Jump v. McFarland, et al
MEMORANDUM RULING re 330 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment, 332 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Rule 60(b)(4), 333 MOTION for Summary Judgment against McFarland, 334 MOTION to Dismiss Joslin's Claims MOTION for Summary Judgment against Joslin filed by American Milling L P, David L Jump, 350 MOTION for Reconsideration re 74 Order, 359 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction etc. against Joslin MOTION to Dismiss For Failur e to State a Claim MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings. For the reasons that follow, Joslins Motion for Partial Summary Judgment (Doc. 330) will be granted, and the other motions will be denied. See Memorandum Ruling for details. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark L Hornsby on 10/6/2021. (crt,Keller, J)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
DAVID L JUMP
CIVIL ACTION NO. 01-cv-2039
MAGISTRATE JUDGE HORNSBY
RORY S MCFARLAND ET AL
This case is a dispute among parties with competing judgments and interests in an
offshore mineral lease, OCS-310, and considerable revenues from it that have been
deposited in the registry of the court. The case was previously assigned to Judge Stagg and
then Chief Judge Hicks. The complexity of the case prevented a prior resolution, and the
parties were unable to resolve their claims by mediation. The parties filed written consent
to have the case decided by the undersigned magistrate judge, and the case was referred
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c). Before the court are multiple motions. Docs. 330, 332,
333, 334, 350 & 359. For the reasons that follow, Joslin’s Motion for Partial Summary
Judgment (Doc. 330) will be granted, and the other motions will be denied.
In 1984, Rory S. McFarland pledged a $2.5 million note to the Bank of Commerce
of Shreveport, Louisiana. McFarland secured the note with a mineral lease mortgage and
an assignment of production from his interest in the mortgaged leasehold and mineral
interests. The Bank of Commerce failed in 1986, and the FDIC took over the bank’s assets,
including the pledged 1984 note, mortgage, and assignment.
In August 1990, Bank One Equity Investment, Inc. obtained a judgment, “the Bank
One judgment,” against McFarland in Louisiana state court. Bank One recorded its
judgment in various Louisiana parishes between March and August of 1991. (Bank One
later released its mortgage, so its 1990 judgment is no longer at issue except as it relates to
the history of the litigation.)
On October 1, 1991, David L. Jump obtained a money judgment against McFarland,
“the Jump judgment,” in the Western District of Colorado for more than $5,000,000. Jump
registered his judgment in the Western District of Louisiana on June 26, 1992, then he
recorded the judgment in various Louisiana parishes.
On October 31, 1991, the FDIC filed suit in the Western District of Louisiana, 91
CV 2351, to collect the debt owed by McFarland to the Bank of Commerce and enforce
the 1984 mortgage and assignment. Jump intervened and sought the proceeds from the
mineral leases that had been paid into the court registry. Jump argued that the 1984
assignment to the Bank of Commerce did not encompass a specific offshore lease, OCS–
310, and that his earlier-recorded money judgment acted as a lien on OCS–310.
In 1993, the district court ordered McFarland to pay the FDIC from the proceeds in
the court registry and recognized the FDIC’s 1984 mortgage as the first lien. The court also
held that the 1984 assignment did not include OCS–310 and ordered McFarland to pay the
proceeds of that lease to Jump and Bank One. The FDIC recorded its 1993 judgment for
more than $1,733,000 in various Louisiana parishes. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the
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judgment in relevant part. Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. McFarland, 33 F.3d 532 (5th Cir.
The FDIC reinscribed the 1984 McFarland mortgage and assignment in various
Louisiana parishes in July 1995 (more than ten years after it was executed). In 1997, the
FDIC assigned the 1984 McFarland mortgage and assignment, as well as its 1993
judgment, to the Dennis Joslin Company (“Joslin”).
Jump, in 1996, used his Colorado judgment to foreclose on McFarland’s royalty
interest in the offshore lease, OCS–310. A marshal’s sale was held, and Jump purchased
the royalty interest in OCS–310 for $1,000. In 1997, Jump transferred the interest in OCS310 to American Milling, a company in which he was a principal.
In 1998, Joslin filed a motion for issuance of a writ of execution and for foreclosure
of the property that is subject to the 1984 mortgage and assignment. Joslin also sought
distribution of the funds in the court registry that are attributable to McFarland’s interests
in the leases subject to the Joslin/FDIC mortgage and assignment. The district court issued
the requested writ of execution and the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana
seized the property. The marshal advertised the sale of the property and set October 28,
1998 as the date of sale.
