Cosmo Import & Export, LLC et al v. Anolik et al

Filing 79

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Peter J. Messitte on 5/9/2024. (ols, Deputy Clerk)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND COSMO IMPORT & EXPORT,LLC,et al. Plaintiffs, Civ. No. 22-CV-1222 PJM V. STUART ANOLIK,et al. Defendants. MEMORANDUM OPINION Plaintiffs Cosmo Import & Export, LLC and Outdoor Living, Inc. have filed a Motion to Compel the Depositions of Defendants Stuart Anolik and Anolik & Associates, P.C. (A&A) (ECF No. 69). A&A has filed an opposition (ECF No. 78). No hearing is necessary. D. Md. Local R. 105.6. For the following reasons, the Court will GRANT Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel. I. Plaintiffs are two Wyoming-based outdoor-furniture companies. See ECF No. 1 H 8-9. Anolik is an attorney residing and practicing in the State of Maryland. See id. ^10. A&A was for several years a law firm founded and managed by Anolik. See id. 111. Defendant Fidelis Business & Advisory Services, LLC (Fidelis) is a business consultancy that hired Anolik sometime in 2017. See id. 120. A. Plaintiffs allege that, beginning in 2016, they retained Anolik and A&A to provide certain tax and legal advice. (They later signed a retainer with Fidelis for the same services when Anolik began working there.) Specifically, Anolik advised Plaintiffs in connection with their acquisition of a "captive insurance" or "group pool" insurance policy from a St. Lucia- 1

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