January 13, 2014
JOSEPH OSBORNE, Plaintiff,
C&D COMPLETE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, INC., and SONYA CUMMINGS Defendants.
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW
Kenneth G. Gale United States Magistrate Judge
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Order to Show Cause. (Doc. 68.) Plaintiff’s Motion for Entry of Default (Doc. 56) was granted on April 9, 2013 (Doc. 60). Thereafter, the Court granted Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment (Doc. 64) on June 25, 2013 (Doc. 65).
Plaintiff subsequently served post-judgment discovery on Defendants, to which Defendants did not respond, resulting in Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel. (Doc. 66.) The Court granted that Motion to Compel as uncontested, ordering Defendants to respond to the discovery on or before September 24, 2013. (See Doc. 67, text Order.) Defendants failed to do so, which resulted in the present motion, in which Plaintiff contends that Defendants should be found in contempt for “their failure to comply with this Court’s order” compelling responses to post-judgment discovery. (See Doc. 68.)
The Court DENIES Plaintiff’s motion for two reasons. First, the Court finds that the procedure used by Plaintiff is impractical and ultimately will be ineffective. Finding a defunct corporation to be in contempt, and ordering it to pay fines, for the failure to respond to discovery following a default judgment is not a practical solution to Plaintiff’s continued inability to compile the requested information. Second, the Court has serious concerns that the relief requested by Plaintiff would run afoul of the bankruptcy Order and Stay currently in effect regarding individual Defendant Sonya Cummings. The Court notes that said individual Defendant has indicated in court filings that she is doing business as C & D Complete Business Solutions, the corporate Defendant in this matter. (See Doc. 69.)
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Order to Show Cause (Doc. 68) is DENIED for the reasons set forth above.
IT IS SO ORDERED.