Department of Labor v. Harris Trucking & Concrete Construction Inc
ORDER directing counseling not to send letters to chambers. Any substantive communication with the Court should be filed on the docket. Further, the Court doesn't need to be included in the back-and-forth between counsel. Last, the Court encourages more civility, and fewer harsh words, all around. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 8/28/2017. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
R. ALEXANDER A COST A, Secretary of Labor,
United States Department of Labor
HARRIS TRUCKING & CONCRETE
The Court has received a copy of another letter about this case.
The Court directs counsel not to send letters to
Any substantive communication with the Court should be
filed on the docket.
Further, the Court doesn't need to be included in
the back-and-forth between counsel.
Last, the Court encourages more
civility, and fewer harsh words, all around.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR
Dallas Regional Office
525 S. Griffin Street, Suite 501
Dallas, Texas 75202
(972) 850-31 00
(972) 850-3101 Fax
Karla Jackson Edwards
(972) 850-3125 (direct dial)
August 25, 2017
Brian A. Vandiver
Cox, Sterling et al.
8712 Counts Massie Road
North Little Rock, AR 72113
Re: Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Labor v. Harris Trucking & Concrete Construction, Inc.
Dear Mr. Vandiver:
I have reviewed your Wednesday, August 23rd letter. The letter was shocking to say the least.
Unfortunately, in addition to having to file a lawsuit, I also have to respond to your letter.
First, as you know, a corporation cannot represent itself in federal court. Since this litigation is
based on your advice to the company and your actions in the interest of the company, I
believe that you will have to represent it until it retains substitute counsel. While your letter
indicates that you plan to attend the hearing, dropping your client now prior to the retention of
a new counsel with a federal court hearing looming would be alarming considering your
involvement. Please let me know any substitute counsel retained.
Further, very strangely, your letter falsely states that you "repeatedly asked [me] on multiple
occasions to discuss and resolve this issue prior to litigation but [I] refused to discuss it with
[you]." This is unusual because I was recently assigned to file the subpoena enforcement
documents in this matter and you and I have never discussed this case. Zero communications
(other than your letter and voicemail on Wednesday after the Court's Order). However, the
numerous emails regarding you and your client's lack of cooperation with the WH
investigation and avoidance tactics are included as exhibits to the petition. Notably, you sent
an email on May 2, 2017 specifically stating that you had not produced anything in response
to the subpoena, objected to the subpoena, and were refusing to produce the documents. See
Exhibit E, page 3.
Due to these blatant misrepresentations regarding me refusing to allow you to produce
documents to WH or refusing to discuss this matter with you when in fact that was
Respondent's actions, I'm concerned about non-written communications with you. Therefore,
I am requesting written communications.
Notably, neither Wage and Hour nor my office has received the documents responsive to the
subpoena. You and/or the company may have mailed them on Wednesday. We appreciate
your statements that you will cooperate with the investigation now that we have had to file a
lawsuit. But, no documents have been received.
Importantly, the petition is not only about the document production but also seeks the sanction
of a tolling agreement due to Respondent's misconduct. Please let me know whether
Respondent will agree to toll the statute of limitations for Petitioner and/or the Wage and
Hour Division to file a lawsuit against Respondent under the Fair Labor Standards Act
("FLSA"), codified at, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201, et seq. and ordering that any lawsuit filed against
Respondent for violations of the FLSA may include violations that go back to at least July 5,
2014 (two years prior to the initiation of the current case).
Please provide a written communication that details the date you and/or Respondent allegedly
sent documents responsive to the subpoena. But, also let me know if Respondent is agreeable
to a tolling agreement.
Karla Jackson Edwards
Senior Trial Attorney
cc: Via Email
U.S. District Court Judge D.P. Marshall Jr.
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