In the case "Raising Cane's USA, LLC et al v. Twins Chicken Inc", Plaintiff delivers a summons and Defendant appears to never reply. After 3 months, Plaintiff voluntarily withdraws their case instead of pursing the default judgement after 21 days of non-response per FRCP 12(a)(1).
I'm not a lawyer so these might be naive questions:
- Why didn't the court automatically issue a default judgement after 21 days? Does the plaintiff need to actively pursue it?
- Would the case history look like this if the parties settled? I would've expected some public record indication of this.
- Practically speaking, why might the plaintiff withdraw their case after receiving no response?