Though a judge was warranted in defaulting a defendant for persistent noncompliance with court-ordered deadlines, the judge erred by fashioning an award that exceeded the relief sought in the plaintiffs’ complaint.
Hooper-Haas, et al. v. Ziegler Holdings, LLC (Lawyers Weekly No. 01-209-12) (16 pages) (Selya, J.) (1st Circuit) Appealed from the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (Docket No. 11-1747) (Aug. 10, 2012).