Shelby County Health Care Corporation v. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company et al
ORDER granting 37 Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment and finding as moot 43 Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment on Cross-Claim. Accordingly, this case is dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 7/8/2014. (jak) (Additional attachment(s) added on 7/8/2014: # 1 Main Document - Correct) (jak).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH CARE
CORPORATION d/b/a Regional Medical
SOUTHERN FARM BUREAU
CASUALTY INSURANCE CO., et al.
Pending is Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. No. 37). Plaintiff has
responded and Defendants have replied.1 Also pending is Defendant’s Motion for Summary
Judgment on Cross-Claim (Doc. No. 43). For the reasons set forth below, the Motion for
Summary Judgment against Plaintiff is GRANTED and the Motion for Summary Judgment on
Cross-Claim is MOOT.
Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment
For the same reasons set out in the April 10, 2014 Order, Defendants are entitled to
summary judgment. Again, Plaintiff failed to take appropriate steps to protect its interest in a
court that it knew had jurisdiction over the issues. Additionally, Plaintiff’s reliance on another
Eastern District of Arkansas case is without merit. State Farm v. Shelby County Healthcare
Corporation2 did not involve the death of an Arkansas resident and probate court was not
involved.3 Since Arkansas was the only state with jurisdiction over the Estate of John Smiley,
Doc. Nos. 41, 46.
No. 3:10-CV-00169, 2011 WL 5508854 (E.D. Ark. Nov. 10, 2011).
State Farm involved only personal injury claims, not wrongful death.
the Med knew or should have known that enforcement of their lien against the Estate would have
to be done in Arkansas probate court.
Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment on Cross-Claim
Since summary judgment was granted for all Defendants against Plaintiff, Defendant’s
Motion for Summary Judgment on Cross-Claim appears to be MOOT.
Based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law above, Defendants’ Motion for
Summary Judgment (Doc. No. 37) is GRANTED and Defendants’ Motion for Summary
Judgment on Cross-Claim (Doc. No. 43) is MOOT.
Accordingly, this case is DISMISSED with prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 8th day of July, 2014.
/s/ Billy Roy Wilson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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