Taylor v. Siding Source, LLC et al
Order Denying Without Prejudice Intervening Plaintiff's Petition to EnforceSettlement Agreement and/or for Other Relief 64 . Signed by District Judge Halil S. Ozerden on June 29, 2017. (BGL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
JOSEPH SCOTT TAYLOR, AND
CIVIL NO. 1:11cv314-HSO-JRM
SIDING SOURCE, LLC, et al.
ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE
INTERVENING PLAINTIFF’S PETITION TO ENFORCE
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND/OR FOR OTHER RELIEF 
BEFORE THE COURT is Intervening Plaintiff Argonaut-Midwest Insurance
Company’s Petition to Enforce Settlement Agreement and/or for Other Relief 
filed in this matter on June 26, 2017. Based on Plaintiff Joseph Scott Taylor,
Intervening Plaintiff Argonaut-Midwest Insurance Company, and Defendant Siding
Source, LLC’s settlement of this matter, and in accordance with the Court’s prior
Order Granting Motion for Approval of Settlement , the Court entered an
Agreed Judgment of Dismissal  on September 20, 2012. Intervening Plaintiff
now seeks enforcement of the settlement agreement.
Enforcement of a settlement agreement “is more than just a continuation or
renewal of the dismissed suit, and hence requires its own basis for jurisdiction.”
Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of America, 511 U.S. 375, 378 (1994). The
Supreme Court has explained that a motion to enforce a settlement agreement is
essentially a claim for breach of contract,
part of the consideration for which was dismissal of an earlier federal
suit. No federal statute makes that connection (if it constitutionally
could) the basis for federal-court jurisdiction over the contract dispute.
The facts to be determined with regard to such alleged breaches of
contract are quite separate from the facts to be determined in the
principal suit, and automatic jurisdiction over such contracts is in no
way essential to the conduct of federal-court business. If the parties
wish to provide for the court’s enforcement of a dismissal-producing
settlement agreement, they can seek to do so . . . . Absent such action,
however, enforcement of the settlement agreement is for state courts,
unless there is some independent basis for federal jurisdiction.
Kokkonen, 511 U.S. at 381–82 (emphasis in original).
By seeking to have the settlement agreement enforced, the Intervening
Plaintiff is asserting a new breach of contract claim; however, the Intervening
Plaintiff has failed to establish an independent basis for this Court’s jurisdiction,
e.g., diversity. See Adam Techs. Int’l S.A. De C.V. v. Sutherland Global Servs., 729
F.3d 443, 448 (5th Cir. 2013). The Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the
Intervening Plaintiff’s new breach of contract claim.
Further, according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit, when a dismissal order does not expressly retain jurisdiction with the
parties’ consent, and does not incorporate or embody the terms of the settlement
agreement, a district court does not retain ancillary jurisdiction to enforce the
settlement agreement. SmallBizPros, Inc. v. MacDonald, 618 F.3d 458, 462–64 (5th
Cir. 2010). Because the Final Judgment  here did neither, the Court is without
ancillary jurisdiction to consider Plaintiff’s current Petition . See id.; see also
Kokkonen, 511 U.S. at 381–82.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, that Intervening
Plaintiff Argonaut-Midwest Insurance Company’s Petition to Enforce Settlement
Agreement and/or for Other Relief  filed in this matter on June 26, 2017, is
DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, this the 29th day of June, 2017.
s/ Halil Suleyman Ozerden
HALIL SULEYMAN OZERDEN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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