Crosthwaite et al v. JWT General Engineering, Inc. et al

Filing 19

judgment with signature (tf, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/13/2010)

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1 Muriel B. Kaplan, Esq. (SBN 124607) Michele R. Stafford, Esq. (SBN 172509) 2 SALTZMAN & JOHNSON LAW CORPORATION 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 2110 3 San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 882-7900 4 (415) 882-9287 Facsimile mkaplan@sjlawcorp.com 5 mstafford@sjlawcorp.com 6 Attorneys for Plaintiffs 7 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 F. G. CROSTHWAITE, et al., as Trustees of Case No.: C09-5198 SI 12 the OPERATING ENGINEERS' HEALTH AND WELFARE TRUST FUND, et al., FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT 13 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Plaintiffs, 14 v. 15 JWT GENERAL ENGINEERING, INC., a 16 California Corporation, aka/dba PERFORMANCE COMPACTION aka 17 PERFORMANCE COMPACTION RENTALS; and BART KENNON JONES, an Individual, 18 Defendants. 19 20 IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the parties hereto, that Judgment may be 21 entered in the within action in favor of the Plaintiff OPERATING ENGINEERS HEALTH AND 22 WELFARE TRUST FUND, et al. (collectively " laintiffs or "Trust Funds ) and against Defendants P " " 23 JWT GENERAL ENGINEERING, INC., a California Corporation, aka/dba PERFORMANCE 24 COMPACTION aka PERFORMANCE COMPACTION RENTALS; and BART KENNON 25 JONES, an Individual; and/or alter egos and/or successor entities, ( Defendants ), as follows: " " 26 1. 27 Operating Engineers Local 3 Trust Funds (hereinafter "Bargaining Agreements"). 28 -1FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC Defendants entered into valid Collective Bargaining Agreements with the This 1 Bargaining Agreement has continued in full force and effect to the present time. 2 2. A Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation ( Stipulation ) was entered by the Court on " " 3 January 12, 2010, in the amount of $308,281.41 plus 12% per annum interest. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -2FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC 3. Defendants are currently indebted to the Trust Funds as follows: $281,596.89 <$181,366.28> $100,230.61 $1,087.43 $26,684.52 $128,002.56 $79,436.22 $13,148.14 $5,362.15 $97,946.51 $6,455.30 $855.27 $7,310.57 $233,259.64 Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation (conditional amount) Credits (principal paid) Balance Due on Stipulation (conditional amount ) as of 6/14/10 Interest on Stipulation (conditional amount) (6/15/10-7/19/10) Conditionally waived Liquidated Damages (12/084/09) TOTAL Stipulation (as of 6/14/10) Contribution balances due on account * Liquidated Damages (11/09-4/10) Interest (10/09-4/10) TOTAL Additional Amounts Due on Account Additional Attorneys Fees (11/18/09-7/18/10) Additional Costs (through 2/4/10) TOTAL - FIRST AMENDED STIPULATION * Pursuant to Trust Fund's allocation procedures, appears on spreadsheet as due for 11/09 and 12/09 1. Defendant shall conditionally pay the amount of $193,426.98, representing all of the above amounts, less conditionally waived liquidated damages of $39,832.66. This waiver is expressly conditioned upon the Trustees' approval upon timely compliance with all of the terms of this First Amended Stipulation. following revised payment plan: (a) On or before July 30, 2010, and no later than the 30th day of each month The amount of $193,426.98 shall be paid pursuant to the thereafter (with the exception of February, which will be the last calendar day of the month) for a period of twenty-two (22) months, through and including April 30, 2012, Defendant shall pay to Plaintiffs the amount of $10,000.00 per month. 1 Any other amounts due pursuant to the terms of this Judgment will be paid in one lump 2 sum payment together with the final payment on or before April 30, 2012. 3 (b) Payments may be made by joint check, to be endorsed prior to submission. 4 Defendants shall have the right to increase the monthly payments at any time and there is no 5 penalty for prepayment. 6 (c) Payments shall be applied first to unpaid interest and then to unpaid 7 principal. The unpaid principal balance shall bear interest from July 20, 2010, at the rate of twelve 8 percent (12%) per annum in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreements and Plaintiffs' 9 Trust Agreements, and the terms of the Notice and Acknowledgment and Judgment Pursuant to 10 Stipulation signed by the Judge on January 12, 2010. 11 (d) At the time that Defendants makes their 24th payment under this First 12 Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation, Defendants may submit a written request for waiver 13 of liquidated damages directed to the Board of Trustees, but sent to Saltzman and Johnson Law 14 Corporation together with that payment. Such waiver will not be considered until and unless all 15 other amounts are paid in full and Defendants' account is current. In the event the waiver is 16 granted, or only granted in part, all remaining liquidated damages shall be paid in one lump sum 17 on Plaintiffs' request. 18 (e) Prior to the last payment pursuant to this Stipulation, Plaintiffs shall advise 19 Defendants, in writing, as to the final amount due, including interest and all additional attorneys' 20 fees and costs incurred by Plaintiffs in connection with collection and allocation of the amounts 21 owed to Plaintiffs under this Stipulation regardless of whether or not Defendants default herein. 22 Any additional amounts due pursuant to the provisions hereunder shall also be paid in full with the 23 June 30, 2012 stipulated payment. 