In the days before the sale, Jump objected to Joslin’s actions. Jump argued that the
FDIC’s failure to reinscribe the 1984 mortgage and assignment within ten years of its
execution resulted in a loss of ranking. Jump argued that the 1991 Jump judgment out of
Colorado consequently had priority as to both the mineral interests and the proceeds
deposited in the court registry. The court postponed the marshal’s sale.
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In June 1999, the court entered another judgment holding that Louisiana’s 10-year
reinscription law required the FDIC to reinscribe the 1984 mortgage and assignment by
November 30, 1994. The FDIC’s reinscription in 1995 was therefore untimely, depriving
its assignee, Joslin, of priority rank. The district court ranked the Bank One judgment first,
the Jump judgment second, and the FDIC’s 1984 mortgage and assignment third.
Joslin appealed that decision. The Fifth Circuit explained that the FDIC’s 1993
judgment did not implicitly end its continuing obligation to reinscribe the mortgage, and
failure to reinscribe could deprive it of its lien. The Court rejected arguments that federal
law exempted the FDIC from the obligation to reinscribe, and it affirmed the district court,
finding that “Louisiana reinscription law operates to strip the FDIC of priority lien status.”
But the Fifth Circuit agreed with Joslin that the Jump judgment from Colorado was
not “final” when Jump prematurely registered it in Louisiana. The Jump judgment issued
by the Colorado court in 1991 did not dispose of all claims, was not certified under Rule
54(b)), and did not become truly final until the Colorado suit concluded in 1997. “Because
the registration of the Jump judgment was premature, it could not prime the FDIC’s lien
following the FDIC’s reinscription of the mortgage and assignment in 1995. Although
registration of the 1997 judgment would assure Jump of a claim to McFarland’s assets, a
resulting lien would remain subordinate to those held by Bank One and Joslin,
respectively.” F.D.I.C. v. McFarland, 243 F.3d 876, 892 (5th Cir. 2001) (McFarland II).
This part of the litigation got underway later in 2001 when Joslin filed a third-party
complaint to annul the marshal’s sale of OCS–310 to Jump. The complaint was originally
filed as a miscellaneous action, 92 MC 25, but was then filed in this civil action, 01 CV
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2039, Docs. 35 & 68. It argued that McFarland II held that Jump’s 1991 judicial lien on
OCS–310 is invalid, and that therefore the FDIC/Joslin 1993 judgment against McFarland
is the only valid lien on OCS–310. Joslin claimed that it is entitled to unravel the marshal’s
sale as well as disgorgement of any proceeds attributable to McFarland’s interest in OCS–
310 that had been previously distributed to Jump. Judge Stagg, in what the parties call the
“2003 order,” granted Joslin’s motion for partial summary judgment and declared the 1996
marshal’s sale and deed to be nullities. In 2004, Judge Stagg issued another order (the
“2004 order”) that directed the proceeds attributable to McFarland’s and Jump’s interests
in OCS–310 to be deposited in the registry of the court until further order. The 2004 order
stated that Joslin “holds a valid mortgage and valid seizure of the runs and minerals of
federal lease OCS-310,” that “David L. Jump does not have a lien of any kind on the runs
or minerals of federal lease OCS-310,” and “Other than Joslin, no person … has a lien of
any kind on the runs and minerals of federal lease OCS-310.”
On motions from the parties, the court certified both the 2003 and 2004 orders as
final pursuant to rule 54(b), and Jump appealed. The Fifth Circuit held that it lacked
jurisdiction; the Rule 54(b) certification was not proper because the underlying orders did
not adjudicate a whole claim. The 2003 order did not dispose of the entirety of Joslin’s
claim because it did not address his request for the recovery of the funds allegedly
improperly distributed to Jump. The 2004 order was also lacking because a claim for
disgorgement was still technically a part of Joslin’s complaint when the district court
certified the 2004 order. The appeal was dismissed. F.D.I.C. v. McFarland, 2008 WL
162882 (5th Cir. 2008).
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Chevron, the operator of OCS–310, held funds attributable to McFarland’s royalty
interest. It filed an interpleader complaint (Doc. 117) in 2005 and was allowed to deposit
the disputed funds in the registry of the court, and it has continued to make deposits. The
funds now exceed $3,400,000. Chevron takes no position on the dispute, but it asks for an
award of attorney fees and expenses. It states in memoranda that it is hoped that the fee
claim can be resolved by stipulation among the parties. The court stated in an agreed order
(Doc. 277) that Chevron was recognized as a disinterested stakeholder and that its claim
for fees was preserved for future disposition.
