American Acquisition, LLC v. Gaddy et al

Filing 13

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren on September 18, 2009. (tg)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE DIVISION AMERICAN ACQUISITION, LLC v. Civil No. 09-5063 PLAINTIFF JEFFREY LANE GADDY and LINDA A. GADDY, CO-TRUSTEES OF THE BOB L. GADDY TRUST; J. SCOTT BULL; and REBECCA L. BULL MEMORANDUM OPINION DEFENDANTS Now on this 18th day of September, 2009, comes on for consideration Plaintiff American Acquisition, LLC's Motion For Summary Judgment (document #8), and from said motion, and the response thereto, the Court finds and orders as follows: 1. The First Amended Verified Complaint in this matter alleges as follows: * that defendants J. Scott Bull and Rebecca L. Bull ("Bulls") borrowed money from ANB Financial, N.A. ("ANB"), and executed promissory note #89000560 (the "Note") in connection therewith; * that Bob L. Gaddy gave ANB a personal guaranty of the Note (the "Guaranty"); * plaintiff; * * that the Bulls are in default on the Note; that it has increased the interest rate on the Note, that ANB assigned the Note and the Guaranty to pursuant to its terms, to the maximum rate allowable by law; * that Bob L. Gaddy is deceased, but prior to his death he established the Bob L. Gaddy Trust (the "Trust"), which stands liable for the Guaranty; * that the Bulls and the Trust are jointly and severally liable on the Note; * that there is a balance due on the Note of $1,098,658.14 as of march 17, 2009; and * that it is entitled to costs and attorney's fees pursuant to the terms of the Note, the Guaranty, and Arkansas law. 2. Plaintiff now moves for summary judgment as against the Bulls, in the sum of $1,116,640.74, plus interest from June 6, 2009, to the date of judgment at the rate of 15% per annum, plus post-judgment interest at the statutory rate. Plaintiff also claims attorney's fees of $8,847.30, and costs of $2,262.10. These figures are supported by the Affidavit of Laura Beil. Plaintiff further asks the Court to enter final judgment on its motion as contemplated in F.R.C.P. 54(b), and expressly determine that there is no just reason for delay. 3. The Bulls respond that they "do not have a valid legal or factual defense to the Motion for Summary Judgment . . . and therefore confess judgment on the liability issue." They further state that they do not have "information sufficient to admit or deny the allegation with respect to the amount of the debt due and owing to Plaintiff." -2- 4. Summary judgment should be granted when the record, viewed in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party, and giving that party the benefit of all reasonable inferences, shows that there is no genuine issue of material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. 31 F.3d 696 (8th Cir. 1994). Walsh v. United States, Summary judgment is not appropriate unless all the evidence points toward one conclusion, and is susceptible of no reasonable inferences sustaining the position of the nonmoving party. Cir. 1995). Hardin v. Hussmann Corp., 45 F.3d 262 (8th The burden is on the moving party to demonstrate the however, once the non-existence of a genuine factual dispute; moving party has met that burden, the nonmoving party cannot rest on its pleadings, but must come forward with facts showing the existence of a genuine dispute. City of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa v. Associated Electric Co-op, 838 F.2d 268 (8th Cir. 1988). 5. evidence In this case, the Bulls have come forward with no to establish and the a dispute finds about that the amount owed to is plaintiff, Court summary judgment appropriate as to both liability and damages, in the amounts claimed by plaintiff. 6. Plaintiff has also moved the Court to enter final judgment on its motion, as contemplated in F.R.C.P. 54(b), and expressly determine that there is no just reason for delay. No reason is offered in support of this request, and it will be -3- denied. Such orders are not routinely entered, and "some showing must be made by the party desiring an immediate appeal in order to overcome the normal rule that no appeal be heard until the entire case has been completed." Wright, Miller & Kane, Federal Practice and Procedure: Civil 3d 2659. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff American Acquisition, LLC's Motion For Summary Judgment (document #8) is granted, and judgment will be entered in accordance with this Memorandum Opinion. IT IS SO ORDERED. /s/ Jimm Larry Hendren JIMM LARRY HENDREN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -4-

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