Fick v. Exxon Mobil Corporation
ORDER AND REASONS granting 282 Motion in Limine to exclude evidence as to any and all criminal arrests or convictions of Plaintiffs Thomas Fick and Antoine Gregoire. Signed by Judge Susie Morgan on 1/4/2017. (cg)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
THOMAS FICK ET AL.
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION,
ORDER AND REASONS
Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ motion in limine to exclude evidence as to any and
all criminal arrests or convictions of Plaintiffs Thomas Fick and Antoine Gregoire.1
This is a personal injury case. Plaintiffs Thomas Fick and Antoine Gregoire 2
(collectively, “Plaintiffs”) allege that, while shrimping in Bayou Jean La Croix Field in
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, on October 23, 2o13, Fick was operating a Carolina Skiff
boat in a navigable waterway when the boat struck a “pipe to the well owned by Exxon.”3
Fick and Gregoire allege they sustained severe injuries as a result of the allision. 4 On
December 9, 2013, Fick filed this suit against Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Defendant”). 5
Plaintiffs allege that Defendant was negligent and seek compensatory and punitive
damages under the general maritime law.6
R. Doc. 282.
Plaintiff Antoine Gregoire was named in the Third Amended Complaint. R. Doc. 38.
3 R. Doc. 1 at ¶ IV; R. Doc. 64-17 at 2; R. Doc. 69 at 2.
5 R. Doc. 1. The Amended Complaint, filed June 17, 2014, named Gulf South Pipeline Company, L.P. (“Gulf
South”) as an additional defendant. R. Doc. 10. Plaintiffs filed a motion to dismiss Gulf South, however, on
March 12, 2015, which the Court granted. R. Docs. 33, 36.
6 R. Doc. 1 at ¶¶ V–VII; R. Doc. 38.
On December 22, 2016, Plaintiffs filed this motion in limine to exclude the
evidence of any criminal arrests or convictions of Plaintiffs Thomas Fick and Antoine
Gregoire.7 Exxon did not file an opposition.
Plaintiffs argue evidence related to either of their prior arrests or convictions is
inadmissible because it is (1) irrelevant under Federal Rule of Evidence 401, (2) is more
prejudicial than probative under Rule 403, (3) is inadmissible evidence to demonstrate a
person’s character under Rule 404(b), and (4) is inadmissible under Rule 609 because
more than ten years have passed since each arrest or conviction.8
Neither party has included an exhibit in the bench books nor the pre-trial order
with respect to criminal arrests or convictions of either Plaintiff. Further, Exxon has not
opposed Plaintiffs’ motion in limine.
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ motion to exclude the past arrests or convictions
of Plaintiffs Thomas Fick and Antoine Gregoire is GRANTED AS UNOPPOSED.
New Orleans, Louisiana, this 4th day of January, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
R. Doc. 282.
R. Doc. 282-1 at 1.
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