Keller et al v. Sentinel Offender Services, LLC,
ORDER STAYING CASE pending the resolution of similar issues in Brinson. The Court will defer ruling on Defendant's 19 Motion to Dismiss and Plaintiff's 39 Motion to Certify. Signed by Chief Judge Lisa G. Wood on 2/8/2017. (ca)
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CHESTER L. KELLER, III,
SHELLIE K. REAVES a/k/a
SHELLIE KELLER, WYNDEL
HERNDON, JR., and all other
persons similarly situated.
SENTINEL OFFENDER SERVICES,
While Defendant's Motion to Dismiss, dkt. no. 19, was
pending before this Court, Plaintiff filed a Motion to Certify
Questions of State Law to the Supreme Court of Georgia with a
supporting brief, dkt. no. 39.
The Court takes notice of Brinson v. Providence Community
Corrections, No. 16-11538 (11th Cir.) (Oral Argument held Jan.
25, 2017), which is on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit.^
appeal addresses some of the same or similar issues presented in
this motion to dismiss.
Additionally, the Appellant in Brinson
^ Attorney for Plaintiff is also the attorney for Appellant in
has moved the Eleventh Circuit to certify to the Georgia Supreme
Court the same or similar questions Plaintiff moves this Court
dkt. no. 31.
Compare Dkt. No. 39 with Brinson, No. 16-11538,
In order to avoid inconsistent rulings from this
Court, the Eleventh Circuit and/or the Georgia Supreme Court,
the parties have consented to a stay of this case pending the
Eleventh Circuit's decision in Brinson.
For these reasons, the
Court will defer ruling on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss, dkt.
no. 19, and Plaintiff's Motion to Certify, dkt. no. 39.
present action is STAYED pending the resolution of similar
issues in Brinson.
SO ORDERED, this 8th day of February, 2017.
LISA GODBEY WOOD, CHIEF JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
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