24 (f) Checks shall be made payable to the Operating Engineers Trust Funds, and 25 delivered to Michele R. Stafford at Saltzman & Johnson Law Corporation, 44 Montgomery Street, 26 Suite 2110, San Francisco, California 94104, or to such other address as may be specified by 27 Plaintiffs. 28 /// -3FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC 1 5. Defendants expressly agree that in the event that Defendants request a modification 2 of the monthly payments due under the terms of this Stipulation at any time, Defendants shall 3 immediately submit to a financial hardship audit performed by auditors of Plaintiffs choice, and 4 Defendants agree to pay all accountant and attorneys' fees and costs associated with that audit. 5 6. In the event that any check is not timely submitted or fails to clear the bank, or is 6 unable to be negotiated for any reason for which Defendants are responsible, this shall be 7 considered to be a default on the Judgment entered. If this occurs, Plaintiffs shall make a written 8 demand to Defendants to cure said default. If caused by a failed check, default will only be cured 9 by the issuance of a replacement cashier's check, delivered to Saltzman and Johnson Law 10 Corporation within seven (7) days of the date of the notice from Plaintiffs. If Defendants elect to 11 cure said default, and Plaintiffs elect to accept future payments, all such future payments shall be 12 made by cashier's check. In the event default is not cured, all amounts remaining due hereunder, 13 without any waiver of liquidated damages, shall be due and payable on demand by Plaintiffs. 14 7. Beginning with contributions due for hours worked by Defendants' employees 15 during the month of June 2010, due on July 15, 2010 and delinquent if not received by the Trust 16 Funds by July 25, 2010, and for every month thereafter until this Judgment is satisfied, Defendants 17 shall remain current in contributions due to Plaintiffs under the current Collective Bargaining 18 Agreement and under all subsequent Collective Bargaining Agreements, if any, and the 19 Declarations of Trust as amended. Defendants shall fax a copy of its contribution report for 20 each month, together with a copy of that payment check, to Michele R. Stafford at 415-88221 9287, prior to sending the payment to the Trust Fund office. To the extent that Defendants is 22 working on a Public Works job, or any other job for which Certified Payroll Reports are 23 required, copies of said Reports will be faxed to Michele R. Stafford concurrently with their 24 submission to the general contractor, owner or other reporting agency. 25 8. Failure by Defendants to remain current in monthly contributions shall constitute a 26 default of the obligations under this agreement and the provisions of 11 shall apply. Any such 27 unpaid or late paid contributions, together with 20% liquidated damages and 10% per annum 28 interest accrued on the combined total of contributions and liquidated damages, shall be added to -4FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC 1 and become a part of this Judgment and subject to the terms herein. No waiver of liquidated 2 damages incurred on unpaid or late paid monthly contributions herein shall apply. Plaintiffs 3 reserve all rights available under the applicable Bargaining Agreement and Declarations of Trust 4 of the Trust Funds for collection of current and future contributions, and for any additional past 5 contributions not included herein as may be determined by Plaintiffs, pursuant to employee 6 timecards or paystubs, by audit, or other means, and the provisions of this agreement are in 7 addition thereto. Defendants specifically waive the defense of the doctrine res judicata as to any 8 such additional amounts determined as due. 9 9. Defendants shall make full disclosure of all jobs on which it is working by 10 providing Plaintiffs with an ongoing and updated list of jobs including, but not limited to, name 11 and address of job, general contractor, certified payroll if a public works job, and time period 12 worked or to be worked. Defendants shall fax said updated list each month together with the 13 contribution report (as required by 7 of this Stipulation) to Michele R. Stafford at 415-88214 9287. Failure to provide this information within seven (7) days of Plaintiffs' request shall constitute 15 a default under the terms of this agreement. 16 10. Bart Kennon Jones acknowledges that he is the Owner/President of Performance 17 Compaction aka Performance Compaction Rentals, and an Officer of JWT General Engineering, 18 Inc.; and that he is personally guaranteeing all amounts to be paid in connection with this 19 Stipulation. He further acknowledges that he is authorized to execute this Stipulation on behalf of 20 JWT General Engineering, Inc. and has full authority to bind the company. He agrees that all 21 successors in interest to JWT General Engineering, Inc. and Performance Compaction aka 22 Performance Compaction Rentals, as well as any assigns, affiliated entities and purchasers, shall 23 be contractually bound by the terms of this Stipulation. This shall include any additional entities 24 in which Bart Kennon Jones is an officer, owner or possesses any ownership interest. All such 25 entities shall specifically consent to the terms herein and to the Court's jurisdiction, in writing at 26 the time of any assignment, affiliation or purchase. 