Town of Belhaven et al v. Pantego Creek, LLC et al
ORDER granting 13 Motion Declaratory Relief or, In the Alternative, Motion to Dissolve Temporary Restraining Order. Counsel is reminded to read the order in its entirety. Signed by Chief Judge James C. Dever III on 10/15/2014. (Edwards, S.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
TOWN OF BELLHAVEN, N.C.,
THE NORTH CAROLINA NAACP
STATE CONFERENCE OF BRANCHES,
THE HYDE COUNTY NAACP BRANCH,
and THE BEAUFORT COUNTY NAACP
PANTEGO CREEK, LLC, and
VIDANT HEALTH, INC.,
On August 19, 2014, defendants Pantego Creek, LLC, and Vidant Health, Inc., filed a notice
of removal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1441(a) and 1446 [D.E. 1]. When defendants removed the
action, a state court temporary restraining order was in effect. On September 2, 2014, defendant
Vidant Health, Inc., ("Vidant Health") filed a motion for declaratory relief or, in the alternative, a
motion to dissolve the state court temporary restraining order [D.E. 13] and a supporting
memorandum [D.E. 14]. Plaintiffs did not respond to the motion.
The temporary restraining order that the North Carolina Court of Justice, Superior Court
Division issued on August 14,2014, expired on August 25,2014. See [D.E. 13-1]. The temporary
restraining order no longer has any effect on the defendants.
Granny Goose Foods, Inc.
v. Bhd. of Teamsters, 415 U.S. 423, 439-40 (1974). Moreover, any order that the North Carolina
Court of Justice, Superior Court Division issued after removal, including any order entered on
August 25, 2014, is void.
Ackerman v. ExxonMobil Corp., 734 F.3d 237, 249 (4th Cir.
2013); Yarnevic v. Brink's Inc., 102 F.3d 753, 754 (4th Cir. 1996); 28 U.S.C. § 1446(d).
In sum, the court GRANTS Vidant Health's motion for declaratory relief and to dissolve the
state court temporary restraining order [D .E. 13].
SO ORDERED. This J..S... day of October 2014.
Chief United States District Judge
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