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Jones v. Courtney

United States District Court, D. Kansas

June 19, 2019

MILO A. JONES, Plaintiff,
v.
JUSTIN COURTNEY, Defendant,

          ORDER

          JAMES P. O'HARA, U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Pro se plaintiff Milo A. Jones has filed a motion for hearing in aid of execution of a judgment he obtained against defendant Justin Courtney (ECF No. 290). Because the judgment is currently dormant, the motion is denied without prejudice to refiling.

         The lengthy procedural history of this case was set forth in a January 9, 2013 order[1]and will not be repeated here. Suffice it to say, Jones obtained a judgment against Courtney in September 2007 (later amended), [2] which he has been attempting to fully recover for the past twelve years. In matters of aiding execution of judgments, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure defer to the laws of the state in which the federal district court sits.[3]Consequently, the court looks to Kansas law for guidance on this issue.[4]

         Under K.S.A. § 60-2403(a)(1), a judgment becomes dormant “five years from the date of the entry of any judgment in any court” unless the judgment creditor files a renewal affidavit or undertakes execution proceedings, in which case it becomes dormant five years after “the date of the last renewal affidavit or execution proceedings undertaken.” If a judgment becomes dormant, K.S.A. § 60-2404 provides that it may nevertheless “be revived and have the same force and effect as if it had not become dormant if the holder thereof files a motion for revivor and files a request for the immediate issuance of an execution thereon . . . within two years after the date on which the judgment became dormant.”[5]

         In June 2013, presumably because he believed the judgment had become dormant, [6]Jones filed a motion to revive the judgment under K.S.A. § 60-2404.[7] The court granted the motion as unopposed and revived the judgment on July 15, 2013.[8] Plaintiff then filed a motion for hearing in aid of execution of the revived judgment on July 31, 2013.[9] The court reinstated a writ of continuing garnishment on August 23, 2013.[10] The court's last order requiring garnishment of Courtney's wages by his employer was issued on September 19, 2013.[11]

         On November 29, 2018, Jones filed a renewal affidavit under K.S.A. § 60-2403(a)(1).[12] The problem for Jones is that because the renewal affidavit was not filed “within five years of the date of [the] order reviving the judgment” (i.e., July 15, 2013) and “five years have intervened between the date of the last . . . execution proceedings undertaken on the judgment [(i.e., September 19, 2013)[13] and the time of filing another renewal affidavit” (i.e., November 29, 2018), the judgment has become dormant.[14] Thus, the judgment must be revived under K.S.A. § 60-2404 before the court may grant Jones a hearing in aid of execution of the judgment. As noted above, under K.S.A. § 60-2404, Jones has two years from the date the judgment became dormant to file a “motion for revivor and . . . a request for the immediate issuance of an execution thereon.”

         IT IS THEREFORE ORDERD that Jones's motion for hearing in aid of execution of judgment is denied. Jones should file a motion to revive the judgment no later than September 19, 2020, should he wish to continue seeking recovery of the judgment.

         Jones is hereby informed that, within 14 days after he is served with a copy of this order, he may, pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 72 and D. Kan. Rule 72.1.4(a), file written objections to this order by filing a motion for review of this order. Jones must file any objections within the 14-day period if he wants to have appellate review of this order.

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

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Notes:

[1] ECF No. 272.

[2] ECF Nos. 137, 140, and 147.


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