Ferrara et al v. Metro D Excavation & Foundation, Inc.
ORDER granting 12 Motion to Compel: See attached Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom on 2/22/2012. (Turilli, Michael)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
JOSEPH A. FERRARA, SR., FRANK H.
FINKEL, MARC HERBST, DENISE
RICHARDSON, THOMAS CORBETT,
ANTHONY D’AQUILA, THOMAS
GESUALDI, LOUIS BISIGNANO, DOMINICK
MARROCCO, and ANTHONY PIROZZI,
as Trustees and Fiduciaries of the Local 282
Welfare Trust Fund, the Local 282 Pension
Trust Fund, the Local 282 Annuity Trust Fund,
the Local 282 Job Training Fund, and the Local
282 Vacation and Sick Leave Trust Fund,
10 CV 4215 (SLT)(LB)
-againstMETRO D EXCAVACTION & FOUNDATION,
BLOOM, United States Magistrate Judge:
Plaintiffs move pursuant to Rule 37 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to compel
defendant to respond to post-judgment discovery requests and to appear for a deposition.
(Docket entry 12.) “Discovery of a judgment debtor’s assets is conducted routinely under the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” First City, Texas-Houston, N.A. v. Rafidain Bank, 281 F.3d
48, 54 (2d Cir. 2002). Rule 69(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that “[i]n
the aid of the judgment or execution, the judgment creditor . . . may obtain discovery from any
person—including the judgment debtor—as provided in these rules or by the procedure of the
state where the court is located.”
Article 52 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules (“CPLR”) governs the procedure for postjudgment discovery under New York law. Section 5223 of the CPLR provides that “at any time
before a judgment is satisfied or vacated, the judgment creditor may compel disclosure of all
matter relevant to the satisfaction of the judgment, by serving upon any person a subpoena . . . .”
Section 5224(a) of the CPLR sets forth the various kinds of subpoenas that may be used by a
judgment creditor, including a subpoena requiring attendance for the taking of a deposition, a
subpoena duces tecum requiring the production of books and papers for examination, and an
information subpoena. Under Rule 37(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a judgment
creditor may seek to compel a judgment debtor’s compliance with post-judgment discovery
requests made pursuant to the Federal Rules or Section 5224 of the CPLR. See U.S. Bancorp
Equip. Fin., Inc. v. Babylon Transit, Inc., 270 F.R.D. 136, 141 (E.D.N.Y. 2010) (granting motion
to compel responses to post-judgment interrogatories and document requests made pursuant to
the Federal Rules); Beller & Keller v. Kindor, No. 94 Civ. 7682 (RPP), 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS
13171, at *8 (S.D.N.Y. June 4, 2003) (granting motion to compel responses to post-judgment
interrogatories made pursuant to Section 5224 of the CPLR).
On August 16, 2011, the Court entered a default judgment against defendant for
$49,735.67. (Docket entry 11.) On September 7, 2011, plaintiffs sent an information subpoena
to defendant pursuant to Section 5224 of the CPLR. (Docket entry 12, at Ex. B.) On November
22, 2011, plaintiffs served defendant with a subpoena duces tecum pursuant to Section 5224 of
the CPLR, seeking the production of certain documents by January 9, 2012 and commanding the
appearance of a representative from Metro D Excavation & Foundation, Inc. for a deposition on
January 26, 2012. (Docket entry 12, at Ex. C and D.) Defendant failed to appear for the
deposition and failed to respond to the information subpoena or the subpoena seeking the
production of documents. (Docket entries 12, at Ex. E.)
In light of plaintiffs’ good faith effort to seek discovery which it is entitled to obtain
under Rule 69 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and defendant’s willful failure to comply
with any of plaintiffs’ post-judgment discovery requests, the Court hereby grants plaintiffs’
motion to compel. Defendant shall respond to plaintiffs’ information subpoena and produce all
documents responsive to plaintiffs’ subpoena duces tecum by March 16, 2012. An appropriate
representative of Metro D Excavation & Foundation, Inc. shall appear for a deposition on March
27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of Cohen, Weiss, and Simon LLP, 330 West 42nd Street, 25th
Floor, New York, New York. This is a Court Order and defendant must comply. Defendant
is hereby warned that if it fails to respond to plaintiffs’ information subpoena or request for
production of documents, or fails to timely appear for the deposition on March 27, 2012, the
Court shall impose sanctions which may include contempt of court.
See Fed. R. Civ. P.
37(b)(2)(A) (“If a party or a party’s officer, director or managing agent . . . fails to obey an order
to provide or permit discovery . . . the court where the action is pending may issue further just
orders . . . includ[ing] the following: (vii) treating as contempt of court the failure to obey an
Plaintiffs are hereby ordered to serve a copy of this Order upon defendant at its last
known addresses and file proof of service with the Court forthwith.
United States Magistrate Judge
Dated: February 22, 2012
Brooklyn, New York
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