Watterson et al v. Burgess et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 290 Plaintiff Randolph A. Watterson's Motion for Sanctions. Signed by Magistrate Judge David Keesler on 4/4/19. (Pro se litigant served by US Mail.)(mga)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:13-CV-159-FDW-DCK
JEFFREY RANDOLPH WATTERSON, and
RANDOLPH ALEXANDER WATTERSON,
JENNIFER HOYLE, et al.,
THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE COURT on Plaintiff Randolph A. Watterson’s
“Motion For Sanctions” (Document No. 290). The pending motion has been referred to the
undersigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b), and immediate review is
appropriate. After careful consideration of the motion and the record, the undersigned will grant
the motion in part and deny the motion in part.
By the instant motion, Plaintiff seeks sanctions against Len G. Kornberg, counsel for
Defendant Jennifer Hoyle. (Document No. 290). The crux of Plaintiff’s motion is the allegation
that Mr. Kornberg intentionally failed to serve Plaintiff a copy of Defendant Hoyle’s “Amended
Response To Plaintiff’s Motion For Fees” (Document No. 287), and that Mr. Kornberg falsely
represented to the Court in a Certificate of Service that he had served Plaintiff Randolph A.
Watterson. (Document No. 290); see also (Document No. 287, p. 5).
Plaintiff’s requested relief includes: sanctions against Mr. Kornberg; the granting of his
pending “Bill Of Costs” (Document No. 286); and a copy of Defendant Hoyle’s “Amended
Response To Plaintiff’s Motion For Fees” (Document No. 287).
The undersigned will decline to award sanctions at this time. In short, the undersigned is
not persuaded that sanctions are appropriate here. However, the undersigned will respectfully
suggest that counsel for Defendants in this matter serve any future filings on Plaintiff by certified
mail, return receipt requested. In addition, the Court will send Plaintiff a copy of the requested
document to Plaintiff. Finally, the undersigned expresses no opinion regarding Plaintiff’s “Bill of
Costs” (Document No. 286), which will be addressed by the Court at a later date.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiff Randolph A. Watterson’s “Motion For
Sanctions” (Document No. 290) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part, as set forth herein.
The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order and the “Amended Response
To Plaintiff’s Motion For Fees” (Document No. 287) to Plaintiff Randolph A. Watterson by
certified United States mail, return receipt requested.
Signed: April 4, 2019
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