In 2013, Joslin responded to the Fifth Circuit’s 2008 decision by amending its
complaint. Joslin deleted the original prayer for relief requiring Jump to “return to the
registry of the court all sums which they have received pursuant to and as a result of,
disbursements from the property.” It also added a new prayer for relief requiring that “all
of the moneys accumulated and to be accumulated in the court clerk’s account related to
OCS Lease 310 be distributed to [Joslin].” Joslin then moved to recertify the 2003 and
2004 orders as final judgments pursuant to Rule 54(b), and the district court granted the
motion. Jump v. McFarland, 2014 WL 1347115 (W.D. La. 2014).
The Fifth Circuit again found that it lacked jurisdiction because the district court
had not yet resolved the aspect of Joslin’s request for disbursement of the funds allegedly
improperly distributed to Jump. It added that other concerns also counseled against Rule
54(b) certification. Jump v. McFarland, 596 Fed. Appx. 256 (5th Cir. 2014).
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The case returned to district court. The Estate of Rory McFarland 1 filed a motion
for summary judgment. McFarland first argued that claim preclusion/res judicata made
McFarland a beneficiary of the 2003 order that nullified the marshal’s sale. Chief Judge
Hicks denied that aspect of the motion, reasoning in part that res judicata would not entitle
McFarland to the relief based on a non-final, partial summary judgment rendered in favor
of a third party. Jump v. McFarland, 2018 WL 4690389 (W.D. La. 2018).
MacFarland next sought to nullify the marshal’s sale as to his interest in the OCS–
310 lease. The marshal’s sale took place in January 1996, and McFarland filed his motion
in late 2016, twenty years after the sale. Jump responded by citing two Louisiana statutes:
La. R.S. 9:5622 and La. R.S. 9:5642. Section 5622 provides a two-year prescriptive period
for claims arising out of “informalities of legal procedure connected with or growing out
of any sale at public auction or at private sale of real or personal property made by any
sheriff of the Parishes of this State, licensed auctioneer, or other persons authorized by an
order of the courts of this State.” La. R.S. 9:5622. Under Section 5642, “actions to set
aside sheriffs’ deeds are prescribed by five years, reckoning from their date.” La. R.S.
9:5642. Chief Judge Hicks held: “Thus, under either statute, McFarland’s alternative
claim to nullify the marshal’s sale as to his interest in the OCS 310 Lease could not survive
a prescription defense.”
McFarland next argued that the Joslin lien was not perfected until April 2, 2004 and
did not attach to the first $277,774.68 of funds deposited into the court registry, thereby
Mr. McFarland died during this litigation, and his estate was substituted as the correct
party, but the estate is generally referred to herein as McFarland.
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entitling McFarland to those proceeds with interest. McFarland also argued that it is
entitled to a credit of $800,000 against monies due Joslin, which credit was the result of a
deal struck in a bankruptcy proceeding to assign what the parties refer to as State Leases.
Joslin did not respond to requests for admissions, so admitted the key facts on which this
argument was based. Chief Judge Hicks, accordingly, held that summary judgment in
favor of McFarland was appropriate as to the following: (1) the Joslin lien was not
perfected until April 2, 2004 and did not attach to the first $277,774.68 of funds deposited
into the court registry, thereby entitling McFarland to those proceeds with interest; and (2)
McFarland is entitled to a credit of $800,000 against monies due Joslin as the agreed upon
value of assigning the State Leases.
The history recited above is complex, so this brief summary of key dates and events
may be helpful:
1984: Rory McFarland borrows from the Bank of Commerce; secures the debt with a
mineral lease mortgage and assignment of production.
1986: FDIC takes over the failed Bank of Commerce.
1991: David Jump gets a Colorado money judgment against McFarland; registered and
recorded the judgment in Louisiana. The judgment was later found to be not final.
1993: FDIC obtains a money judgment against McFarland. The court recognizes the 1984
mortgage as first lien on covered property, but the 1984 assignment did not cover OCS310. However, the 1993 judgment operates as a lien on all of McFarland’s property,
1996: Jump uses his Colorado judgment to foreclose on McFarland’s interest in OCS-310.
A marshal’s sale of the interest in OCS-310 is made to Jump, who sells to American Milling
in 1997. This sale was later annulled.
