Hope for Families & Community Services, Inc. et al v. Warren, et al.

Filing 252

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER that the court finds that the Magistrate Judge's 187 Memorandum Opinion and Order denying Plaintiffs' motions to compel, is clearly erroneous and contrary to law and the law of the case, in part. Consequently, it is ORDERED that Plaintiffs' Objections to 195 Magistrate Judge's Memorandum Opinion and Order are SUSTAINED to the extent that on or before February 6, 2009: (1) Mr. McGregor and/or VictoryLand are DIRECTED to provide written answers and produce documents to Plaintiffs, as set out; (2) Mr. Gray is DIRECTED to produce (a) documents disclosing all dividends, distributions, fees or payments of any nature to him from VictoryLand or Mr. McGregor, as further set out; (3) Mr. Gray and t he Gray Law Firm are DIRECTED to produce documents establishing the methods of division of income and profits of the Gray Law Firm among its shareholders, but not the amounts of such divisions, since January 1, 2000; (4) VictoryLand is DIRECTED to pr oduce documents reflecting Mr. Gray's ownership interest in VictoryLand on January 1, 2003, as further set out; (5) Sheriff Warren is DIRECTED to produce all documents that relate in any way to campaign contributions made to all of his political campaigns for the office of Sheriff of Macon County, Alabama, directly or indirectly from VictoryLand or Mr. McGregor, as further set out; (6) Mr. Gray Jr. is DIRECTED to produce, pursuant to a Rule 45 subpoena, "[a]ny and all documents in [his ] possession or control that contain any communication between [him] and [Mr.] Gray regarding electronic bingo."; that Plaintiffs' objections are SUSTAINED and Mr. Gray Jr. is DIRECTED to appear for a deposition on or before March 2, 2009, or at a later time if all parties agree to the later date; that in all all other respects, Plaintiffs' Objections to the Magistrate Judge's Memorandum Opinion and Order are OVERRULED; that consistent with the court's rulings herein on the pending privilege issues, it is further ORDERED that on or before February 6, 2009, (1) The Gray Law Firm is DIRECTED to disclose the amount of all legal fees paid to it from Mr. McGregor and/or VictoryLand from February 2004 to the present, as f urther set out; (2) VictoryLand is DIRECTED to produce any and all documents in its possession or control (including its attorneys or agents) that contain any communication between it and Mr. Gray Jr. relating to electronic bingo from January 1, 2003 , to January 6, 2005, as further set out; (3) Mr. Gray Jr. is DIRECTED to produce any and all documents in his possession or control that contain any communication between him and any of VictoryLand's agents or attorneys regarding electronic bin go, except those communications relating directly to this or other litigation, as further set out; (4) VictoryLand is DIRECTED to produce any and all documents in its possession or control that contain any communication between it, its agents or atto rneys, and Mr. Gray or between it, its agents or attorneys and any other partner or associate with the Gray Law Firm relating to the establishment, regulation or licensing of bingo in Macon County, Alabama, from January 1, 2003, until January 6, 2005, as further set out. Signed by Honorable William Keith Watkins on 1/26/2009. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Appeals Checklist)(cc, )

