Zurich American Insurance Company v. Staffing Concepts National, Inc. et al
ORDER granting 201 Motion to Compel Post-Judgment Discovery by Zurich American Insurance Company. See order for details. Signed by Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone on 10/10/2017. (BEE)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
ZURICH AMERICAN INSURANCE
Case No: 8:14-cv-775-T-23AAS
STAFFING CONCEPTS NATIONAL INC. et
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Post-Judgment Discovery (Doc. 201) and
Defendants’ response thereto (Doc. 214).1
On June 23, 2017, following a five day trial, the jury entered verdicts in favor of Plaintiff
Zurich American Insurance Company and against Defendants Leasing Resources of America 2,
Inc., Leasing Resources of America 3, Inc., Leasing Resources of America 4, Inc., LRA Global
HR, Inc., LRA HR Outsourcing, Inc., and G&S Leasing Group VI, Inc. f/k/a Leasing Resources
of America 5, Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) in the aggregate amount of over $9 million. (Doc.
On July 21, 2017, this Court entered judgments in accordance with the jury’s verdicts.
On August 9, 2017, Plaintiff issued post-judgment document requests,
Defendants Leasing Resources of America 2, Inc., Leasing Resources of America 3, Inc.,
Leasing Resources of America 4, Inc., LRA Global HR, Inc., LRA HR Outsourcing, Inc.’s
Response in Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel (Doc. 214) was adopted by Defendant
G&S Leasing Group VI, Inc. f/k/a Leasing Resources of America 5, Inc. (Docs. 215, 216).
interrogatories, and deposition notices to Defendants. (Doc. 201-1, -2, -4). To date, Defendants
have not responded to the post-judgment discovery. On August 18, 2017, Defendants filed
renewed motions for judgment as a matter of law or, alternatively, for a new trial. (Docs. 184,
On September 18, 2017, Plaintiff filed the instant Motion to Compel Post-Judgment
Discovery requesting that this Court enter an Order requiring that Defendants produce documents,
information, and representatives responsive to Plaintiff’s post-judgment discovery requests and
deposition notices. (Doc. 201). On October 2, 2017, Defendants filed a Response in Opposition
to Plaintiff’s Motion, arguing that no post-judgment discovery should go forward until after the
Court rules on their pending post-trial motions. (Doc. 214). Accordingly, this matter is ripe for
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 62, there is a 14-day automatic stay on
execution of the judgments. The Court entered the judgments on July 21, 2017 (Docs. 171-178);
therefore, the automatic stay in this action expired on August 4, 2017. Following the automatic
stay, a judgment creditor, in aid of the judgment or execution, is permitted to “obtain discovery
from any person—including the judgment debtor—as provided in these rules or by the procedure
of the state where the court is located.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 69.
Under Rule 62, post-trial motions do not stay discovery unless “[o]n appropriate terms for
the opposing party’s security.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 62(b). Although the court has broad discretion,
“normally the party seeking a stay is required to post a bond sufficient to protect fully the
prevailing party’s interest in the judgment.” Cont’l Cas. Co. v. First Fin. Emp. Leasing, No. 8:08cv-2372-T-27TGW, 2010 WL 5421337, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 27, 2010) (internal quotations and
citations omitted). “The burden is on the party requesting a stay to demonstrate why a bond should
not be required under Rule 62(b).” Id. (citation omitted). To satisfy this burden, Defendants “must
show that, in the absence of standard security, Plaintiff will be properly secured against the risk
that Defendant[s] will be less able to satisfy the judgment after disposition of the post-trial
motions.” Id. (citation omitted).
Here, Defendants have failed to address the general requirement that they must post
security to stay proceedings under Rule 62(b)(4). Defendants’ sole argument in opposition to
Plaintiff’s motion is that, pursuant to state law, post-judgment discovery should not go forward
until after the Court rules on their pending post-trial motions. The Court disagrees. Where, as
here, a stay has not been issued and security has not been posted, the judgment creditor may seek
post-judgement discovery. See Am. Home Assur. Co. v. Weaver Aggregate Transp., Inc., 298
F.R.D. 692, 693 (M.D. Fla. 2014) (applying Florida law in conjunction with Rules 62 and 69 of
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure); Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Beemer & Assocs. XLVII, L.L.C.,
No. 3:10-cv-576-J-32JBT, 2014 WL 5038333, at *3 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 25, 2014).
Accordingly, and for the reasons stated herein, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion to
Compel Post-Judgment Discovery (Doc. 201) is GRANTED. Defendants shall respond to
Plaintiff’s post-judgment document requests and interrogatories no later than October 31, 2017.
Further, in conformity with Section II.A.1 of the Court’s Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice,
counsel shall work together to schedule the requested post-judgment depositions on dates
agreeable to both sides. Each party shall bear their own fees and costs incurred in relation to this
motion. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(5).
DONE and ORDERED in Tampa, Florida on this 10th day of October, 2017.
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