If Ifiled a civil complaint in federal court but the defendant didn’t respond in the designated timeframe, does that mean that I won the case?

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If Ifiled a civil complaint in federal court but the defendant didn’t respond in the designated timeframe, does that mean that I won the case?

I filed a default judgement today because they were over the 21 days requested.

Asked on August 1, 2011 Alabama

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Although you have won by default, this may only be a temporary victory because the defendant can file a motion to set aside the default.  If the court rules in favor of the defendant's motion to set aside the default, the case will be back on track and the litigation will continue.


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