Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company v. Hill

Filing 124

ORDER requiring in-person attendance at hearing and additional briefing. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 5/2/19. (ncb)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI GREENVILLE DIVISION MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY V. PLAINTIFF CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:15CV-166-DMB-JMV CANDACE L. WILLIAMSON, Co-executor of the Estate of Purvis William Hill, Jr., ET AL. DEFENDANTS ORDER Before the Court is Plaintiff Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company’s (“MMLIC”) Motion for Civil Contempt and for Entry of Judgment [123]. By the motion, MMLIC seeks an order of contempt and a monetary judgment against Candace Williamson, who previously participated in this action as counsel on behalf of Purvis William Hill, Jr., but who ultimately became a party only in her capacity as co-executor of the Estate of Purvis William Hill, Jr. In view of the nature of the claims made against Ms. Williamson—presumably in her individual capacity—this matter will be set, by separate notice, for an in-person hearing that Ms. Williamson (and her counsel if any) and counsel for MMLIC are required to attend. Ms. Williamson should be prepared to explain to the Court why she should not be held in civil contempt for failure to comply with the Orders described in MMLIC’s motion. Ms. Williamson is warned that should she fail to appear at the hearing, she will subject herself to entry of a contempt order and/or imposition of further sanctions, including, but not limited to, monetary sanctions and suspension from practice in this District—as deemed appropriate by the Court. Additionally, Ms. Williamson is advised that her failure to appear may warrant issuance of a recommendation to the Mississippi Bar for investigation and possible disciplinary action. Lastly, counsel for MMLIC shall, at least 7 days in advance of said hearing, file additional briefing that contains legal authority in support of its request for a monetary “judgment” against Ms. Williamson, a non-party to this action (now closed) in her individual capacity. SO ORDERED this 2nd day of May, 2019. /s/ Jane M. Virden UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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