27 11. In the event that Defendants or Guarantor fail to make any payment required under -5FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC 28 4 above, or fails to remain current in any contributions under 7 above, then: 1 (a) The entire amount of $233,259.64, plus interest, reduced by principal 2 payments received by Plaintiffs, but increased by any unpaid contributions then due, plus 15% 3 liquidated damages and 12% per annum interest thereon, shall be immediately due, together with 4 any additional attorneys' fees and costs as referenced herein. 5 (b) A Writ of Execution may be obtained against Defendants/Guarantor without 6 further notice, in the amount of the unpaid balance, plus any additional amounts under the terms 7 herein, upon declaration by a duly authorized representative of the Plaintiffs setting forth any 8 payment theretofore made by or on behalf of Defendants/Guarantor and the balance due and 9 owing as of the date of default. Defendants/Guarantor specifically consent to the authority of a 10 Magistrate Judge for all proceedings, including, but not limited to, Plaintiffs' obtaining a Writ of 11 Execution herein. 12 (c) Defendants/Guarantor waive any notice of Plaintiffs' Request for Entry of 13 Judgment or hearing thereon, and of Plaintiffs' Request for a Writ of Execution, and expressly 14 waive all rights to stay of execution and appeal. The declaration or affidavit of a duly authorized 15 representative of Plaintiffs as to the balance due and owing as of the date of default shall be 16 sufficient to secure the issuance of a Writ of Execution, without notice to Defendants/Guarantor. 17 (d) Defendants/Guarantor shall pay all additional attorneys' fees and costs 18 incurred by Plaintiffs in connection with collection and allocation of the amounts owed by 19 Defendants/Guarantor to Plaintiffs under this Stipulation, regardless of whether a default occurs 20 herein. 21 12. Any failure on the part of the Plaintiffs to take any action against 22 Defendants/Guarantor as provided herein in the event of any breach of the provisions of this 23 Stipulation shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach by the Defendants/Guarantor of 24 any provisions herein. 25 13. In the event of the filing of a bankruptcy petition by the Defendants/Guarantor, the 26 parties agree that any payments made pursuant to the terms of this Judgment, shall be deemed to 27 have been made in the ordinary course of business as provided under 11 U.S.C. Section 547(c)(2) 28 -6FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC 1 and shall not be claimed by Defendants/Guarantor as a preference under 11 U.S.C. Section 547 or 2 otherwise. Defendants/Guarantor nevertheless represents that no bankruptcy filing is anticipated. 3 14. Should any provision of this Stipulation be declared or determined by any court of 4 competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable, the legality, validity, and 5 enforceability of the remaining parts, terms or provisions shall not be affected thereby and said 6 illegal, unenforceable or invalid part, term, or provision shall be deemed not to be part of this 7 Stipulation. 8 15. This Stipulation is limited to the agreement between the parties with respect to the 9 delinquent contributions and related sums enumerated herein, owed by Defendants/Guarantor to 10 the Plaintiffs. This Stipulation does not in any manner relate to withdrawal liability claims, if any. 11 Defendants/Guarantor acknowledge that the Plaintiffs expressly reserve their right to pursue 12 withdrawal liability claims, if any, against Defendants/Guarantor as provided by the Plaintiffs' Plan 13 Documents, Trust Agreements incorporated into their Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the 14 law. 15 16. This Stipulation contains all of the terms agreed by the parties and no other 16 agreements have been made. Any changes to this Stipulation shall be effective only if made in 17 writing and signed by all parties hereto. 18 17. This Stipulation may be executed in any number of counterparts and by facsimile, 19 each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which shall constitute the same instrument. 20 18. The parties agree that the Court shall retain jurisdiction of this matter until this 21 Judgment is satisfied. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 // // // // // // // -7FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC 1 19. Defendants and Guarantor each represent and warrant that they have had the 2 opportunity to be or have been represented by counsel of their own choosing in connection with 3 entering this Stipulation under the terms and conditions set forth herein, that they have read this 4 Agreement with case and are fully aware of and represent that they enter into this Stipulation 5 voluntarily and without duress. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 By.: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 IT IS SO ORDERED 26 Dated: _________________, 2010 27 28 -8FIRST AMENDED JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO STIPULATION Case No.: C09-5198 SI P:\CLIENTS\OE3CL\JWT Engineering\Pleadings\First Amended Judgment Pursuant to Stipulation 072110.DOC Dated: August 9, 2010 JWT GENERAL ENGINEERING, INC. By: /S/Bart Jones Bart Jones, Officer PERFORMANCE COMPACTION aka PERFORMANCE COMPACTION RENTALS Dated: August 9, 2010 By: /S/Bart Kennon Jones Bart Kennon Jones, Owner/President BART KENNON JONES Dated: August 9, 2010 /S/Bart Kennon Jones Individually, as Personal Guarantor Dated: August 9, 2010 OPERATING ENGINEERS TRUST FUNDS /S/David Hayner David Hayner, Collections Manager SALTZMAN AND JOHNSON LAW CORPORATION Dated: August 9, 2010 By: /S/Michele R. Stafford Michele R. Stafford Attorneys for Plaintiffs _______________________________________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

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