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1997: Dennis Joslin Company obtains from FDIC the 1993 judgment (which applies to
OCS-310) and the 1984 mortgage and assignment (which does not apply to OCS-310).
1998: Joslin moved to foreclose on property under the 1984 mortgage. Jump objected. The
5th Circuit held that (1) the 1984 Joslin/FDIC mortgage lost priority because it was not
timely reinscribed and (2) Jump’s judgment was prematurely registered in Louisiana so
was subordinate to the 1993 Joslin/FDIC money judgment.
2001: Joslin filed this action to annul the 1996 marshal’s sale of OCS-310 to
Jump/American Milling, which would leave the Joslin/FDIC 1993 judgment as the only
valid lien on OCS-310.
2003 Order: The 1996 marshal’s sale and deed to Jump are declared nullities.
2004 Order: The proceeds of the McFarland/Jump interests in OCS-310 must be paid to
the court registry. No person or entity other than Joslin has a lien on the proceeds of that
2005: Chevron files interpleader and deposits McFarland’s proceeds from OCS-310.
2013: Joslin amends its prayer to drop a claim against Jump to return disbursements; limits
its claim to the registry funds.
2016: McFarland moves to nullify the marshal’s sale of his interest in OCS-310. Judge
Hicks rules that McFarland’s request to annul the sale was prescribed. Declares (1) Joslin
lien does not apply to the first $277,774.68 in the registry and (2) McFarland gets $800,000
credit against any money he owes Joslin.
Summary of Positions
McFarland claims that the marshal’s sale should be nullified as to his interest, and
that ownership of OCS-310 should be restored to McFarland, subject to Joslin’s lien under
the FDIC judgment. Joslin claims that the marshal’s sale is null and that its judicial
mortgage against OCS-310 pursuant to the FDIC judgment should be restored. Jump (and
American Milling) claim that the marshal sale validly conveyed OCS-310 to Jump and
terminated the lien of the FDIC judgment, and neither McFarland nor Joslin have a legal
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basis for invalidating the marshal’s sale. American Milling claims that it is and remains
the lawful owner of the interest in OCS-310 that it purchased from Jump.
Jump and American Milling’s Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment against
Joslin (Doc. 334)
Jump and American Milling move to dismiss or obtain summary judgment against
Joslin on the grounds that Joslin had no interest in the case at the time of the 1996 marshal’s
sale. Jump and American Milling contend that the FDIC may not have transferred to Joslin
the right to pursue claims that challenge the validity of the marshal’s sale. They also argue
that attacks on the marshal’s sale are waived because the FDIC did not take action to stop
the sale at the time. A similar argument is made in Jump and American Milling’s Motion
to Dismiss (Doc. 359) for lack of standing. The court does not find the movant’s arguments
persuasive. The court nullified the 1996 marshal’s sale in 2003; Jump and American
Milling have not convinced the undersigned that Judge Stagg’s ruling should be
reconsidered. Accordingly, Jump and American Milling’s Motion to Dismiss or for
Summary Judgment (Doc. 334) is denied.
Jump and American Milling’s Rule 54(b) Motion to Revise the 2003 Order (Doc. 350)
Jump and American Milling ask the court to revise the 2003 order (Doc. 74) and
grant judgment in their favor against Joslin. They incorporate their arguments made in
their omnibus memorandum (Doc. 348). The parties had an opportunity to brief those
issues before the court entered the prior ruling and order, and the undersigned is not
persuaded that the court should exercise its discretion under Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 54(b) to
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revise that order. Accordingly, Jump and American Milling’s Rule 54(b) Motion to Revise
the 2003 Order (Doc. 350) is denied.
Jump and American Milling’s Motion to Dismiss all Claims Asserted by Joslin (Doc.
Jump and American Milling ask the court to dismiss all claims asserted by Joslin on
the grounds that it lacks Article III or prudential standing. The argument is that the FDIC
owned its judgment at the time of the marshal’s sale and deed in 1996, and the FDIC did
not assign its 1993 judgment to Joslin until 1997. The movants argue that the assignment
did not expressly convey to Joslin a right to challenge the marshal’s sale, leaving Joslin
with no ability to do so.
The court has reviewed the arguments of the parties and is persuaded that Joslin
does have standing. The right to pursue claims in connection with the collection and
enforcement of the judgment were accessory rights that were implicitly assigned to Joslin.
