CalMat Co. v. Old Castle Precast, Inc. et al
ORDER ADOPTING 85 MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S PROPOSED FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDED DISPOSITION by District Judge Kenneth J. Gonzales; granting 111 Motion to Strike; and striking 115 , 119 through 125 . (tah)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
CV 16-26 KG/WPL
OLDCASTLE PRECAST, INC.,
KRAFT AMERICAS, L.P., a limited
partnership, RUNE KRAFT,
KRAFT AMERICAS HOLDINGS, INC.,
and JOHN DOES 1-5,
ORDER ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S
PROPOSED FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDED DISPOSITION
This matter comes before the Court on:
1) the Magistrate Judge’s Proposed Findings and Recommended Disposition (“PFRD”)
2) Rune Kraft’s “Notice to the Court About Document 12” (Doc. 93);
3) Rune Kraft’s “Judicial Notice – Perjury and Subornation of Perjury is Conduct Subject to
Imprisonment, Not an Award of Attorneys’ Fees” (Doc. 94);
4) CalMat Co.’s Motion to Strike Documents 93 and 94 (Doc. 111);
5) Rune Kraft as Amici Curiae’s “Response to Plaintiff CalMat Co.s [sic] Motion to Strike
Notice to the Court About Document 12 and Judicial Notice – Perjury and Subornation of
Perjury is Conduct Subject to Imprisonment, Not an Award of Attorneys’ Fees” (Doc.
6) CalMat Co.’s Reply (Doc. 117);
7) Rune Kraft’s “Notice of Appearance” on behalf of Kraft Americas Holdings, Inc.
(“KAHI”) (Doc. 119);
8) Rune Kraft’s “Motion to Suspend the Court’s Rules” on behalf of KAHI (Doc. 120);
9) Rune Kraft’s “Motion to Deny CalMat Co.’s Request for Attorneys’ Fees as Perjury and
Subornation of Perjury is Conduct Subject to Imprisonment, Not an Award of Attorneys’
Fees” on behalf of KAHI (Doc. 121);
10) Rune Kraft’s “Judicial Notice – The Court’s Records Do Not Reflect Kraft Americas
Holdings, Inc.’s Legal Position” on behalf of KAHI (Doc. 122);
11) Rune Kraft’s “Judicial Notice – CalMat Co., Waycor Materials’ Alleged Successor is in
Serious Breach of Contract and is Continuing to Act in Defiance of the Contract” on
behalf of KAHI (Doc. 123);
12) Rune Kraft’s “Motion to Enforce Specific Performance and Set Aside All Orders that
Interfere with KAHI’s Contractual Rights” on behalf of KAHI (Doc. 124); and
13) Rune Kraft’s “Motion to Dismiss Based on Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(1) and/or Fed.R.Civ.P.
12(h)(3)” on behalf of KAHI (Doc. 125).
As explained herein, the Court adopts the PFRD as its own Order; enters adverse judgment
against Kraft Americas, L.P., and dismisses Kraft Americas, L.P., from this case; grants
CalMat’s motion to strike; strikes documents 93-94, 115, and 119-125; and issues one final
warning to Rune Kraft that continued filings on behalf of KAHI or any other entity will result in
sanctions, up to and including monetary sanctions, contempt proceedings, and referral to the
State Bar of New Mexico for the unauthorized practice of law.
In reviewing a PFRD, the Court must make de novo determination of those portions of
the PFRD to which any party made proper objections. FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b)(3); 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1)(C). The parties were cautioned that failure to timely object would result in a waiver
of appellate review. No party objected to the PFRD. Accordingly, the PFRD (Doc. 85) is adopted
as an Order of this Court. To the extent that Document 12 constitutes an answer on behalf of
Defendant Kraft Americas, L.P., the Court strikes that document. Kraft Americas, L.P., is hereby
adjudged to have no interest or claim to the royalty payments at issue in this case and adverse
judgment is entered against Kraft Americas, L.P. Kraft Americas, L.P., is dismissed from this
CalMat filed a motion to strike Documents 93 and 94, which were filed by Rune Kraft.
