Luigino's International Incorporated v. Miller International Foods Incorporated et al

Filing 6

ORDER - that Jamir Miller is hereby RELEASED from custody. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Jamir Miller's deposition is hereby STAYED until further order of either the Honorable Orinda D. Evans or the assigned bankruptcy judge, the Honorable Charles G. Case, United States Bankruptcy Judge. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED directing the Clerk of the Court to mail a copy of this order to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division and all counsel of record in No. MC-10-103. Signed by Magistrate Judge Lawrence O Anderson on 10/7/10. (KMG)

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Luigino's International Incorporated v. Miller International Foods Incorporated et al Doc. 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Luigino's International, Inc., a Florida) corporation, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) ) Miller International Foods, Inc., a Georgia) corporation, and Jamir Miller, an) individual, ) ) Defendants. ) ) ) No. MC-10-103 (No. 1:07-CV-1379-ODE, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division) ORDER This case arises on the arrest of Defendant Jamir Miller on Friday, October 1, 2010 by the United States Marshal Service pursuant to a civil arrest warrant in case No. 1:07-CV-1379-ODE issued in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. This matter was assigned to the undersigned criminal duty Magistrate Judge as a matter of the District of Arizona's usual and customary practice. I. Background On August 25, 2010, the Honorable Orinda D. Evans, the assigned United States District Judge, in case No. 1:07-CV-1379-ODE filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, found, inter alia, that Defendant Jamir Miller, a resident of Paradise Valley, Arizona, was served personally with a subpoena to appear before a court reporter for his deposition on December 15, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Doc. 98-1 in No. 1:07-CV-1379-ODE) Judge Evans further found that Mr. Miller Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 failed to appear for the December 15, 2009 deposition and several other rescheduled depositions. (Id. at 1-2) Judge Evans determined that Mr. Miller "contumaciously refused to follow [the court's] orders to submit to a deposition in this case [,]" ordered that the United States Marshal Service arrest Mr. Miller, and "that he be incarcerated until such time as he purges himself from contempt by appearing at a deposition, in jail or in prison, and by answering all proper questions put to him by counsel for Plaintiff." (Id. at 3) On Friday, October 1, 2010, a hearing was held in open court and electronically recorded. Plaintiff's Florida counsel, David H. Simmons and Daniel J. O'Malley, were authorized to appear telephonically pro hac vice by the Court for this hearing only. Scottsdale lawyer Lyndon B. Steimel, counsel for Mr. Miller, also appeared telephonically. Mr. Steimel represented to the Court and counsel that earlier that day, October 1, 2010, a Chapter 7 voluntary bankruptcy petition was filed on behalf of Jamir Miller and Racquel Miller in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona in case No. 2:10-bk-31807-CGC. The Court has independently confirmed the bankruptcy petition's filing. The Trustee is Dina Anderson, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., # 1630-608, Phoenix, AZ 85050; phone number: (480) 304-8312. By virtue of the automatic stay imposed pursuant to Title 11 U.S.C. 362 with the filing of the bankruptcy petition, Mr. Steimel moved that Jamir Miller be released from custody and that Jamir Miller's deposition be stayed until further order of either the Honorable Orinda D. Evans or the assigned bankruptcy judge, the Honorable Charles G. Case, United States Bankruptcy Judge. There being no objection by Plaintiff's counsel and good cause appearing, IT IS ORDERED that Jamir Miller is hereby RELEASED from custody. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Jamir Miller's deposition is hereby STAYED until further order of either the Honorable Orinda D. Evans or the assigned bankruptcy judge, the Honorable Charles G. Case, United States Bankruptcy Judge. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED directing the Clerk of the Court to mail a copy of this order to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Northern District of -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Georgia, Atlanta Division and all counsel of record in No. MC-10-103. Dated this 7th day of October, 2010. -3-

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