The court is not persuaded that the subsequent purchaser doctrine, which generally applies
to claims based on damage to real property, prevents Joslin from having standing to contest
the 1996 marshal’s sale of McFarland’s interest in OCS–310 and its effect on the FDIC’s
1993 judgment has a lien on OCS–310. Accordingly, Jump and American Milling’s
Motion to Dismiss all Claims Asserted by Joslin (Doc. 359) is denied.
Joslin’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment (Doc. 330)
Joslin notes that there were once other parties to this case, but all have been
dismissed except Joslin, Jump, McFarland, and Chevron. Joslin submits that the remaining
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claims are ripe for disposition on motions for summary judgment. It presents its arguments
as: First, there is no dispute between Joslin and McFarland about the amount still due
Joslin under the 1993 Judgment. Second, the court already has held that Jump “does not
have a lien of any kind on the runs or minerals of federal lease OCS-310”; thus, Jump’s
claim to such funds should be dismissed with prejudice. Third, the court has already
nullified the marshal’s sale of the McFarland royalty interest to Jump; thus, the court should
dismiss Jump’s ownership claim with prejudice. Fourth, the court should provide for the
distribution of funds in the registry, based on calculations offered by Joslin, subject to its
judgment becoming final and non-appealable.
B. Jump and American Milling Claims Dismissed
Joslin argues that Jump’s claims to funds in the registry have already been resolved
against him. Judge Stagg ruled in 2003 that Joslin’s 1993 judgment is superior in rank and
burdens McFarland’s royalty interest. The court declared that the marshal sale of the
royalty interest to Jump/American Milling was a nullity, and in 2004 the court ruled that
“Jump does not have a lien of any kind on the runs or minerals of federal lease OCS–310.”
Doc. 94. Joslin points to an admission by Jump that he took no steps to reregister the
Colorado judgment in Louisiana after the Fifth Circuit’s 2001 ruling, so Jump currently
has no claims against the McFarland estate. But to the extent Jump has any claim against
the McFarland royalty interest, the claim would be subject to Joslin’s superior interest. For
these reasons, Joslin asks that Jump’s claim to any portion of the registry funds or
McFarland’s royalty interest be dismissed with prejudice.
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Jump and American Milling have filed motions and an omnibus memorandum (Doc.
348) that attack the validity of Joslin’s claim on grounds such as waiver, no transfer from
the FDIC to Joslin, statute of repose, transfer of interests in the judgment to others, and
sale of a litigious right. These arguments are directed at undermining the right of Joslin to
attack the marshal’s sale, which would presumably leave the OCS-310 interest in the hands
of American Milling, which purchased the interest from Jump. Joslin’s response to these
arguments is found primarily in its reply (Doc. 355).
Jump and American Milling’s arguments ask the court to revise the 2003 order,
which the undersigned is not persuaded is warranted. The marshal’s sale has been declared
a nullity, and that decision will stand. That declaration means that Jump and American
Milling do not have an ownership interest in OCS-310. The court has also previously held
that they have no valid lien on proceeds of the mineral interest. That lack of a valid interest
in the relevant property means that they have no standing or basis on which to attack the
legitimacy of Joslin’s judgment or related claims. The court agrees with Joslin; all claims
by Jump and American Milling are dismissed with prejudice.
C. Amount Due Under Joslin’s 1993 Judgment
Joslin submits an affidavit from Randall P. Crenshaw, an independent contractor for
Joslin who has worked with its account collection business, regarding the amount due
under the 1993 FDIC/Joslin judgment. Mr. Crenshaw attaches a spreadsheet that takes into
consideration interest, payments received and applied, and an $800,000 credit that was
given in exchange for certain mineral interests from McFarland. Based on the affidavit,
Joslin requests summary judgment in its favor finding that the amount due under its 1993
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judgment is $3,689,709.12 through September 30, 2019, plus $435.75 per day until paid.
Joslin represents that McFarland does not dispute this amount.
After entry of the 1993 judgment, the court fixed the amount of attorney fees and
costs awarded to the FDIC/Joslin at $116,045.86. Joslin represents that this award has not
been satisfied in whole or part. With interest calculated at the judicial rate, Joslin states
that it is due an additional amount of $293,028.17 through September 30, 2019, with further
interest accruing thereafter at the judicial rate. Joslin states that the total amount due to it
under the 1993 judgment is $3,982,737.29 as of September 30, 2019.