(Doc. 111.) In Document 93, Rune Kraft attempted to clarify the position of Kraft Americas,
L.P., and who filed Document 12. In Document 94, Rune Kraft argues that CalMat and its
attorneys have committed perjury and subornation of perjury. CalMat moves to strike both
filings because, among other reasons, Rune Kraft is not a party to this case and has no standing
to file papers.
Rune Kraft, proceeding pro se, filed a motion to dismiss the interpleader complaint
against him on April 19, 2016. (Doc. 16.) The Court granted in part that motion and dismissed
Rune Kraft from this case on October 5, 2016. (Docs. 56, 57.) Upon his dismissal from the case,
on his own motion, Rune Kraft is no longer a party to this matter. Rune Kraft is not a defendant
in this matter, does not purport to be a plaintiff, and would not have standing to proceed as a
plaintiff, see Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S.Ct. 1540, 1547 (2016) (To have standing, the plaintiff
“must have (1) suffered an injury in fact, (2) that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct of
the defendant, and (3) that is likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial decision.” (quoting
Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555, 560-61 (1992))), and therefore has no basis for
further participation in this case. Rune Kraft’s filings up to this point have been considered but
do not alter the landscape of this matter. As such, CalMat’s motion to strike documents 93 and
94 is granted.
Next, Rune Kraft filed “Response to Plaintiff CalMat Co.s [sic] Motion to Strike Notice
to the Court About Document 12 and Judicial Notice – Perjury and Subornation of Perjury is
Conduct Subject to Imprisonment, Not an Award of Attorneys’ Fees,” purporting to be amici
curiae of the Court. (Doc. 115.) The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not explicitly provide
for amicus briefs in district court. However, it is within the court’s discretion to allow an amicus
brief. See, e.g., Nat’l Org. for Women, Inc. v. Scheidler, 223 F.3d 615, 616 (7th Cir. 2000)
(“Whether to permit a nonparty to submit a brief, as amicus curiae, is, with immaterial
exceptions, a matter of judicial grace.” (citing cases)). Rune Kraft did not move for leave to file
an amicus brief. Had he done so, leave would have been denied. Because Rune Kraft is not a
party to this matter and did not have leave to file the purported amicus brief, Document 115 is
Rune Kraft, who does not allege that he is an attorney, then attempted to file a notice of
appearance on behalf of KAHI. (Doc. 119.) Counsel for KAHI was permitted to withdraw on
March 2, 2017. (Doc. 114.) KAHI was expressly warned that it must be represented by counsel
pursuant to Local Rule 83.7. (Id.) Further, Judge Lynch warned KAHI that “[a]bsent entry of
appearance by a new attorney, any filing by KAHI may be stricken and default judgment or other
sanctions imposed.” (Id. at 2.)
The Court previously warned Rune Kraft that, under Local Rule 83.7, he could not
legally represent an entity. (Doc. 56); see also 28 U.S.C. § 1654 (“non-attorney pro se litigants
cannot represent other pro se parties”). Rune Kraft is again reminded that, as a non-attorney, he
cannot represent any entity. Should he persist in this course of action and continue attempting to
represent KAHI or any other entity, Rune Kraft will become subject to sanctions, including
monetary sanctions, contempt proceedings, and referral to the State Bar of New Mexico for the
unauthorized practice of law.
Because KAHI was warned that filings made by anyone other than an attorney, and
because Rune Kraft is not an attorney, all filings made by Rune Kraft on behalf of KAHI are
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
1. The PFRD (Doc. 85) is adopted as an Order of the Court, as described herein;
2. Adverse judgment is entered against Kraft Americas, L.P.;
3. Kraft Americas, L.P., is dismissed;
4. CalMat’s motion to strike (Doc. 111) is granted and Docs. 93 and 94 are hereby stricken;
5. Rune Kraft is warned that further attempts to file documents on behalf of KAHI will
result in sanctions; and
6. Docs. 115, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, and 125 are hereby stricken, pursuant to Doc.
114 and the prohibition of non-lawyers practicing law.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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