JUDICIAL:

Amerifresh Inc., Plaintiff, v. So Ono Food Prod. LLC, et al., Defendants. Additional Party Names: Fresh Foods Hawaii Inc., Mibo Fresh Foods LLC, Paul A. Janiak, Richard C. Wheeler, Uzor U. Nwoko, No. CV-19-01331-PHX-DJH, 2019 WL 3532156 (D. Ariz. Aug. 2, 2019)
This case arises from Defendants’ failure to pay outstanding invoices totaling $23,265.00 related to a series of transactions in which Plaintiff sold and shipped perishable food to the Defendants over a two-month period. Plaintiff Amerifresh, Inc. is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Scottsdale, Arizona (“Plaintiff” or “Amerifresh”).
Plaintiff filed its original Complaint on February 26, 2019 against So Ono Food Products LLC, (“So Ono Food”); Mibo Fresh Foods LLC, (“Mibo Foods”); Fresh Foods Hawaii Inc. (“Fresh Foods”) (collectively as “Corporate Defendants”); Uzor U. Nwoko, an officer, director, shareholder, member, manager or insider of So Ono Food, Mibo Foods, and Fresh Foods (“Mr. Nwoko”); Paul A. Janiak, an officer, director, shareholder or insider of Mibo Foods (“Mr. Janiak”); and Richard C. Wheeler, an officer, director, shareholder or insider of So Ono Food (“Mr. Wheeler”) (Mr. Nwoko, Janiak, and Wheeler collectively as “Individual Defendants”).
Plaintiff asserts that Defendants violated the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930 (“PACA”), 7 U.S.C. § 499a, because Defendants did not pay for the produce delivered to them. Plaintiff seeks enforcement of the trust provisions under PACA  and alleges breach of contract against the Corporate Defendants (Doc. 1 at 4-5); unjust enrichment against all Defendants ; conversion against all Defendants; and breach of fiduciary duty against Mr. Nwoko, Janiak and Wheeler.
Despite being properly served with the Complaint, court summons, and all other related court pleadings, no Defendant has responded or otherwise appeared. Plaintiff filed an application for entry of default pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a). The Clerk entered default as to Defendants So Ono Food, Mibo Foods, Mr. Janiak, and Mr. Nwoko (“Defaulting Defendants”)1 on April 18, 2019 under Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a)(1).
Plaintiff now moves the Court to enter default judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ.
P. 55(b)(2) against the Defaulting Defendants for the following amounts: (1) the sum certain in the cumulative amount of $23,265.00 for produce sold and delivered to Defendants which was not paid for; (2) pre-judgment finance charges per a written agreement with Defendants in the amount of $2,403.18 calculated at the rate of 1.5% per month (or 18% per annum) on unpaid principal sums from the date on which each payment obligation first became due through April 25, 2019; (3) attorneys’ fees and costs totaling $11,757.50; and (4) Post-judgment interest at the rate of 18% per annum.
BRIAN J. KELLY, Debtor-Appellant, v. PETER F. HERRELL, Tr.-Appellee., No. 18-2539, 2019 WL 3526377 (7th Cir. Aug. 2, 2019)Brian Kelly appeals an order approving the sale of his bankruptcy estate’s only asset—his family farm—subject to all liens and encumbrances, including his parents’ purported ownership interests. The court-appointed trustee for Kelly’s estate had originally asked the bankruptcy court to sell the property free and clear of those interests; therefore, Kelly contends, he received inadequate notice of the possibility of the ordered result, in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. The district court rejected this challenge, and the court affirms that judgment.
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