Schmid et al v. Lafayette Insurance Company et al
ORDER denying defendant Lafayette's motion for summary judgment 9 and Catlin Insurance Company is dismissed due to Plaintiffs failure to prosecute, and Catlin Insurance Company is terminated. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on August 28, 2012. (sh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ROBERT and SONJA SCHMID, husband and
wife; and SONROB HOSTS, LLC, an Arkansas
Corporation d/b/a LOOKOUT LODGE
Case No. 3:11-CV-03094
LAFAYETTE INSURANCE COMPANY, A
Louisiana Corporation; CATLIN INSURANCE
COMPANY d/b/a UNITED FIRE GROUP
Currently before the Court are Defendant Lafayette Insurance Company’s (“Lafayette”)
Motion for Summary Judgment and Declaratory Judgment (Doc. 9) and Brief in Support (Doc. 10);
Plaintiffs’ Response in Opposition, along with supporting documentation (Docs. 16-22); and
Lafayette’s Reply (Doc. 24). In reviewing the parties’ submissions on the issue of summary
judgment, the Court concludes that there exists a genuine issue of material fact as to whether
Plaintiffs complied with the provisions of the insurance policy at issue, requiring Plaintiffs to “do
[their] best to maintain heat in the building or structure” in order to recover damages caused by or
resulting from freezing water. (Doc. 10, p. 6). Because this fact issue remains in contention, either
summary judgment or a declaratory judgment on the merits is inappropriate. Therefore, Defendant
Lafayette’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Declaratory Judgment (Doc. 9) is DENIED, and this
case will proceed to jury trial commencing Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
Plaintiff’s counsel stipulated in the telephonic pre-trial conference for this matter, held on
August 27, 2012, that Defendant Catlin Insurance Company was not served with a copy of the
Complaint and never entered an appearance in this case.
Accordingly, the Court hereby
DISMISSES Defendant Catlin Insurance Company, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b), due to
Plaintiffs’ failure to prosecute.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 28th day of August, 2012.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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