, in the Northeastern Division of the same court. Both of Stutts' cases were called for trial on April 25, 26 and April 29, 1968, without response from Stutts' counsel. On the latter date the District Court sua sponte entered a default judgment for Moldwood and The City National Bank and submitted the question of damages in each case to a jury. Upon the jury's verdict judgment was entered in No. 26546 in favor of Moldwood and against Stutts for $27,109.02, and in No. 26571 in favor of The City National Bank of Tuscaloosa and against Stutts for $16,778.55.

On May 8, 1968, Stutts moved to set aside the judgment in each case. Both motions were denied on June 10, 1968. These appeals ensued.1

Counsel for Stutts complains that he could not be in two divisions of the same court at the same time. Obviously, no court could expect this. There is nothing in the record, however, to show that the Western Division Judge knew of this situation.

We nevertheless would be quickly persuaded to give Stutts relief if, upon his motion to set aside the judgment, he had given the District Court even a hint of a suggestion that he had a meritorious defense in either case. This he utterly failed to do.

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  • Stewart v. Lubbock County, Tex., Nos. 84-1199
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • August 5, 1985
    ...defendants now appeal. The standard for review is whether the district court abused its discretion. See, e.g., Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts, 410 F.2d 351, 352 (5th Cir.1969). The district court, in its order granting attorney's fees in the amount requested, noted that defendants had not respond......
  • Green v. Karol, No. 3--174A16
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • March 17, 1976
    ...judgment would result in an injustice and why his failure to plead should be excused. See Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts (5th Cir. 1969), 410 F.2d 351; Clark County State Bank v. Bennett, supra (setting aside default judgment). However, a default judgment is not generally favored, and any doubt o......
  • Kirtland v. Fort Morgan Authority Sewer Service, Inc.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • April 1, 1988
    ...Inc. v. Sanyo Electric, Inc., 33 B.R. 996, 1002 (N.D.Ga.), aff'd, 742 F.2d 1465 (11th Cir.1983). The case of Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts, 410 F.2d 351 (5th Cir.1969), illustrates this point of view. In Moldwood, the Court of Appeals, in reviewing the decision of the District Court for the Nort......
  • Matter of Ksenzowski, Bankruptcy No. 183-31493
    • United States
    • United States Bankruptcy Courts. Second Circuit. U.S. Bankruptcy Court — Eastern District of New York
    • November 27, 1985
    ...v. Weinzapfel, 474 F.2d 127, 132-133 (7th Cir.1973); Gomes v. Williams, 420 F.2d 1364, 1366 (10th Cir.1970); Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts, 410 F.2d 351 (5th Cir.1969); Atlantic Steamers Supply Co. v. International Maritime Supplies, 268 F.Supp. 1009, 1011 (S.D.N.Y.1967); 7 56 BR 831 Moore's Fed......
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92 cases
  • Stewart v. Lubbock County, Tex., Nos. 84-1199
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • August 5, 1985
    ...defendants now appeal. The standard for review is whether the district court abused its discretion. See, e.g., Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts, 410 F.2d 351, 352 (5th Cir.1969). The district court, in its order granting attorney's fees in the amount requested, noted that defendants had not respond......
  • Green v. Karol, No. 3--174A16
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • March 17, 1976
    ...judgment would result in an injustice and why his failure to plead should be excused. See Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts (5th Cir. 1969), 410 F.2d 351; Clark County State Bank v. Bennett, supra (setting aside default judgment). However, a default judgment is not generally favored, and any doubt o......
  • Kirtland v. Fort Morgan Authority Sewer Service, Inc.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • April 1, 1988
    ...Inc. v. Sanyo Electric, Inc., 33 B.R. 996, 1002 (N.D.Ga.), aff'd, 742 F.2d 1465 (11th Cir.1983). The case of Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts, 410 F.2d 351 (5th Cir.1969), illustrates this point of view. In Moldwood, the Court of Appeals, in reviewing the decision of the District Court for the Nort......
  • Matter of Ksenzowski, Bankruptcy No. 183-31493
    • United States
    • United States Bankruptcy Courts. Second Circuit. U.S. Bankruptcy Court — Eastern District of New York
    • November 27, 1985
    ...v. Weinzapfel, 474 F.2d 127, 132-133 (7th Cir.1973); Gomes v. Williams, 420 F.2d 1364, 1366 (10th Cir.1970); Moldwood Corp. v. Stutts, 410 F.2d 351 (5th Cir.1969); Atlantic Steamers Supply Co. v. International Maritime Supplies, 268 F.Supp. 1009, 1011 (S.D.N.Y.1967); 7 56 BR 831 Moore's Fed......
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