June 4, 2013
Major Drilling America, Inc., Plaintiff,
Redemption Energy, LLC, Defendant.
CHARLES S. MILLER, Jr., Magistrate Judge.
On May 16, 2013, plaintiff filed a Motion for Default Judgment and Motion for Bill of Costs (Statement of Costs and Disbursements). On May 17, 2013, defendant filed an answer to plaintiff's complaint along with a response in opposition to plaintiff's Motion for Default Judgment.
It is well established that default judgments are not favored by the law. United States v. Harre , 983 F.2d 128, 130 (8th Cir. 1993). Rather, there is a "judicial preference for adjudication on the merits." Johnson v. Dayton Elec. Mfg. Co. , 140 F.3d 781, 783 (8th Cir. 1998). Here, plaintiff has suffered no appreciable prejudice by defendant's delay in filing its answer. Plaintiff's motions (Docket Nos. 6 and 11) are therefore DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.