Gascho v. Global Fitness Holdings, LLC
OPINION & ORDER - Before this matter is set for a hearing, Tomi Anne Pulliam and Stephen Paul SHALL NOTIFY the Court within seven (7) days if they wish to rest on the evidence adduced a the final hearing held on 7/7/2017. As to Stephen Paul's Objection to Preliminary Injunction, Mr. Paul's objection is OVERRULED. Signed by Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus on 7/11/2017. (mas)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
AMBER GASCHO, et al.,
On behalf of themselves and all
others similarly situated
Case No. 2:ll-cv-436
CHIEF JUDGE EDMUND A. SARGUS, JR.
Magistrate Judge Norah MeCann King
GLOBAL FITNESS HOLDINGS, LLC,
OPINION & ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Stephen Paul's Request for Separate Hearing on Show
Cause and Objection to Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 224) and Tomi Anne Pulliam's Request
for Separate Hearing (ECF No. 222).
Plaintiffs filed a motion on June 13,2017 asking the Court to order Tomi Anne Pulliam
and Stephen Paul, as former managers of Global Fimess Holdings, LLC, to appear and show
cause why they should not be held in civil contempt. (ECF No. 218.) Tomi Anne Pulliam and
Stephen Paul filed responses in June 23,2017. (ECF Nos. 219,220.) A final hearing was held on
July 7,2017 on Plaintiffs' related motion with respect to Global Fitness Holdings, LLC, and its
other two owners/mangers Royce Pulliam and Laurence Paul. On July 5,2017, the Court ordered
Tomi Anne Pulliam and Stephen Paul to appear show cause why they should not be held in civil
contempt, and allowed them the choice of either appearing at the July 7 hearing or requesting
their own separate hearing. (ECF No. 221.) In response, Tomi Anne Pulliam and Stephen Paul
filed the instant requests for a separate hearing.
Before this matter is set for a hearing, Tomi Anne Pulliam and Stephen Paul SHALL
NOTIFY the Court within seven (7) days if they wish to rest on the evidence adduced at the
final hearing held on July 7,2017 (in addition to the evidence presented at the initial hearing on
May 15,2017). If the parties renew their request for a separate hearing, the Court will issue an
expedited briefing schedule and set the matter for a hearing forthwith.
With respect to Stephen Paul's Objection to Preliminary Injunction, Mr. Paul argues that
Plaintiffs did not request injunctive relief in their Motion to Show Cause and that its entry is
contrary to public policy and the Court's personal jurisdiction over Mr. Paul. (ECF No. 224 at 1.)
Plaintiffs have alleged that "the evidence supporting the preliminary injunction ... against
Royce Pulliam and Laurence Paul is identical and equally applicable to Tomi Anne Pulliam and
Stephen Paul." (ECF No. 218 at 4.) In his response, Mr. Paul presents no facts that would
distinguish him from Royce Pulliam or Laurence Paul and lead to a different outcome. Because
the Court finds no reason why Stephen Paul and Tomi Anne Pulliam, as equal members of
Global Fitness during the relevant time period, should not be subject to the same treatment as
fellow members Royce Pulliam and Laurence Paul, Mr. Paul's objection is OVERRULED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
CHIEF tWITCD STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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