United States District Court, D. New Jersey
July 2, 2015
HICA EDUCATION LOAN CORPORATION, Plaintiff,
JAMES C. FIDELIBUS, Defendant.
ROBERT THOMAS LIEBER, JR, WELTMAN, WEINBERG & REIS CO., LPA, PHILADELPHIA, PA, On behalf of plaintiff.
JAMES C. FIDELIBUS, GLENDORA, NJ., Appearing pro se.
MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER
NOEL L. HILLMAN, District Judge.
WHEREAS, plaintiff, HICA Education Loan Corporation, commenced this civil action seeking to recover payments under a promissory note signed by defendant, James C. Fidelibus, on May 2, 1994, pursuant to the United States Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program, 42 U.S.C. §§ 292, 294 et seq. and 42 C.F.R. 60; and
The note having been assigned to plaintiff by the Student Loan Marketing Association (SLMA), and therefore plaintiff is the holder of the note; and
Plaintiff alleging that defendant has failed to make payments owed under the terms of the note; and
Defendant having filed his answer to plaintiff's complaint, denying his liability; but
Thereafter, defendant having not participated in the discovery process; and
Plaintiff having moved for summary judgment, arguing that:
(1) There is no dispute that defendant signed the Note;
(2) There is no dispute that defendant defaulted in his agreement to repay the Note;
(3) There is no dispute that plaintiff is the owner and holder of the Note; and
(4) There is no dispute of the amounts that are due and owing under the terms of the Note; and
The Court observing that summary judgment is appropriate where the Court is satisfied that the materials in the record, including depositions, documents, electronically stored information, affidavits or declarations, stipulations, admissions, or interrogatory answers, demonstrate that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law, Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 330 (1986); Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(a); and
The Court further observing that in circumstances where a nonmoving party fails to oppose the motion, Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(e) provides that the court may, among other relief, consider the facts undisputed for purposes of the motion and grant summary judgment if the motion and supporting materials - including the facts considered undisputed - show that the movant is entitled to it; and
The Court finding that evidence in the record demonstrates that defendant owes to plaintiff unpaid principal on the Note in the amount of $14, 363.09, plus accrued, unpaid interest; and
The Court further finding that with defendant not providing any evidence to refute that he has defaulted on his loan and owes plaintiff for unpaid principal and interest, defendant's general denial of liability in his answer is insufficient to withstand summary judgment, see Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 256-57 (1986) (explaining that to withstand a properly supported motion for summary judgment, the nonmoving party must identify specific facts and affirmative evidence that contradict those offered by the moving party); Saldana v. Kmart Corp., 260 F.3d 228, 232 (3d Cir. 2001) (explaining that a party opposing summary judgment must do more than just rest upon mere allegations, general denials, or vague statements); and
Therefore, the Court finding that plaintiff is entitled to judgment in its favor on its claim that defendant defaulted on the loan and that it is owed unpaid principal and accrued interest;
IT IS on this 2nd day of July, 2015
ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for summary judgment  be, and the same hereby is, GRANTED; and it is further
ORDERED that within 10 days, plaintiff shall provide the Court with a proposed Order of Judgment, which includes the appropriate calculation of interest.