GE Commercial Distribution Finance Corporation v. Stanwood Motorsports West, LLC
ORDER granting 4 Motion for TRO by Judge R. Brooke Jackson on 1/23/15.(jdyne, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge R. Brooke Jackson
Civil Action No 15-cv-00158-RBJ
GE COMMERCIAL DISTRIBUTION FINANCE CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation,
STANWOOD MOTORSPORTS WEST, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company,
Plaintiff (referred to in the plaintiff’s papers as “CDF”) requests immediate, ex parte
relief in the form of a “temporary order to preserve property” pursuant to Colorado Rule of Civil
Procedure 104(f) (incorporated by Fed. R. Civ. P. 64) or a temporary restraining order pursuant
to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(b).
Briefly, CDF alleges that in February 2010 it entered into a floorplan financing
agreement with the defendant (referred to in the plaintiff’s papers as “Dealer”), essentially to
provide the funds need by Dealer to purchase snowmobiles and other powersports inventory for
sale to the public. The inventory purchased with the loan proceeds collateralized the loan.
Dealer was required to repay the loan through the proceeds of sales of the inventory.
In October 2014, as the result of an inspection of Dealer’s facility in Silverthorne,
Colorado, CDF determined that Dealer had sold nearly $63,000 of inventory “out of trust,”
meaning that it had not remitted sales proceeds to CDF as required. On October 14, 2014 CDF
sent a default notice giving Dealer 10 days to cure the default or CDF would terminate the
agreement and accelerate the remaining indebtedness due. CDF alleges that the default was not
cured, and CDF notified Dealer if termination and acceleration as promised. CDF allowed
Dealer to remain in possession of the collateral in order to liquidate what remained. However,
by January 7, 2015, believing that Dealer had not made any substantial payments towards its
debt or provide a feasible repayment schedule, CDF gave Dealer until January 14, 2015 remit
payments received and surrender remaining inventory. CDF alleges that January 14, 2015 came
and went without remission of payments or surrender of collateral.
CDF alleges that the outstanding debt, including principal, interest and charges, is at least
$302,013.80. It filed the present suit on January 22, 2014 seeking an order of replevin under
state law with respect to the collateral, reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.
It appears that Dealer has not been informed of the existence of the lawsuit or the pending
request for immediate temporary relief. It justifies this lack of notice on the basis that if Dealer
becomes aware of the suit before being restrained, it will have the incentive and opportunity to
conceal, sell, or otherwise dispose of the remaining collateral before CDF can present the merits
of its claim.
Under the state procedure, a court may issue a show cause order and set a hearing, but the
order must have been served at least seven days prior to the hearing. The court can issue such
other temporary orders as may be necessary for the preservation of the rights of the parties and
the status of the property. C.R.C.P. 104(f). Under federal rule 65(b), the court may issue a
temporary restraining order without notice upon a clear showing of irreparable harm and
counsel’s written certification of his efforts to give notice and the reasons why it should not be
The Court does not, of course, know whether Dealer would, in fact, dispose of inventory
to frustrate CDF’s claims if it were aware of the suit and were not restrained. However, the
Court finds that the Complaint and its exhibits, and the Affidavit of Timothy Hoffman and its
exhibits, are provide a sufficient showing of a motive for such actions, and irreparable harm, to
justify a very short restraining order. Accordingly, the motion [ECF No. 4] is granted. The
defendant is restrained from selling or otherwise removing or compromising the inventory
collateral until the parties can be heard. The order will be effective upon plaintiff’s posting of an
appropriate bond in the amount of $493,900. However, the Court further orders that plaintiff
take immediate steps after posting the bond to notify the defendant, and that plaintiff contact
Chambers and set a hearing to occur on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning of next
week (January 28, 29 or 30, 2015), at which time both parties may be heard. The temporary
order will expire in the absence of such a hearing.
DATED this 23rd day of January, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
R. Brooke Jackson
United States District Judge
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