Deadline to Answer was missed, judicial default was entered, then a Default Final Judgment was entered without a hearing. Would this be an additional grounds for a Motion to Set Aside/Vacate? Assistant forgot to the calendar deadline, and when judicial default was issued, assistant was assigned to file the Answer/Counterclaim, but did not. Soon after, she quit. Was first put on notice when DFJ was issued.

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Doubtful. The attorney is ultimately responsible to supervise any delegated work. Even though the assistant clearly was lax in their duties, the handling attorney was responsible for keeping track that filing deadlines were being met.

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In my jurisdiction, this probably constitutes excusable neglect and is worth mentioning to the court. Courts prefer to hear matters on the merits.

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I did file a Notice of Defendants Intent to Defend on the Merits, so I do feel like it was in error that no hearing was held for the Final Judgment. Although agreed with everyone else about my responsibility to have overseen it all.

You may have an argument for excusable neglect, but I really mean "may," not that you have a really strong argument. The fact that two deadlines went by is definitely not going to help.

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