(Granting Injunctive Relief and Awarding Attorneys' Fees)
Barrington D. Parker, Senior District Judge:
Plaintiffs, Teamsters Local 639-Employers Pension Trust ("Pension Trust") and Employers Health Trust ("Health Trust") and the Trustees of the two Trusts, bring this action pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. against Jones & Artis Construction Co. ("Jones & Artis"). Jurisdiction and venue are conferred upon this Court. Pension Trust is an employees pension benefit plan as defined by Section 3(2)(A) of ERISA, established by members of Teamsters Local 639 for the purpose of providing retirement income to its members some of whom are Jones & Artis employees. Health Trust is an employees welfare benefit plan as defined in Section 3(1) of ERISA, established by Local 639 for the purpose of providing sickness, accident, disability, medical and related benefits to its membership, some of whom are also Jones & Artis employees. Plaintiff Trustees of the two Trusts are approved and qualified pursuant to the Teamsters Local 639-Employer Pension Trust Agreement and the Employer Health Trust Agreement. Defendant Jones & Artis employs and has employed workers who are represented by Local 639 and is an employer in an industry affecting commerce as defined under ERISA and the Labor-Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 152(2), 142(1) and (3).
Under the collective bargaining agreement between defendant and plaintiffs, Jones & Artis was obligated to make pension fund contribution reports for each regular employee covered by the agreement. All contributions when due were to be submitted within 15 days after the end of each calendar month. Between July 1984 and May 1986 Jones & Artis failed and refused to file the required reports and make the required contributions to the Pension Fund.
The complaint in this proceeding was filed on May 19, 1986. It was only after Jones & Artis answered the complaint and following an initial June 30th status call, that the defendant complied with ERISA and filed the required reports and paid the delinquent contributions. That sequence of events, together with a fair reading of the defendant's answer, supports a reasonable inference that defendant and its counsel were resorting to dilatory tactics. The answer, as written, strongly suggests that Jones & Artis had no substantive defense to the basic allegations of the complaint -- that they had not filed the required reports and had not paid the required contributions. The effect, of course, was to burden the Court with unnecessary pleadings, unnecessary status calls of counsel, and forestall a consideration of the merits of the litigation. Indeed, the defendant's latest pleading of July 28, 1986, opposing plaintiffs' request for injunctive relief and attorneys' fees, admits that:
All of the remedies sought in this litigation have been achieved, i.e., the filing of all reports, the payment of all arrearages, the payment of all liquidated damages and the conduct of and audit of the books and employment records of the defendant, . . . .