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Bridgeilne Emergency Motion

Bridgeilne Emergency Motion

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Bridgeline Emergency Motion to set aside default
Bridgeline Emergency Motion to set aside default

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO
))INGENIADOR, LLC, ))Plaintiff )) Case No. 3:11-cv-1840v. ))ALFRESCO SOFTWARE, INC.,
et al.
, ))Defendants. ))
DEFENDANT BRIDGELINE DIGITAL, INC.’S MOTION TO SET ASIDE ENTRY OFDEFAULT AND DEFAULT JUDGMENT
Ricardo Casellas (Bar No. 203114)CASELLAS, ALCOVER & BURGOS PSCSuite 1400, Popular Center Bldg.208 Ponce de Leon Ave.Hato Rey, PR 00918P.O. Box 364924San Juan, PR 00936-4924787-756-1400 (t)787-756-1401 (f)rcasellas@cabprlaw.com Of Counsel:T. Christopher DonnellyAdam B. ZieglerDONNELLY, CONROY & GELHAAR, LLPOne Beacon Street, 33
rd
FloorBoston, MA 02108617-720-2880 (t)617-720-3554 (f)tcd@dcglaw.com abz@dcglaw.com 
Pro Hac Vice Application Forthcoming
 
Case 3:11-cv-01840-GAG Document 241 Filed 05/07/12 Page 1 of 23
 
Case 3:11-cv-01840-GAG Document 241 Filed 05/07/12 Page 2 of 23
 
1
INTRODUCTION
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(c) and 60(b), defendant Bridgeline Digital, Inc.(“Bridgeline”) respectfully requests that the Court set aside the default and default judgmententered against Bridgeline in this case. See Order Granting Motion for Entry of Default (Dkt.No. 73); Default Judgment (Dkt. No. 235). Both the default and default judgment enteredagainst Bridgeline should be set aside for four reasons.First, they are void and must be set aside because Bridgeline was never served properlywith the summons and complaint, although Bridgeline did have actual knowledge of thecomplaint. See M&K Welding, Inc. v. Leasing Partners, LLC, 386 F.3d 361, 364 (1st Cir.2004); Echevarria-Gonzalez v. Gonzalez-Chapel, 849 F.2d 24, 28 (1st Cir. 1988).Second, they are void and must be set aside because the Court’s exercise of personal jurisdiction over Bridgeline, which has no contacts whatsoever with Puerto Rico, would violatedue process. See M&K Welding, 386 F.3d at 364; see also Elecs. for Imaging, Inc. v. Coyle, 340F.3d 1344, 1350 (Fed Cir. 2003); Int’l Shoe v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310, 316 (1945).Third, they are void and must be set aside because plaintiff Ingeniador, LLC(“Ingeniador”) did not provide Bridgeline with written notice of Ingeniador’s motion for default judgment at least 7 days prior to the Court’s entry of default judgment, as required by Fed. R.Civ. P. 55(b)(2). See Key Bank of Maine v. Tablecloth Textile Co. Corp., 74 F.3d 349, 351-56(1st Cir. 1996); Muniz v. Vidal, 739 F.2d 699 (1st Cir. 1984). Although Bridgeline did notformally appear in this matter, Bridgeline had multiple direct communications with Ingeniador’scounsel, in which Bridgeline rejected Ingeniador’s allegations and expressed Bridgeline’sunequivocal intent to defend itself against Ingeniador’s claim. As Judge Torruella made clear inthe First Circuit’s decision in Key Bank of Maine, 74 F.3d 355, and as then-Judge Breyer madeclear in Muniz, 739 F.2d at701, a defendant’s expression of a clear “intent to defend” triggers
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