Oliver et al v. M/V Barbary Coast et al
ORDER conditionally granting 381 Motion to Stay as follows: Execution of judgment is stayed pending further order from this court and defendant shall within 20 days post bond as set out. Should defendant fail to comply, the stay shall be lifted without further notice. Signed by Judge Kristi K. DuBose on 1/17/2013. (cmj)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
ATCHAFALAYA MARINE, LLC,
NATIONAL UNION FIRE INSURANCE
COMPANY OF PITTSBURGH, PA.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 11-00223-KD-N
This matter is before the Court on Defendant’s “Motion to Stay Execution [of the
Judgment] Pending Disposition of PostJudgment Motions” (Doc. 381).
to Rule 62(b), Defendant seeks entry of a stay of the judgment (the jury verdict)1 pending the
Court’s disposition of its post-judgment motions (Docs. 377-379).
Rule 62(b) provides, in relevant part, as follows: “[o]n appropriate terms for the opposing
party's security, the court may stay the execution of or any proceedings to enforce a judgment -or any proceedings to enforce it -- pending disposition of any of the following motions: (1) under
rule 50, a motion for judgment as a matter of law...(3) under Rule 59, for a new trial or to alter or
amend a judgment[.]”
FED. R. CIV. P. 62(b). “Rule 62(b) is intended to protect the prevailing
party's interest in the judgment while preserving the status quo.” Continental Cas. Co. v. First
Financial Employee Leasing, 2010 WL 5421337, *1 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 27, 2010) (citing Slip ‘N
Slide Records, Inc. v. TVT Records, LLC, 2007 WL 1098751, at *2 (S.D. Fla. April 8, 2007)
and Poplar Grove Planting & Ref. Co., Inc. v. Bache Halsey Stuart, Inc., 600 F.2d 1189, 1190–
1 Judgment issued on the jury’s verdict on December 18, 2012 (Order on Jury trial was signed on
December 17, 2012 but the Order was docketed on December 18, 2012). (Doc. 369). The jury
awarded $250,000 to Plaintiff on its breach of contract claim; $100,000 to Plaintiff on its bad faith claim;
and $350,000 to Plaintiff for punitive damages.
1191 (5th Cir. 1979)).
While courts have broad discretion to determine the “appropriate terms”
for such a stay, “normally the party seeking a stay is required to post a bond sufficient to protect
fully the prevailing party's interest in the judgment.”
Continental Cas. Co., 2010 WL 5421337,
Thus, the burden is on the Defendant to demonstrate why a Rule 62(b) bond should not be
In so doing, the Defendant must show that in the absence of a bond, Plaintiff
“will be properly secured against the risk that Defendant will be less able to satisfy the judgment
after disposition of the post-trial motions.” Id.
While Defendant admits that party seeking entry of such a stay is usually required to post
a bond sufficient to protect the prevailing party's interest in the judgment (i.e., to preserve the
status quo), it contends that because its ability to pay is so “plain,” a bond is not required.
this, Defendant requests that this Court -- in its discretion -- enter an unsecured stay pending
disposition of its post-judgment motions as its “ability to pay the judgment is plain and its
financial future is certain.” In the alternative, Defendant requests that the Court set the amount
of bond pursuant to Rule 62(b), conditionally stay the case for 20 days, and grant Defendant
leave during that time to obtain a bond in the amount required.
Eleventh Circuit case law surrounding the issues raised in the Defendant’s motion is
sparse. However, Slip N' Slide Records, Inc. v. TVT Records, LLC, 2007 WL 1489810, *2-4
(S.D. Fla. May 18, 2007) and Continental Cas. Co. v. First Financial Employee Leasing, 2010
WL 5421337, *1 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 27, 2010), decisions issued by two (2) federal courts within the
Eleventh Circuit, prove instructive.
allow for an unsecured stay.
At the outset, the Court is not inclined, in its discretion, to
Despite Defendant’s representations, the Court is not satisfied that
Plaintiff’s interest in the judgment will be adequately protected absent a bond.
Court finds that under the circumstances, the appropriate course of action is for the undersigned
to fix the amount of bond, and issue a conditional stay pending Defendant’s posting of a
supersedeas bond sufficient to protect Plaintiff’s interest in the judgment.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Defendant’s Motion for Entry of a Stay (Doc.
381) is CONDITIONALLY GRANTED as follows: 1) execution of the judgment is STAYED
pending further order from this Court; and 2) Defendant shall, within 20 days from the date of
this Order, POST BOND sufficient to secure payment of the net amount of the judgment
plus post-judgment interest.
In the event Defendant fails to comply with this Order, the stay
shall be lifted without further notice.
See, e.g., Continental Cas. Co., 2010 WL 5421337, *2.
DONE and ORDERED this the 17th day of January 2013.
/s/ Kristi K. DuBose
KRISTI K. DuBOSE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?