Keller et al v. FCOA, LLC
ORDER granting 66 Motion to Lift Stay and Enter Final Judgment Disposing of Claims of Plaintiffs William Keller and Debra Keller. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on January 8, 2016. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
WILLIAM KELLER, DEBRA KELLER,
and PEGGY BYRGE, individually and on
behalf of all others similarly situated
Case No. 4:14-cv-04002
FCOA, LLC d/b/a FOREMOST
Before the Court is the Unopposed Joint Motion to Lift Stay and Enter Final Judgment Disposing
of Claims of Plaintiffs William Keller and Debra Keller. (ECF No. 66).
This case was filed in November 2013. Class counsel became aware that the Plaintiffs William
Keller and Debra Keller had a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding pending in Arkansas Bankruptcy Court
which was instituted April 19, 2012. A potential claim against Defendant FCOA was not listed as an asset
of the bankruptcy estate.
On May 12, 2015, the Court stayed the case for a period of 45 days to allow the parties to address
certain matters in Bankruptcy Court. That stay expired June 26, 2015. The Court renewed the stay for such
a time as the matters could be ruled on by the Bankruptcy Court. (ECF No. 61). Thereafter, the Court
permitted the standing Chapter 13 Trustee, Jack W. Gooding, to intervene as a party plaintiff. (ECF No. 64).
Since that time, the Trustee and Defendants have negotiated a settlement of the Kellers’ claims.
The stay in this case was imposed to permit resolution of the bankruptcy matters. Because the
Trustee, with Bankruptcy Court approval, has now settled those claims, there is no continuing reason to stay
Accordingly, the Court finds that good cause has been shown to lift the stay in this case. The
Kellers’ claims are dismissed in accordance with the parties’ settlement. Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b). The claims
of the remaining Plaintiff, Peggy Byrge, will proceed.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 8th day of January, 2016.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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