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A copy of this checklist is available at the website for the USCA, 11th Circuit at www.ca11.uscourts.gov E f f e c tiv e on April 9, 2006, the new fee to file an appeal will increase from $255.00 to $455.00. CIVIL APPEALS JURISDICTION CHECKLIST 1. Appealable Orders: Courts of Appeals have jurisdiction conferred and strictly limited by statute: (a) Appeals from final orders pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1291: Only final orders and judgments of district courts, or final orders of bankruptcy courts which have been appealed to and fully resolved by a district court under 28 U.S.C. 158, generally are appealable. A final decision is one that "ends the litigation on the merits and leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment." Pitney Bowes, Inc. v. Mestre, 701 F.2d 1 365, 1 368 ( 11th Ci r. 1 983). A magistrate judge's report and recommendation is not final and appealable until judgment thereon is entered by a district court judge. 28 U.S.C. 636(c). In cases involving multiple parties or multiple claims, a judgment as to fewer than all parties or all claims is not a final, appealable decision unless the district court has certified the judgment for immediate review under Fed.R.Civ.P. 54(b). Williams v. Bishop, 732 F.2d 885, 885- 86 (11th Cir. 1984). A judg ment which resolves all issues except matters, such as attorneys' fees and costs, that are collateral to the merits, is immediately appealable. Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 486 U.S.196, 201, 108 S.Ct. 1717, 1721-22, 100 L .Ed.2d 178 (1988); LaChance v. Duffy's Draft House, Inc., 146 F.3d 832, 837 (11th Cir. 1998). Appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1292(a): Appeals are permitted from orders "granting, continuing, modifying, refusing or dissolving injunctions or refusing to dissolve or modify injunctions . . ." and from "[i]nterlocutory decrees . . . determining the rights and liabilities of parties to admiralty cases in which appeals from final decrees are allowed." Interlocutory appeals from orders denying temporary restraining orders are not permitted. Appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1292(b) and Fed.R.App.P. 5: The certification specified in 28 U.S.C. 1292(b) must be obtained before a petition for permission to appeal is filed in the Court of Appeals. The district court's denial of a motion for certification is not itself appealable. Appeals pursuant to judicially created exceptions to the finality rule: Limited exceptions are discussed in cases including, but not limited to: Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541, 546, 69S.Ct. 1221, 1225-26, 93 L.Ed. 1528 (1949); Atlantic Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass'n v. Blythe Eastman Paine Webber, Inc., 890 F.2d 371, 376 (11th Cir. 1989); Gillespie v. United States Steel Corp., 379 U.S. 148, 157, 85 S.Ct. 308, 312, 13 L.Ed.2d 199 (1964). Rev.: 4/04 (b) (c) (d) (e) 2. Time for Filing: The timely filing of a notice of appeal is mandatory and jurisdictional. Rinaldo v. Corbett, 256 F.3d 1276, 1278 (11th Cir. 2001). In civil cases, Fed.R.App.P. 4(a) and (c) set the following time limits: (a) Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(1): A notice of appeal in compliance with the requirements set forth in Fed.R.App.P. 3 must be filed in the district court within 30 days after the entry of the order or judgment appealed from. However, if the United States or an officer or agency thereof is a party, the notice of appeal must be filed in the district court within 60 days after such entry. THE NOTICE MUST BE RECEIVED AND FILED IN THE DISTRICT COURT NO LATER THAN THE LAST DAY OF THE APPEAL PERIOD no additional days are provided for mailing. Special filing provisions for inmates are discussed below. Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(3): "If one party timely files a notice of appeal, any other party may file a notice of appeal within 14 days after the date when the first notice was filed, or within the time otherwise prescribed by this Rule 4(a), whichever period ends later." Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(4): If any party makes a timely motion in the district court under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure of a type specified in this rule, the time for appeal for all parties runs from the date of entry of the order disposing of the last such timely filed motion. Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(5) and 4(a)(6): Under certain limited circumstances, the district court may extend the time to file a notice of appeal. Under Rule 4(a)(5), the time may be extended if a motion for an extension is filed within 30 days after expiration of the time otherwise provided to file a notice of appeal, upon a showing of excusable neglect or good cause. Under Rule 4(a)(6), the time may be extended if the district court finds upon motion that a party did not timely receive notice of the entry of the judgment or order, and that no party would be prejudiced by an extension. Fed.R.App.P. 4(c): If an inmate confined to an institution files a notice of appeal in either a civil case or a criminal case, the notice of appeal is timely if it is deposited in the institution's internal mail system on or before the last day for filing. Timely filing may be shown by a declaration in compliance with 28 U.S.C. 1746 or a notarized statement, either of which must set forth the date of deposit and state that first-class postage has been prepaid. (b) (c) (d) (e) 3. Format of the notice of appeal: Form 1, Appendix of Forms to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, is a suitable format. See also Fed.R.App.P. 3(c). A pro se notice of appeal must be signed by the appellant. Effect of a notice of appeal: A district court loses jurisdiction (authority) to act after the filing of a timely notice of appeal, except for actions in aid of appellate jurisdiction or to rule on a timely motion of the type specified in Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(4). 4.

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