Balles v. Sturgill et al
ORDER denying 8 Motion to Dismiss. So Ordered by Judge Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr. (dae)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Doris Balles v. Richard Culton Sturgill and Lisa B. Sturgill ORDER Doris Balles appeals the dismissal of her adversary action in the Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding of Richard C. Sturgill and Lisa B. Sturgill. son-in-law. The Sturgills are Balles's daughter and Civil No. 08-cv-502-JD
Balles's adversary action arises from a family
dispute about whether the Sturgills made false promises to Balles in exchange for part of the purchase price of Balles's house. The Sturgills move to dismiss the appeal on the ground that Balles failed to file her appellate brief within the time allowed. Balles filed her appeal on December 4, 2008. Notice of Bankruptcy
docketing the appeal was entered on December 5, 2008.
Rule 8009(a)(1) requires the appellant to file and serve her brief within fifteen days after the appeal is entered on the docket. Balles filed and served her brief on January 27, 2009,
and then refiled her brief on January 29, 2009, due to a filing error. The Sturgills filed their motion to dismiss on February
Balles has not filed a response to the motion to
dismiss, and the deadline has passed for doing so. Balles, who is represented by counsel, did not file her brief within the time allowed by Rule 8009(a)(1). 77.4(c)(3) provides: Local Rule
"If the appellant's brief is not received
within the time specified by B.R. 8009, the court will dismiss the appeal for lack of prosecution." Local Rule 77.4(c)(2)
requires that the notice of docketing include a briefing deadline. In this case, however, the notice of docketing did not "Filing
include a briefing deadline but instead stated:
requirements for bankruptcy appeals are outlined in Local Rule 77.4(c). Bankruptcy Appeal ready for review on 1/27/2009."
Although Local Rule 77.4(c)(3) refers to Bankruptcy Rule 8009, which provides the time allowed for filing an appeal, the notice could have been understood to set January 27, 2009, as the briefing deadline. allowed. Therefore, Balles's late-filed brief will be
Nevertheless, Balles's counsel is put on notice that
failure to comply with applicable rules and deadlines will result in sanctions, which may include dismissal. In addition, parties
are well-advised to respond to motions filed by the opposing party.
Conclusion For the foregoing reasons, the appellee's motion to dismiss (document no. 8) is denied.
____________________________ Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr. United States District Judge March 12, 2009 cc: Michael S. Askenaizer, Esquire Darlene M. Daniele, Esquire Geraldine L. Karonis, Esquire Lawrence P. Sumski, Esquire
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