Bay Area Painters and Tapers Pension Trust Fund et al v. Perse Construction Company et al

Filing 25

ORDER re 24 MOTION to Continue DEADLINE TO FILE MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER and DATE OF COMPLAINCE HEARING filed by Bay Area Painters and Tapers Pension Trust Fund. Deadline to file Motion for Default Judgment continued to 6/25/12. Compliance Hearing continued to 7/13/2012 at 09:01 AM before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 5/23/12. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/23/2012)

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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 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 BAY AREA PAINTERS AND TAPERS PENSION TRUST FUND, and its JOINT 11 BOARD OF TRUSTEES; LES PROTEAU and CHARLES DEL MONTE, TRUSTEES, 12 Plaintiffs, 13 v. 14 PERSE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, a 15 California corporation; and SEYED AMIR HOSSEIN ABBASI, individually, 16 Defendants. 17 Case No.: C11-5508 YGR REQUEST TO CONTINUE DEADLINE TO FILE MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER [docket #22]; AND DATE OF COMPLIANCE HEARING; DECLARATION OF MICHELE R. STAFFORD IN SUPPORT THEREOF; ORDER RE SAME Date(s): Time(s): Location: Judge: May 24, 2012; June 8, 2012 N/A; 9:01 a.m. 1301 Clay Street Oakland, California 94612 Yvonne Gonzales Rogers 18 19 Plaintiffs respectfully request that the deadline to file a Motion for Default Judgment, and 20 the date set for a Compliance Hearing (June 8, 2012) both be continued for approximately thirty 21 (30) days, as follows: 22 1. On April 24, 2012, this Court issued an Order of Reference and Setting Compliance 23 Conference [docket #22], ordering Plaintiffs to file a Motion for Default Judgment within thirty 24 (30) days of the date of that Order. 25 2. The initial Complaint was filed for delinquent contributions owed for the months of 26 June and September, 2011. Shortly after the Complaint was filed and served, Defendants 27 submitted the missing reports, and paid contributions reported as due for these months. In 28 addition to what was due for June and September, 2011, Defendants had been audited by the Trust 1 Fund. There was overlap between what was found as owed on audit, and what was subsequently 2 reported by Defendants. Accordingly, the Trust Fund had to analyze both the audit and 3 contribution reports, breaking it down by hour, by employee, comparing the hours found due on 4 audit to what was actually reported. Unfortunately, Defendants had erroneously reported 5 September, 2011 hours, sending a Southern California report to the Northern California Trust 6 Fund office. As expected, there was confusion regarding allocation of what was found on audit, 7 what was reported, what was paid and what ultimately should have been due to the Northern 8 California Trust Funds. 9 3. While waiting for the Trust Fund office to complete their internal audit and 10 allocation, Plaintiffs corresponded with Defendants to pay the amounts that were known to be due, 11 including liquidated damages, interest, fees and costs. At that time, Defendants refused (and still 12 apparently refuse) to pay the remainder due, despite repeated demands. 13 4. To complicate things further, during the time that the review and allocation was 14 taking place, Defendants erroneously paid May 2011 contributions again in December 2011 (thus 15 paying that month twice), therefore pursuant to Trust Fund policy, the balance submitted was 16 posted as a credit. 17 5. Defendants thereafter incurred additional shortages for the subsequent months; 18 therefore the credit was reduced by the shortages. 19 6. The original audit revealed $2,319.19 due in under-paid contributions for the period 20 of March 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011. This amount was later reduced, once it became 21 clear that the September 2011 hours were for Southern California members, and thus were not due 22 to the Northern California Trust Funds; and reduced AGAIN as a payment was made for June 23 2011 once the lawsuit was filed. A portion of the credit on Defendants’ account (see paragraph 4 24 above) was then applied to the audit to pay off the remaining balance due. The audit was thus 25 resolved. 26 7. While this was occurring, Defendants became further delinquent by failing to report 27 or pay contributions due for January through March 2012. Plaintiffs are still in the process of 28 calculating the remaining balance of the credit to ensure that the funds are allocated correctly to 1 the balances due (including additional contributions now due, plus liquidated damages, interest 2 and attorney’s fees and costs) before preparing a Motion for Default Judgment. 3 8. Due to Defendants’ repeated misreporting and / or double payments, the review and 4 allocation has taken longer than expected. Plaintiffs do not want to rush to file the Motion to meet 5 the Court’s deadline, as the final credit allocation is incomplete, and Plaintiffs want to ensure that 6 the amounts claimed due are fully updated and accurate. 7 9. Therefore, Plaintiffs respectfully request that the Court continue the deadline to file 8 a Motion for Default Judgment for thirty (30) days, and further extend the date set for the 9 Compliance hearing for thirty (30) days to allow sufficient time for the fund administrator to 10 calculate and confirm the amount of the credit on Defendants’ account and Plaintiffs to prepare 11 and file a Motion for Default Judgment. Plaintiffs will file the Motion as soon as the administrator 12 finishes the calculations, and will most certainly have the Motion on file within the thirty (30) 13 days requested. Plaintiffs appreciate the Court’s consideration of this request. 14 I declare under penalty of perjury that I am the attorney for the Plaintiffs in the above- 15 entitled action, and that the foregoing is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Executed this 22nd day of May, 2012 at San Francisco, California. SALTZMAN & JOHNSON LAWCORPORATION By: ___________/s/________________ Michele R. Stafford Attorneys for Plaintiffs ORDER 1 2 The deadline to file a Motion for Default Judgment in this action is hereby continued to 3 Monday, June 25, 2012; and the Compliance Hearing is hereby continued to Friday, July 13, 2012. 4 If compliance is not complete, Plaintiffs shall file a one page statement, no less than five (5) 5 business days prior, setting forth their explanation regarding the failure to comply. 6 7 Dated: May 23, 2012 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ____________________________________ YVONNE GONZALEZ ROGERS UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

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