Fidelity and Guaranty Life Ins v. Rapid Settlements, Ltd.

Filing 920091023

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-1599 FIDELITY AND GUARANTY LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, a Maryland corporation; SETTLEMENT FUNDING, LLC, d/b/a Peachtree Settlement Funding, Plaintiffs - Appellees, v. RAPID SETTLEMENTS, LTD., Defendant Appellant, FIDELITY AND GUARANTY ASSIGNMENT CORPORATION, Claimant Appellee, and LUCILLE HARROD; BROOKE SCHUMM, III, Defendants. No. 08-2303 FIDELITY AND GUARANTY LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, a Maryland corporation; SETTLEMENT FUNDING, LLC, d/b/a Peachtree Settlement Funding, Plaintiffs - Appellees, v. RAPID SETTLEMENTS, LTD., Defendant Appellant, FIDELITY AND GUARANTY ASSIGNMENT CORPORATION, Claimant Appellee, and LUCILLE HARROD; BROOKE SCHUMM, III, Defendants. Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. Catherine C. Blake, District Judge. (1:05-cv-02732-CCB) Submitted: July 20, 2009 Decided: October 23, 2009 Before MICHAEL, GREGORY, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Stewart A. Feldman, THE FELDMAN LAW FIRM, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, for Appellant. Elyse L. Strickland, SELZER, GURVITCH, RABIN & OBECNY, CHTD., Bethesda, Maryland; H. Mark Stichel, GOHN, HANKEY & STICHEL, L.L.P., Baltimore, Maryland; Stephen H. Kaufman, OFFIT KURMAN, P.A., Owings Mills, Maryland, for Appellees. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. 2 PER CURIAM: Rapid court's Rapid orders Settlements, enjoining an Ltd., appeals from the district filed by arbitration summary proceeding Settlements, in this granting judgment against Rapid Settlements against interpleader and action, its imposing and sanctions denying Rapid Settlements counsel, reconsideration. We have reviewed the record and the briefs Accordingly, Rapid filed by the parties and find no reversible error. we affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. Settlements, Ltd. v. Settlement Funding, LLC, No. 1:05-cv-02732CCB (D. Md. Mar. 6, 2007, Sept. 27, 2007, Apr. 15, 2008, and filed Oct. 15, 2008; entered Oct. 16, 2008). oral argument because in the the facts and legal before We dispense with contentions the court are and adequately presented materials argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED 3

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