Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company v. Hill
ORDER granting in part and denying in part (69) Motion for Entry of an Order to Show Cause in case 4:15-cv-00166-DMB-JMV; granting in part and denying in part (62) Motion for Entry of an Order to Show Cause in case 4:15-cv-00184-DMB-JMV. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 3/17/2017. Associated Cases: 4:15-cv-00166-DMB-JMV, 4:15-cv-00184-DMB-JMV (bbf)
GhIN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT
COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:15CV-166-DMB-JMV
PURVIS WILLIAM HILL, JR.
PURVIS WILLIAM HILL, JR.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:15-CV-184-DMB-JMV
MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE
COMPANY AND JOHN DOES 1-3
This matter is before the court on the identical motions [#69 in 4:15cv166 & #62 in No.
4:15cv184] of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (“Mass Mutual”) in these
consolidated cases for entry of an order to show cause. For the reasons that follow, the motions
are granted in part and denied in part.
By Notice dated March 10, 2017, this matter was set for a hearing yesterday, March 16.
In pertinent part the Notice stated: “All counsel are required to be present for the in-person
hearing at which time appropriate sanctions for failure to comply with court’s [sic] order will be
considered.” Counsel of record for the now deceased defendant in the lead case, Ms. Candace
Williamson, failed to appear for the hearing or otherwise respond to the motions or the court’s
order setting the same for hearing. Nevertheless, in light of the fact that the district judge has
stayed the case for a period of 90 days, to expire on 4/19/17, the court does not find that there is
sufficient cause, as suggested by movant, to recommend the case for dismissal for failure to
prosecute or otherwise at this juncture.
On the other hand, the court does find that Ms. Williamson’s flagrant disregard of this
court’s orders, as outlined in the instant motions, is unprofessional and reprehensible and
warrants the imposition of monetary sanctions against her personally. Accordingly, all
reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses incurred by counsel for Massachusetts Mutual Life
Insurance Co. in preparing the instant motion and appearing at the hearing today are awarded to
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. An itemization of reasonable fees and expenses
incurred, along with an attorney’s supporting affidavit, should be filed of record on or before 10
days from today’s date. Ms. Williamson will have 7 days thereafter in which to file any
objection she may have to the reasonableness of the amount of the fees and expenses. Any reply
will be due 3 days thereafter. Once the court has determined the final amount of the fees and
expense awarded, the court will enter an order confirming the same and giving Ms. Williamson a
set period of time in which to pay them.
So ordered this the 17th day of March, 2017.
/s/ Jane M. Virden
U. S. Magistrate Judge
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