KINNAN et al v. ADVANCED PLANNING SECURITIES INC

Filing 16

ORDER - Relief requested by Plaintiffs' Motion to Confirm Arbitration Award and Memorandum in Support 13 is granted. Plaintiffs shall comply with the requirements of Local Rule 54.1(E). Signed by JUDGE RICHARD SMOAK on 7/15/2009. (jcw)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PENSACOLA DIVISION THOMAS E. KINNAN and BRENDA H. KINNAN, Plaintiffs, vs. ADVANCED PLANNING SECURITIES, INC., Defendant. _________________________________________/ ORDER Before me are Plaintiffs' Motion to Confirm Arbitration Award and Memorandum in Support (Doc. 13), Plaintiffs' Motion for Determination of Entitlement to Attorneys' Fees and Memorandum in Support (Doc. 14), and Defendant's response (Doc. 15). Plaintiff moves for confirmation of the arbitration award pursuant to Fla. Stat. 682.12 (2008). Defendant agrees to confirmation of the arbitrators' decision which holds Advanced Planning liable for compensatory damages, prejudgment interest, costs, and expert witness fees totaling in excess of $400,000. However, Defendant contends that there is no statutory or contractual basis to confirm the award of attorneys' fees. CASE NO. 3:08cv409-RS/MD Section 682.13, Florida Statutes, specifically states, "[T]he fact that the relief was such that it could not or would not be granted by a court of law or equity is not ground for vacating or refusing to confirm the award." Therefore, the arbitration award is confirmed in its entirety. IT IS ORDERED: 1. Relief requested by Plaintiffs' Motion to Confirm Arbitration Award and Memorandum in Support (Doc. 13) is granted. 2. Plaintiffs shall comply with the requirements of Local Rule 54.1(E). ORDERED on July 15, 2009. /S/ Richard Smoak RICHARD SMOAK UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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