Li et al v. Waveland Ventures LLC et al
ORDER that Li Plaintiffs' "Motion for this Court to (i) find Colorado Regional Center I LLC ("CRCI") in Contempt for Violating Court Orders that No One Has the Power to Act for Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP ("CRCPS") and (ii) issuing a Stay on Any Further Actions by CRCI on Behalf of CRCPS" (ECF No. 406 ) is DENIED, by Judge Raymond P. Moore on 9/7/2021.(evana, )
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Raymond P. Moore
Civil Action No. 19-cv-02443-RM-STV
Consolidated with 19-cv-2637-RM-STV
Hsin-Yi Wu, and Qi Qin,
in their capacity as limited partners of
Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP,
Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP,
Hsin-Yi Wu, Jun Li, Qi Qin, Yi Liu, Jie Yang, Yuquan Ni,
Zhongzao Shi, Fang Sheng, Shunli Shao, Kaiyuan Wu,
Zhijian Wu, Zhongwei Li, Sa Wu, Fan Zhang, Lin Qiao,
Jinge Hu, Rujun Liu, Ying Xu, Lu Li, Cao Xiaolong,
and Yuwei Dong,
Colorado Regional Center LLC,
Colorado Regional Center I, LLC,
Solaris Property Owner LLC,
Solaris Property Owner I LLC,
Peter Knobel, and
Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP, and
all principals and ultimate owners of business entities pursuant to
piercing of the limited liability veil,
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This matter is before the Court on Li Plaintiffs’ “Motion for this Court to (i) find
Colorado Regional Center I LLC (“CRCI”) in Contempt for Violating Court Orders that No One
Has the Power to Act for Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP (“CRCPS”) and (ii)
issuing a Stay on Any Further Actions by CRCI on Behalf of CRCPS” (the “Motion”) (ECF No.
406). The Court finds no response is required before ruling. See D.C.COLO.LCivR7.1(d). After
reviewing the Motion, and the court record, and being otherwise fully advised, the Court finds
and orders as follows.1
Court’s Authority/Jurisdiction. To start, Li Plaintiffs allege Colorado Regional Center I
(“CRC I”), the general partner of Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP (“CRCPS”) is
in civil contempt of orders2 which they (and Cui Plaintiffs) have appealed and challenged as
erroneous. It should go without saying that Li Plaintiffs’ position seeking to have the Court
enforce such orders is incompatible with their position that such orders are wrong. Regardless,
the pendency of the appeals on such orders raises an issue as to the Court’s authority to rule on
the Motion seeking civil contempt, which Li Plaintiffs do not address in their Motion. Moreover,
even if the Court has authority, Li Plaintiffs fail to address whether they have standing to seek a
Li Plaintiffs’ Standing. Li Plaintiffs rely on that portion of the March 2, 2021 Order (the
“Order on Motion for Receiver”) which addressed Cui Plaintiffs’ Motion for Appointment of
Receiver.3 The Order on Motion for Receiver involved whether a receiver should be appointed
for CRCPS because of an apparent impasse between the parties as to who can act on behalf of
The Court assumes the reader is familiar with the extensive history which precedes this Order.
Li Plaintiffs reference ECF No. 271 and No. 332. ECF No. 332 is the transcript of a hearing before the Court
where it did not answer a question (“Who runs the company [CRCPS]?”) posed by Li Plaintiffs. That the Court did
not answer does not somehow render its silence to be an order.
ECF No. 271, pp. 45, 48.
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CRCPS. Li Plaintiffs, however, were not parties to that motion; therefore, a question is raised as
to whether they have standing to seek a civil contempt for the alleged violation of the Order on
Motion for Appointment. See, e.g., Hill v. Warsewa, 947 F.3d 1305, 1309 (10th Cir. 2020)
(discussing prudential standing); Field v. Hous. Auth. of Cook Cty., No. 17-CV-02044, 2018 WL
3831513, at *9 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 13, 2018) (“[O]nly plaintiffs who were party to the underlying suit
or the intended beneficiary of the injunction can enforce an injunction.”). Regardless, even if Li
Plaintiffs could show standing, they fail to show CRC I has violated, or is violating, the Order on
Motion for Receiver.
No Violation Has Occurred. As stated, Li Plaintiffs seek a civil contempt against CRC I
– they seek an order to show cause as to why CRC I should not be held in contempt for
disobeying the Order on Motion for Receiver.
