Caplin v. Trans1, Inc. et al
ORDER STAYING CASE - This action is STAYED as to any claims asserted against TranS1, Inc. However, it is unclear whether this action should be stayed as to Defendants Reali, Slattery, Randall, and Luetkemeyer. The parties are DIRECTED to brief whet her this case may proceed as to the individual defendants. The parties shall have up to and including December 12, 2014 to file their briefs. When the briefs are filed, the parties may move to respond if they wish to do so. Signed by Senior Judge James C. Fox on 11/20/2014. (Tripp, S.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
JOEL CAPLIN, Individually and on Behalf of )
All Other Persons Similarly Situated,
TRANS 1, INC., KENNETH REALI,
JOSEPH P. SLATTERY, RICHARD
RANDALL, and MICHAEL
The court takes judicial notice of the automatic stay in effect as the result of the
bankruptcy petition filed by Defendant TranS 1, Inc. ("TranS 1") in the Bankruptcy Court for the
District of Delaware. See Notice of Bankruptcy Filing and Automatic Stay [DE-68] (the
"Notice"). Consequently, this action is STAYED as to any claims asserted against TranS 1.
However, it is unclear whether this action should be stayed as to Defendants Reali, Slattery,
Randall, and Luetkemeyer (the "Individual Defendants"). The Notice's language implies that the
entire action pending before this court is automatically stayed. While it is true that Section 362(a)
of the Bankruptcy Code operates as an automatic stay as to the bankruptcy petitioner, see 11
U.S.C. § 362(a), "[i]t is well established that the automatic stay does not extend to a debtor's
non-bankrupt co-defendants even if they are in a similar legal or factual nexus with the debtor,"
In re 3901 Foods, LLC, No. 09-06772-8-JRL, 2009 WL 2982774, at* 1 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. Sept.
10, 2009) (internal quotation marks omitted). Accordingly, the parties are DIRECTED to brief
whether this case may proceed as to the Individual Defendants. The parties shall have up to and
including December 12, 2014 to file their briefs. When the briefs are filed, the parties may move
to respond ifthey wish to do so.
This, the':loday ofNovember, 2014.
Senior United States District Judge
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