Cook et al v. Toidze et al
RULING granting 145 Motion for Judgment. The court awards damages to plaintiffs in the amount of $689,348.25 and legal fees and costs in the amount of $207,356.14. Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 11/15/2011. (Oliver, T.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
PETER G. COOK, et al,
MAYA TOIDZE, et al.
CIVIL ACTION NO.
NOVEMBER 15, 2011
PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR ENTRY OF JUDGMENT
AGAINST DEFAULTED DEFENDANTS (DOC. NO. 145)
Pursuant to Rule 55(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, plaintiffs’
Motion for Entry of Judgment Against Defaulted Defendants Maya Toidze, Tim Toidze,
and Alexandre Ivankine (Doc. No. 145) is hereby GRANTED IN PART. Judgment shall
enter as follows:
DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
In their Substituted Complaint, plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief
against all defendants. See Substituted Compl. (Doc. No. 108) 28. In their Motion for
Entry of Judgment Against Defaulted Defendants, plaintiffs seek the same declarations
and permanent injunctions against defaulted defendants.1 See Mot. for Entry of J. (Doc.
No. 145) at 2. The declaratory and injunctive remedies sought in the Motion for Entry of
Judgment are SO ORDERED.
Alexandre Avroutine was a defendant in the Substituted Complaint, but the parties have since
entered a Joint Stipulation of Dismissal as to Avroutine, and he is therefore not among the defaulted
defendants against whom judgment is entered by this Ruling. See Joint Stipulation (Doc. No. 142).
To Peter Cook2
$160,000 for 8 membership units in Maya’s Meals, purchased in 2006
$625.56 for contribution after November 2006 capital call by Maya’s Meals
$67,500 for 2.5 membership units in Maya’s Meals purchased in 2007
$500 for 4.375 membership units in Maya’s Meals purchased in 2010
$1,936 for loans to Maya’s Meals made after November 2006
To Thea Duell3
$157,500 for loans to Moriland Foods converted to 9.25 membership units in
Maya’s Meals in February 2006
$196,666.67 for 9.5 membership units in Maya’s Meals purchased in 2006
$1,466.10 for contribution by Peter Cook on Duell’s behalf after November 2006
capital call by Maya’s Meals
To Aleksandar Milosavljevic-Cook5
$37,500 for loans to Moriland Foods converted to 2 membership units in Maya’s
Meals in February 2006
$60,000 for 3 membership units in Maya’s Meals purchased in February 2006
$390.92 for contribution by Peter Cook on Milosavljevic-Cook’s behalf after
November 2006 capital call by Maya’s Meals
See Pls.’ Supplemental Mem. in Support of Mot. for Entry of J. Against Defaulted Defs (Doc.
See Aff. of Thea Duell (Doc. No. 148).
In Ms. Duell’s Affidavit, the sum of these figures is two cents lower. See Aff. of Thea Duell at
See Aff. of Aleksandar Milosavljevic-Cook (Doc. No. 149).
To Plaintiffs for Third-Party Decision-Maker6
$5,263 for plaintiffs’ share of payments to third-party decision-maker
Therefore, the total compensatory damages amount awarded to plaintiffs is
Further, the court awards the legal fees and expenses to which plaintiffs are
entitled based on the defaulted claims of fraud. See O’Leary v. Industrial Park, 211
Conn. 648, 652 (1989) (“[A]ttorney’s fees may be awarded as a component of punitive
damages. Punitive damages may be awarded upon a showing of fraud.”). Plaintiffs
engaged the Fairfield County office of the law firm Day Pitney LLP, where Richard
Colbert and other attorneys and legal professionals worked on this matter from 2007 to
the present. See Supplemental Aff. of Richard P. Colbert, Esq. (Doc. No. 152-1).
Attorney Colbert billed plaintiffs at his standard rates, which increased incrementally
from $410 per hour in 2007 to $510 per hour in 2011. Other time keepers billed at
various rates. The court finds that these constitute reasonable rates for commercial
litigation in Fairfield County. Attorney Colbert has submitted a sworn Affidavit to the
court, documenting legal fees totaling $205,172.09. 8 The court awards that amount in
See Aff. of Peter G. Cook (Doc. No. 147) at 6.
This total is $50.02 more than the total listed in Cook’s Affidavit. See Aff. of Peter G. Cook at 6.
In a subsequent filing, Mr. Cook acknowledges that the total in Cook’s Affidavit was $50 too low. See
Pls.’ Supplemental Mem. in Support of Mot. for Entry of Judgment at 5 n.3. The remaining two cent
difference is due to the different calculation explained above. See supra n.4.
See Supplemental Aff. of Richard P. Colbert, Esq. at 7, n.7 (explaining that some attorney’s
fees and costs have been written off by the law firm).
The plaintiffs seek $4,206.08 in costs. Included in this sum are statutory costs
which will be awarded by the clerk: filing fees of $1,202.65 and marshal fees of $310.00.
See Local Rule Civ. P. 54(c)(1). The court views the following costs as overhead and
covered by the hourly rates allows, and disallows them as not reasonable: Automated
Document ($28); Beverage Charges ($3); Facsimile ($171); Postage ($174.16); and
Teleconference Calls ($8.69). The court also disallows “services rendered” ($124.53)
because the court does not know what this “cost” is. Thus, the court awards legal fees
to plaintiffs in the amount of $205,172.09 and costs in the amount of $2,184.05.
For the reasons discussed above, the plaintiffs’ Motion for Entry of Judgment
Against Defaulted Defendants is GRANTED. The court awards damages to plaintiffs in
the amount of $689,348.25 and legal fees and costs in the amount of $207,356.14.
Dated at Bridgeport, Connecticut this 15th day of November, 2011.
/s/ Janet C. Hall
Janet C. Hall
United States District Judge
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