Williams v. President Casinos, Inc.
OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Appellants Motion to Strike [Doc. No. 17] is GRANTED.IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Appendix attached to Appellants Brief, [Doc. No. 10-1], is STRICKEN. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the portion of Appellants Brief that cites the Appendix is STRICKEN. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Appellant is given 14 days from the date of this Opinion, Memorandum and Order to file an amended brief. 17 ( Response to Court due by 7/5/2015.) Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 6/22/15. (CLA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
In Re: PRESIDENT CASINOS, INC.,
STUART A. WILLIAMS, trustee of The
Stuart A. and Francine W. Williams
HENRY L. GUSKY, in his capacity as
Liquidation Trustee of President Casinos,
Inc., Liquidation Trust,
No. 4:14CV1768 HEA
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Appellee’s Motion to strike the “Appendix” attached to
Appellant’s Brief, as well as the potion of Appellant’s Brief that cite to the Appendix. [Doc. No.
17]. Appellant opposes the Motion.
The “Appendix” is a one-page July 14, 2011 memo from Stephanie Salmons to “Reorg
Announcements” entitled “Re: Instructions for the First Stock Distribution to Holders of
President Casinos.” It contains four bullet points of instructions and information.
The memo is cited twice in Appellant’s Brief:
First, on July 14, 2011, Mr. Gusky instructed DTC that payment of the First
Liquidation Distribution would be made upon “receipt of certificates”—
presentation of the stock. See Appendix A, a copy of the July 14, 2011
Memorandum to DTC. There is no indication in the July 14, 2011 Memorandum
that payment of the First Liquidation Distribution would be made upon the
“Record Date.” Id. Such distinction is critical.
[Doc. No. 10 at 14].
Appellee argues that, because Appellant neither filed the memo on the record in the
bankruptcy proceedings, nor listed it in Appellant’s designation of the record in this appeal, the
memo and the facts contained therein are not properly before the Court in this appeal. In light of
this, Appellee requests that the Court strike the memo and Appellant’s Brief to the extent it relies
on the memo.
Appellant counters that in the bankruptcy proceedings it submitted a Declaration of Peter
Gleeson, which referenced the July 14, 2011 memo and its instruction that the First Liquidation
Distribution be “upon receipt of certificates.” In re: President Casinos, Inc., Case No. 02-53005659, Doc. No. 2141 at ¶ 17. The Gleeson Declaration also explained that the July 14, 2011
Instruction required presentation of the stock certificates for payment of the First Liquidation
Distribution, and did not contain any reference to the Record Date. Id. at ¶¶ 18–19. Appellant
identified the Gleeson Declaration in Appellant’s designation of the record on appeal. [Doc. No.
1-2 at 3].
“An appellate court can properly consider only the record and facts before the district
court and thus only those papers and exhibits filed in the district court can constitute the record
on appeal.” Bath Junkie Branson, L.L.C. v. Bath Junkie, Inc., 528 F.3d 556, 559–560 (8th Cir.
2008) (citing Huelsman v. Civic Ctr. Corp., 873 F.2d 1171, 1175 (8th Cir. 1989), and Fed. R.
App. P. 10(a)). Here, the facts at issue were presented in the bankruptcy court proceedings, but
the document cited to support them was not. Accordingly, the Court will grant Appellee’s
Motion, strike the “Appendix” to Appellant’s Brief, strike the portions of Appellant’s Brief that
rely on the memo, and give Appellant leave to amend its Brief to cite the Gleeson Declaration.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Appellant’s Motion to Strike [Doc. No. 17] is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Appendix attached to Appellant’s Brief, [Doc.
No. 10-1], is STRICKEN.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the portion of Appellant’s Brief that cites the
Appendix is STRICKEN.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Appellant is given 14 days from the date of this
Opinion, Memorandum and Order to file an amended brief.
Dated this 22nd day of June, 2015.
HENRY EDWARD AUTREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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