Geico Indemnity Company v. Goldstein

Filing 48

ORDER. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED 15 Motion to Dismiss is DENIED as moot. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that 17 Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED without prejudice. Signed by Judge Andrew P. Gordon on 3/31/16. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - TR)

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 3 *** 4 5 GEICO INDEMNITY COMPANY, Plaintiff, 6 v. 7 8 STEVEN GOLDSTEIN, et al., Defendants. 9 10 GEICO INDEMNITY COMPANY, 11 12 13 14 Lead Case: 2:15-cv-00340–APG–PAL ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS AND DENYING GEICO’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT WITHOUT PREJUDICE (Dkt. #15, #17) Plaintiff, Member Case: 2:15-cv-00485–APG–PAL vs. CAROLYN MANN, et al., Defendants. 15 16 Thomas Meyers and David Mann died in a car accident, which resulted in two lawsuits 17 that are now consolidated here. The first lawsuit (Case No. 2:15-cv-00340) is a declaratory relief 18 action brought by GEICO against Steven Goldstein, the administrator of Meyer’s estate. 19 Goldstein moved to dismiss GEICO’s complaint, arguing that GEICO’s claim sounds in tort and 20 is not the proper subject of a declaratory relief action. (Dkt. #15.) Shortly thereafter, GEICO 21 moved for summary judgment on its declaratory relief claim. (Dkt. #17.) The second lawsuit 22 (Case No. 2:15-cv-00485) asserts breach-of-contract and tort claims by Mann’s wife against 23 GEICO. Mann’s lawsuit was consolidated with GEICO’s declaratory relief action after the two 24 pending motions were filed. 25 Because Mann’s claims have been consolidated with GEICO’s declaratory relief action, I 26 deny Goldstein’s motion to dismiss as moot. And because GEICO moved for summary judgment 27 before the two actions were consolidated, Mann did not have an opportunity to file an opposition 28 1 to GEICO’s motion. Given the intertwined nature of the two lawsuits and the relief sought, 2 fairness dictates that Mann be allowed a chance to oppose GIECO’s motion. Thus, I deny 3 GEICO’s motion for summary judgment without prejudice. 4 5 6 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Steven Goldstein’s motion to dismiss (Dkt. #15) is DENIED as moot. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that GEICO’s motion for summary judgment (Dkt. #17) is 7 DENIED without prejudice. GEICO may refile the motion, or file an updated version, if it 8 chooses. 9 DATED this 31st day of March, 2016. 10 11 ANDREW P. GORDON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Page 2 of 2

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