WINE & CANVAS DEVELOPMENT LLC v. WEISSER et al
ENTRY granting Defendant Christopher Muylle's 600 Motion to Compel. See Entry. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 6/27/2017. (SWM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
WINE & CANVAS DEVELOPMENT LLC,
THEODORE WEISSER, YN CANVAS CA, LLC,
and WEISSER MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC,
Case No. 1:11-cv-01598-TWP-DKL
ENTRY ON CHRISTOPHER MUYLLE’S MOTION TO COMPEL
As part of proceedings supplemental to collect on his judgments against Third-party
Defendants Anthony Scott and Tamara Scott (“the Scotts”), Defendant Christopher Muylle (“Mr.
Muylle”) served Interrogatories and Requests for Production on non-party Scott Staffing and
Management Services, LLC (“Scott Staffing”). According to Mr. Muylle, Scott Staffing is owned
by Anthony Scott and/or Tamara Scott; it employs both of them; and all Wine & Canvas related
entities’ payroll funds funnel through it. Mr. Muylle contends that Scott Staffing failed to comply
with Interrogatories Nos. 9, 13, 15, and 16 and Requests for Production Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, and 11,
and he moves for an order compelling complete answers (Filing No. 600).
The Interrogatories ask Scott Staffing to list all debts owed to it (No. 9), identify its bank
accounts (No. 13), describe the nature of its business (No. 15), and identify its assets, including
personal and real property (No. 16). Scott Staffing’s only response was to object to the relevance
of the information; to each of these interrogatories, it responded only that “the scope of this request
is overbroad given the garnishee-context under which the Discovery requests were served” and
“[t]he information sought exceeds the garnishee-scope of these Discovery Requests.” 1 However,
Scott Staffing included much information in its response to Mr. Muylle’s motion that it contends
it previously disclosed to Mr. Muylle in proceedings supplemental, including that it has no source
of income and no assets; it “did payroll” for Wine & Canvas employees by receiving transferred
payroll funds from Wine & Canvas entities and paying all the entities’ employees rather than each
entity paying separately. Scott Staffing argues that the only information that is relevant in the
garnishment context of the proceedings supplemental is whether it has assets that it owes or will
owe to the Scotts.
The Court does not construe Mr. Muylle’s discovery to be limited to the garnishment
context. Instead, Mr. Muylle is entitled to use the tools of discovery to explore sources of funds
to satisfy his judgments against the Scotts, including tracing their assets and sources of income,
and the relationships of the Scotts to Scott Staffing render its business and finances a reasonable
subject of inquiry and well within the broad scope of discovery in proceedings supplemental.
Therefore, Scott Staffing must answer Mr. Muylle’s interrogatories.
Three of Mr. Muylle’s Requests for Production ask for corporate documents, including but
not limited to, by-laws and operating agreements (No. 3); financial statements, balance sheets,
income statements, or general ledger (No. 10); and loan agreements or related documents regarding
any loan or extension of credit by Scott Staffing (No. 11). Scott Staffing makes the same relevancy
objections that it made to the above interrogatories, and the Court, likewise, rejects the objections
as it did above. In its response to the present motion, Scott Staffing states that it does not loan or
Scott Staffing prefaced its responses with “General Objections.” It objected “to the extent that” requested
information is privileged, work product, or irrelevant, and it objected that the discovery was not properly served. Its
individual responses to the discovery references these general objections, without making a factual or legal argument
in support. It also does not make the arguments in its response on the present motion. Needless to say, such
undeveloped general objections are ineffective, and the Court considers only the specific objections in its responses
to the individual interrogatories and requests for production.
provide credit to the Scotts, Mr. McCracken, Mrs. McCracken nor any entity related to and/or
affiliated with the Wine & Canvas brand except that, “it is conceivable” in the future that, if Scott
Staffing ever pays payroll on behalf of a Wine & Canvas entity without having received a transfer
of funds from the entity beforehand, the payment would be in the nature of a loan. Scott Staffing
can provide these explanations in a formal response to Request No. 11, but it must also provide
responsive documents regarding any loan or extension of credit to persons other than the Scotts or
an entity related to or affiliated with Wine & Canvas.
The three other requests for production at issue seek employment agreements (No. 4),
monthly or other periodic statements for any account identified in the interrogatories (No. 6), and
agreements with Scott Staffing’s and the Scotts’ counsel, Mr. Davis (No. 7). Scott Staffing’s
reiterated relevance objections to these requests are overruled. In its response to Request No. 4,
Scott Staffing stated that there are no copies of any employment agreements with any of the
individual judgment debtors. Scott Staffing must produce responsive documents related to all
employment agreements, not just ones with the judgment debtors. In its response to Request No.
6, Scott Staffing stated that it has no specific agreements with Wine & Canvas IP Holdings relating
to any of the judgment debtors. Again, Scott Staffing must produce all monthly or other periodic
statements for any account identified in its interrogatory responses, not limited to any particular
entity, account, or the judgment debtors. In its response to Request No. 7, Scott Staffing asserted
that agreements with Mr. Davis are protected by the attorney-client privilege. While agreements
pertaining to the provision of legal advice or legal services might be privileged if they reveal
confidential client communications (and fee rates do not), other agreements would not be
privileged simply because Mr. Davis is a signatory. Scott Staffing must produce any agreements
with Mr. Davis that do not reveal confidential client communications.
Christopher Muylle’s Motion to Compel Scott Staffing and Management Services LLC to
Supplement Its Answers to Interrogatories and Requests for Production (Filing No. 600) is
GRANTED as set forth above.
P. Adam Davis
DAVIS & SARBINOFF, LLC
Ronald J. Waicukauski
PRICE WAICUKAUSKI & RILEY, LLC
Carol Nemeth Joven
PRICE WAICUKAUSKI & RILEY, LLC
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