Terminated Hotel Franchise Pays Liquidated Damages With No Trial; Another Wyndham Hotel Terminated Franchisee Fails to Retain Counsel and is Defaulted by Judge in Wyndham’s New Jersey Home-Court – After the hotel franchisee defendants failed to retain an attorney or defend Wyndham’s claims, the Court considered: (1) whether the party subject to the default has a meritorious defense; (2) the prejudice suffered by the party seeking default judgment; and (3) the culpability of the party subject to default. In so doing, the Court concluded that in the absence of any responsive pleading and based upon the facts alleged in the Complaint, the Defendants did not have a meritorious defense. Further, the Court found that Howard Johnson would suffer prejudice absent entry of default judgment as HJI will have no other means of obtaining relief. In addition, the Court found that the Defendants acted culpably as “they have been served with the Complaint, are not infants or otherwise incompetent, and are not presently engaged in military service.” In turn, the Court awarded both $104,314.02 in “Recurring Fees”, and $177,105.77 in liquidated damages. Howard Johnson Intern., Inc. v. SV Hotels, LLC, United States District Court, D. New Jersey, July 10, 2015Slip Copy2015 WL 4199280
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