Shotwell Landfill, Inc. et al v. LSCG Fund 18, LLC
ORDER denying 1 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by Senior Judge W. Earl Britt on 8/22/2014. (Marsh, K)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
SHOTWELL LANDFILL, INC., et al.,
LSCG FUND 18, LLC,
SHOTWELL LANDFILL, INC., et al.,
This matter is before the court on appellee/debtors’ motion to dismiss LSCG Fund 18,
LLC’s (“LSCG”) appeal from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephani W. Humrickhouse’s 13 June
2014 Order. (DE # 1.) LSCG filed a response in opposition to the motion. (DE # 2.)
In the order from which LSCG appeals, Judge Humrickhouse denied the motion of David
A. Cook and LSCG to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee under 11 U.S.C. § 1104(a). (DE # 1-1.)
Appellees contend that this order is interlocutory in nature and therefore not appealable now.
(Mot., DE # 1, ¶ 3.) Under 28 U.S.C. § 158, this court has jurisdiction to hear appeals from final
orders of the bankruptcy court as well as appeals from interlocutory orders where the appellant's
motion for leave to appeal has been granted. In considering whether it had jurisdiction over the
district court’s order denying a motion for the appointment of a trustee pursuant to § 1104(a), the
Fourth Circuit explained:
For purposes of this appeal, we will deem the order immediately
reviewable as a final decision under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. While the
court's order is perhaps not “final” in the technical sense,
considerations unique to bankruptcy appeals require that courts
consider “finality in a more pragmatic and less technical way in
bankruptcy cases than in other situations.” In re Amatex Corp.,
755 F.2d 1034, 1039 (3d Cir.1985). Such considerations include
the protracted nature of bankruptcy proceedings and the large
number of parties interested in the proceedings. “To avoid the
waste of time and resources that might result from reviewing
discrete portions of the action only after a plan of reorganization is
approved, courts have permitted appellate review of orders that in
other contexts might be considered interlocutory.” Id.; see also In
re Paolino, 60 B.R. 828 (Bankr.E.D.Pa.1986) (district court, using
the analysis in Amatex, treated as a final order for purposes of
appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 158, the bankruptcy court's order
appointing a trustee). Accordingly, we will address the appeal on
Comm. of Dalkon Shield Claimants v. A.H. Robins Co., 828 F.2d 239, 241 (4th Cir. 1987). Cf.
Modanlo v. Ahan (In re Modanlo), 342 B.R. 238, 241 n.8 (D. Md. 2006) (relying on Dalkon
Shield and Harford v. Potomac Valley Farm Credit, ACA (In re Harford), No. 89-1844, 1990
WL 116729, at *1 (4th Cir. July 27, 1990) (unpublished), to conclude that the district court has
jurisdiction to hear appeal from order appointing a trustee). Accord Ritchie Special Credit Invs.,
Ltd. v. U.S. Tr., 620 F.3d 847, 852 (8th Cir. 2010) (collecting cases).
Based on the foregoing, the court concludes that the bankruptcy court’s 13 June 2014
order is final for purposes of § 158, and therefore, the court has jurisdiction over the appeal.
Appellees’ motion to dismiss is DENIED.
This 22 August 2014.
W. Earl Britt
Senior U.S. District Judge
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