BEASLEY et al In re 2020 MERCURY NITRO Z-18
ORDER OF PUBLICATION AND STAY granting 4 Motion to Stay; granting 4 Motion for Service by Publication. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE C ASHLEY ROYAL on 11/21/2022. (ggs)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
IN THE MATTER OF THE
COMPLAINT OF DAWN BEASLEY, :
et al, In re 2020 MERCURY
CASE NO. 3:22-CV-110 (CAR)
ORDER OF PUBLICATION AND STAY
Currently before the Court is Limitation Plaintiffs Dawn R. Beasley, and John D.
Beasley’s (hereinafter, the “Limitation Plaintiffs”) Motion for Publication and Stay [Doc.
4]. The Limitation Plaintiffs are owners of a 2020 Mercury Nitro Z-18 (Hull Identification
No.: BUJ50524B020, Georgia Registration No. GA5722EA, hereinafter, the “Limitation
Vessel”) in this action for exoneration from or limitation of liability arising from an
accident that occurred on or about May 22, 2022 on Lake Hartwell near Carters Ferry in
Hart County, Georgia (hereinafter, “the Accident”) during the Limitation Vessel’s voyage
on Lake Hartwell (hereinafter, the “Voyage”), as more fully set forth in the Limitation
Complaint [ECF No. 1]; and the Limitation Plaintiffs also stating the facts and
circumstances under which exoneration or limitation is claimed.
The Limitation Plaintiffs have tendered to this Court a Letter of Undertaking
(“LOU”) from Progressive Gulf Insurance Company in the amount of TWELVE
THOUSAND AND 00/100 DOLLARS ($12,000.00) (U.S.) in satisfaction of their
requirement to post security for the amount of their interest in the Limitation Vessel, as
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set forth in their Ad Interim Stipulation for Value [ECF No. 3] and ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS AND 00/100 ($1,000.00) (U.S.) for costs, as set forth in their Stipulation for
Costs [ECF No. 2].
NOW, on application of the Limitation Plaintiffs, by counsel, IT IS HEREBY
That the commencement or prosecution of any actions or suits of any nature
against either the Limitation Plaintiffs or the Limitation Vessel are enjoined; and further
prosecution of any actions heretofore commenced or to be commenced against the
Limitation Plaintiffs, or against property owned, operated or controlled by the Limitation
Plaintiffs, is enjoined; and any property heretofore attached under any such suit or action
should be and is freed from such attachment; and any bonds or stipulations heretofore
given for the release of any vessel or property of the Limitation Plaintiffs is released and
canceled; and the Clerk and/or U.S. Marshal of any Court in which any such property has
been attached is hereby commanded to restore the said property to the person or persons
having custody at the time of the said attachment, and no other suit, action or claim of
any nature shall be made or prosecuted against either the Limitation Plaintiffs or the
Limitation Vessel, or any property in which the Limitation Plaintiffs have an interest,
which arises by reason of the Accident except in the present proceeding and in
accordance with this and any other subsequent order of this Court, and all such other
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actions are hereby stayed and restrained until the hearing and determination of this
It is further ORDERED that the Clerk issue a Notice to all persons claiming
damages sustained or occasioned or incurred by or resulting from this Accident, or in
any way arising out of or in connection with the operation of the Limitation Vessel at or
near the time when the Accident occurred, admonishing them to file their respective
claims with the Clerk of the Court and to serve on or mail to counsel for the Limitation
Plaintiffs a copy thereof, or risk default, on or before January 20th, 2023, and subject to
the right of any person or persons to on controvert or question the same, with liberty also
to any person or persons claiming damages who shall have presented their claims to
answer the Complaint.
It is further ORDERED that notice be published in the Hartwell Sun once per week
for four (4) consecutive weeks before the return date of this Order, and that the Limitation
Plaintiffs shall, not later than the day of the second publication mail a copy of said notice
to every person known to have made or who may make a claim against the Limitation
Plaintiffs and/or the Limitation Vessel arising out of the Accident for which the claims
sought to be limited arose.
It is further ORDERED that service of this Order as a restraining order be made
within this District or Court by delivering a copy of this Order to the person or persons
to be restrained, or to his, her or their respective counsel or attorneys.
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SO ORDERED, this 21st day of November, 2022.
s/ C. Ashley Royal_________________
C. ASHLEY ROYAL, SENIOR JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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