Default Judgment Set Aside for Tenant’s ‘Excusable Neglect’

Facts: A mall owner sued a tenant for allegedly breaching its lease, asking for more than $190,000 in accelerated rent and other fees. After the tenant didn’t respond to the litigation, a trial court entered a default judgment against it. The tenant later asked the court to set aside the default judgment.

Decision: A Pennsylvania district court ruled in favor of the tenant.

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