Joslin submits a proposed distribution of the funds in the registry, once a final and
non-appealable judgment is obtained. It asks the court to recognize that McFarland is
entitled to the first $277,774.68 of funds in the registry, after which Joslin is entitled to
sufficient funds to satisfy the full amounts due it under the 1993 judgment. Joslin proposes
that if its 1993 judgment is not satisfied by the registry funds, the marshal should be
directed to sell McFarland’s royalty interest and distribute the proceeds to Joslin up to the
amount necessary to satisfy its judgment, with any excess funds paid to the McFarland
estate. It asks that any award made to Chevron for costs and fees proportionally reduce the
distributions of the registry funds to McFarland and Joslin.
The court finds that Joslin’s evidence of the amount due is sufficient proof of the
amount due. Jump questions the basis for some of the information or whether it is the most
accurate information. Given the history of the case, the court finds that the evidence
presented is likely the best evidence available with respect to the amount due, and there is
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no competing summary judgment evidence on the issue. Furthermore, Jump has no claim
to the proceeds, so it lacks standing to question the calculations.
McFarland’s Motion for Summary Judgment and to Void Judgment and Annul
Marshal’s Sale (Doc. 332)
McFarland asks the court to enforce the nullity ruling and reject the claims of Jump
and American Milling. Relevant briefs were filed at Doc. 349 & 356. The court held above
that Jump and American Milling have no valid interest in the property and that their claims
should be dismissed. That renders moot many of the arguments raised by McFarland in this
motion. But McFarland also asks the court to declare that he is now the legal title owner
of OCS-310 due to the annulment of the marshal’s sale. Any such declaration is
unnecessary, as it would not lead to any benefit to McFarland beyond his current status
with respect to OCS-310. McFarland’s interest is subject to a valid lien by Joslin. If the
funds in the registry are not sufficient to satisfy Joslin’s 1993 judgment, then the court will
order a marshal’s sale of the OCS-310 interest. The proceeds of that sale would go first
toward Joslin’s judgment and, if any funds remain after the judgment is satisfied, they will
go to McFarland. Accordingly, this motion is denied.
Jump and American Milling’s Motion for Summary Judgment against McFarland
Jump and American Milling ask for summary judgment dismissing the claims of
McFarland against them. Relevant briefs are at Docs. 342 & 357. They largely argue that
McFarland has no valid grounds to challenge the nullity of the marshal’s sale that
ostensibly transferred the interest in OCS-310 to them. The dismissal of Jump and
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American Milling, and the discussions above, render this motion moot. The motion is
This case has a long history, but the current situation is that Joslin has a valid money
judgment against McFarland and a valid lien on OCS-310. Jump previously attempted to
enforce its judgment against OCS-310, but it turned out that Jump had and has no lien at
all against that property. Jump has since filed multiple motions in an effort to somehow
get a piece of the property to which he has no legal entitlement. McFarland has similarly
raised many arguments in an effort to somehow hold on to the property that he mortgaged
to secure his unpaid debt. None of the several attacks by Jump and McFarland have merit,
so Joslin will be allowed to collect the funds due to it under its judgment.
For the reasons stated above, the following motions are denied: Jump and American
Milling’s Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment against Joslin (Doc. 334); Jump
and American Milling’s Rule 54(b) Motion to Revise the 2003 Order (Doc. 350); Jump
and American Milling’s Motion to Dismiss all Claims Asserted by Joslin (Doc. 359);
McFarland’s Motion for Summary Judgment and to Void Judgment and Annul Marshal’s
Sale (Doc. 332); and Jump and American Milling’s Motion for Summary Judgment against
McFarland (Doc. 333).
Joslin’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment (Doc. 330) is granted. That results
in the resolution of all remaining claims, with only the amount of Chevron’s attorney fees
and the final distribution remaining. Once Chevron’s fees are fixed by agreement or court
order, Joslin is directed to prepare a proposed final judgment that reflects the disposition
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of the several motions addressed in this ruling and that sets forth what amounts are due to
Joslin and Chevron as a result. The proposed judgment should be circulated among counsel
for their approval as to form, without any prejudice to the objections of the opposing parties
regarding its substance, and then submitted to chambers in Word format. After final
judgment is entered, any appeals may be filed. The court will maintain the registry funds,
per the 2003 Order, until “all applicable appeal delays have run and no appeals have been
taken” or any appeals that are taken are resolved in a manner that allows for distribution of
THUS DONE AND SIGNED in Shreveport, Louisiana, this the 6th day of
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