Sanctions for civil contempt may only be imposed for either or both of the following
remedial purposes: “(1) to compel or coerce obedience to a court order, and (2) to compensate
the contemner’s adversary for injuries resulting from the contemner’s noncompliance.”
O’Connor v. Midwest Pipe Fabrications, Inc., 972 F.2d 1204, 1211 (10th Cir. 1992) (quotation
marks, ellipsis, and citation omitted). A party seeking a contempt order bears the burden to
establish, by clear and convincing evidence, that “ a valid court order existed,  that the
defendant had knowledge of the order, and  that the defendant disobeyed the order.” Reliance
Ins. Co. v. Mast Const. Co., 159 F.3d 1311, 1315 (10th Cir. 1998).
Li Plaintiffs assert that CRC I is allegedly engaged in all kinds of activities on behalf of
CRCPS. Their request for sanctions is premised on the assertion that this Court ruled that “no
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one can act for CRCPS.”4 Not so, especially when the Court’s orders are viewed in context. As
the Court’s Order on Motion for Receiver stated:
[A]t issue is who should run CRCPS. As a limited liability limited partnership,
CRCPS requires a general partner in order to function. And, here, Plaintiffs claim
to have removed CRC I as general partner while CRC I contends it is still the
general partner. That issue remains unresolved.
(Italics added.5) Thus, the Court did not rule, or order, that CRC I could not act on behalf of
CRCPS. See Tyler v. City of Manhattan, 118 F.3d 1400, 1403 (10th Cir. 1997) (“the district court
is in the best position to interpret its pretrial order”); Burton v. Johnson, 975 F.2d 690, 693 (10th
Cir. 1992) (“This court is vested with the authority to interpret its own mandate.”); Patterson v.
Apfel, 1999 WL 1032973, at *4, 198 F.3d 258 (10th Cir. 1999) (unpublished table decision)
(“the court issuing a mandate governing further proceedings is in the best position to interpret the
scope of that mandate” (citations omitted)).
Concurrent with resolving the Motion for Appointment of Receiver, the Court resolved
Li Plaintiffs’ Motion to Dismiss CRC I’s counterclaim for declaratory relief.6 That resolution
also shows no determination was made as to who could or could not act.
In the counterclaim, CRC I alleged that “[w]ithout a determination as to whether CRC I
was properly removed, the parties will continue to dispute who has the legal authority to manage
and direct CRCPS and its counsel.”7 Thus, CRC I sought a declaration that no cause existed to
remove CRC I as the general partner of CRCPS and that it has the authority to manage and direct
CRCPS. Li Plaintiffs’ Motion to Dismiss sought to dismiss the counterclaim and an order
ECF No. 406, p. 2.
ECF No. 271, p. 48.
CRC I voluntarily dismissed, without prejudice, its counterclaim subsequent to the Court’s order resolving Li
Plaintiffs’ Motion to Dismiss. (ECF No. 290.)
ECF No. 204, Counterclaim, p. 41 at ¶ 62.
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“declaring general partner removed instanter.”8 The Court, however, issued no such declaration.
Instead, it found “the parties’ arguments show there is a justiciable controversy over the issue of
whether CRI I has been or can be properly removed under the facts and circumstances and the
procedures Li Plaintiffs used (all of which are currently not established and in dispute).”9
In summary, the Court did not decide who could act or who could not act. That issue
remains unresolved. Thus, CRC I is not and cannot be in violation of this Court’s orders.10 It
follows that no show cause order shall enter and no stay/injunction shall issue against CRC I
pending resolution of the appeals. It is therefore
ORDERED that Li Plaintiffs’ “Motion for this Court to (i) find Colorado Regional
Center I LLC (“CRCI”) in Contempt for Violating Court Orders that No One Has the Power to
Act for Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP (“CRCPS”) and (ii) issuing a Stay on
Any Further Actions by CRCI on Behalf of CRCPS” (ECF No. 406) is DENIED.
DATED this 7th day of September, 2021.
BY THE COURT:
RAYMOND P. MOORE
United States District Judge
ECF No. 208, p. 1.
ECF No. 271, p. 44.
Li Plaintiffs start with requesting relief against CRC I but close with seeking relief against CRC Defendants and
their counsel. They, however, also fail to set forth any basis for relief against other CRC Defendants or their counsel.
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