No the judge will not let you take his default. He has filed a response. A mean judge will set an Order to Show Cause as to why he should not be sanctioned for failing to show up at the mandatory settlement conference. A nice judge will continue the matter and give him another chance. Check your local rules for evidentiary sanctions that may be imposed for failure to participate meaningfully in the mandatory settlement conference.
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The judge has that authority - but it's rarely exercised in that fashion.
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The court will probably set a date for trial and you will need to give him notice of the trial. If he fails to show up, then you can proceed via a default at the trial.
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