Rosty v. Skaj

Appellees, Shari and Steve Skaj, brought suit against Appellant Vincent Rosty to recover damages caused when an idling dump truck that had been driven by Appellant was knocked into gear, pinning Shari against a motor home. Appellant failed to plead or otherwise defend against the allegations in the complaint. The district court subsequently entered default judgment against Appellant and awarded damages to Appellees. The court then denied Appellant's motion to set aside entry of default or for relief from default judgment. On appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part, holding (1) Appellant's appeal was timely; (2) the district court did not violate Appellant's due process rights, as Appellant had adequate notice of the default judgment hearing and thus had a meaningful opportunity to be heard at the hearing; (3) Appellant was properly served with the summons and complaint; (4) the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying Appellant's motion to set aside entry of default and default judgment; and (5) the district court abused its discretion in awarding punitive damages, as Appellees failed to produce sufficient evidence of Appellant's wealth or financial condition to support an award of punitive damages. Remanded. View "Rosty v. Skaj" on Justia Law