Secretary of Labor, United States Department of Labor v. Garrow et al
ORDER denying without prejudice 9 Motion for Taxation of Costs. The Second Report and Fee Application of Costs and Expenses of the Successor Fiduciary of the IAQ, Inc. 401K Plan. The Successor Fiduciary, Jeanne Barnes Bryant, may refile an amended Second Report and Fee Application of Costs and Expenses of the Successor Fiduciary of the IAQ, Inc. 401K Plan by August 1, 2014. Signed by Judge Sheri Polster Chappell on 7/25/2014. (LMF)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
FORT MYERS DIVISION
THOMAS E. PEREZ, Secretary of
Labor, United States Department of
Case No: 2:14-cv-67-FtM-38CM
GAIL GARROW, individually, IAQ,
INC., and IAQ, INC. 401(K) PLAN,
This matter comes before the Court on the Second Report and Fee Application of
Costs and Expenses of the Successor Fiduciary of the IAQ, Inc. 401K Plan (Doc. #9) filed
on July 10, 2014.
On February 4, 2014, Plaintiff Secretary of Labor brought this action pursuant to
the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1001, et. seq.,
alleging Defendants IAQ, Inc. and Gail Barrow breached their fiduciary duties with respect
to the IAQ, Inc. 401(k) plan (hereinafter the "Plan"). The parties reached a settlement on
February 10, 2014 (Doc. #3), to which the Court issued a Consent Judgment and Order
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(Doc. #5) on February 11, 2014. In that Order, the Court appointed Jeanne Barnes Bryant
as the successor fiduciary of the Plan ("Successor Fiduciary") and directed Defendant
Garrow to pay all reasonable costs, fees, and expenses associated with the Successor
Before receiving payment, the Court requires the
Successor Fiduciary to submit an invoice(s) for any costs, fees, and expenses incurred.
(Doc. #5). If no party or the Court objects to the invoice within 15 days of it being served,
Defendant Garrow must pay that invoice in full. (Doc. #5 at 4).
The Successor Fiduciary has submitted for fees and expenses totaling $2,845.17
that were incurred between April 1, 2014, and June 30, 2014, (Doc. #9). In support, the
Successor Fiduciary attaches a schedule of the hourly rates for her and contract staff at
Receivership Management, Inc. and expense summaries and time sheets (Doc. #9-2).
The Court, however, objects to the accuracy of the Successor Fiduciary's requested fees.
According to the Successor Fiduciary's invoices, she seeks $1,095.00 in fees for April 1,
2014 to June 30, 2014. (Doc. #9-2). That amount, however, includes $315.00 in fees for
the Successor Fiduciary's services between February 11, 2014 and February 17, 2014.
(Doc. #9-2 at 3). The Successor Fiduciary offers no explanation as to why she has
included those fees; and the Court has already granted her fees and costs from February
2014 through March 2014 (Doc. #8).
Accordingly, it is
The Second Report and Fee Application of Costs and Expenses of the Successor
Fiduciary of the IAQ, Inc. 401K Plan (Doc. #9) is DENIED without prejudice. The
Successor Fiduciary, Jeanne Barnes Bryant, may refile an amended Second Report and
Fee Application of Costs and Expenses of the Successor Fiduciary of the IAQ, Inc. 401K
Plan by August 1, 2014.
DONE and ORDERED in Fort Myers, Florida this 25th day of July, 2014.
Copies: All Parties of Record
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