Days Inns Worldwide Inc v. Patel
ORDER granting 4 Motion to Enforce Permanent Injunction. Signed by the Honorable R Bryan Harwell on 7/29/2014. (hcic, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Days Inns Worldwide, Inc.,
Champak K. Patel,
Civil Action No.: 4:14-cv-2521-RBH
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff Days Inn Worldwide, Inc.’s (“DIW”) Motion to
Enforce Permanent Injunction and for Rule to Show Cause. See Mot., ECF No. 4. This motion
seeks an Order (1) finding Defendant Champak K. Patel (“Defendant”) in violation of a Permanent
Injunction Order issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey1 and (2)
providing relief to DIW as a result of Defendant’s violation. For the reasons set forth below, the
Court grants DIW’s Motion to Enforce Permanent Injunction.
DIW and Defendant were parties to a December 21, 2001 license agreement that governed
Defendant’s operation of a guest lodging facility in Conway, South Carolina (“License
Agreement”). See License Agreement, ECF No. 4-3 at 7–42. After Defendant failed to comply
with his contractual duties and obligations, DIW terminated the License Agreement by letter dated
August 4, 2011. See Letter, ECF No. 4-3 at 44–55. The termination of the License Agreement also
precluded Defendant from any further use of Days Inn® Marks or marks confusingly similar to
Days Inn® Marks. See id. at 46.
Despite repeated notices and attempts to get Defendant to comply with his post-termination
obligations under the License Agreement, Defendant’s defaults continued. See Aff. of Suzanne
See Order, Days Inns Worldwide, Inc. v. Champak K. Patel, No. 13-1008 (FSH) (MAH) (D.N.J. July 25, 2013).
Fenimore, ECF No. 4-2 at ¶ 11.
Accordingly, on February 20, 2013, DIW filed a Verified
Complaint for damages and permanent injunctive relief in the United States District Court for the
District of New Jersey. Defendant defaulted in the New Jersey Action and a Permanent Injunction
Order was issued on July 25, 2013.2 The Defendant was sent a copy of the Permanent Injunction
Order by U.S. Mail and Certified Mail on August 9, 2013. See Letter, ECF No. 4-9 at 5. This
Court has received a Certification of Judgment for Registration in Another District from the Clerk
of Court for the District of New Jersey. See Certification, ECF No. 1-1. There is no record of any
appeal of the Permanent Injunction Order.
When Defendant continued to violate the plain and unambiguous terms of the Permanent
Injunction Order, DIW filed the instant action in the Florence Division, in which Defendant and his
hotel are located. DIW filed a Motion to Enforce Permanent Injunction and for Rule to Show Cause
on December 3, 2013. See Mot., ECF No. 4. On April 23, 2014, the Court issued a Notice of
Hearing and Rule to Show Cause ordering Defendant to appear before the undersigned and show
cause why he had not complied with the District of New Jersey’s Permanent Injunction Order and
why he should not be held in contempt of court and subject to appropriate sanctions. See Notice of
Hearing and Rule to Show Cause, ECF No. 7 at 1. The Court directed DIW to properly serve a
copy of both the Notice of Hearing and Rule to Show Cause and the Motion to Enforce Permanent
Injunction and for Rule to Show Cause. Id. at 2. On June 24, 2014, DIW provided proof of service
of these documents. See USM Return of Service, ECF No. 13.
The hearing on the Motion to Enforce and Rule to Show Cause was held on June 27, 2014 at
9:30 a.m. at the United States District Court in Florence, South Carolina. Attorney Billy McGee
appeared on behalf of Plaintiff DIW. Although the hearing was scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.,
Defendant was not present at that time. Accordingly, the Court waited an additional thirty minutes
See supra note 1.
to see if Defendant, or any attorney on his behalf, would appear before beginning the proceedings.
Ultimately, nobody appeared on Defendant’s behalf.
Based on the evidence presented to the court and the arguments of Attorney McGee at the
hearing, the Court finds that Defendant was properly served with the Notice of Filing Judgment,
Certification of Judgment, Motion to Enforce Permanent Injunction and Notice of Hearing on May
28, 2014. Despite this, Defendant has not filed any documents with the Court in this matter and he
failed to appear at the June 27, 2014 hearing.
The only evidence before the Court is that the Defendant continues to violate the terms of
the Permanent Injunction Order. Defendant has failed or refused to de-identify his property as
ordered by the District Court of New Jersey, and he has failed or refused to appear before this Court
to explain his violations.
Based on the foregoing, it is therefore ORDERED that:
DIW’s motion is GRANTED and it is entitled to all relief sought therein. DIW shall
serve Defendant AND his hotel manager with a copy of this Order once it is entered with the Court;
Defendant is hereby found in CONTEMPT of the Permanent Injunction Order
issued by United States District Judge Faith S. Hochberg of the District of New Jersey;
Defendant is ORDERED to remove or cause to be removed at his expense all signs,
marks and other communications prohibited by the Permanent Injunction Order no later than thirty
(30) days from the date on which he is served with a copy of this Order. If Defendant fails to
comply with this Order, DIW is instructed to advise the Court in a written filing. DIW will then be
permitted to retain a contractor, who will be accompanied by a Deputy United States Marshal, to
remove the offending signs, marks and other communications at Defendant’s expense; and
Finally, the Court finds that DIW is entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees and costs
incurred in this action. This Court finds that the fees and costs identified in the submitted affidavit
from counsel for DIW, see ECF No. 15, are reasonable and were necessary to enforce its rights
under the Permanent Injunction Order. Therefore, judgment is hereby entered against Defendant in
the amount of $9,840.10.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
Florence, South Carolina
July 29, 2014
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