Stooksbury v. Ross et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 1039 Motion for Disbursement of Funds. The compensation and expenses requested by the Receiver are REASONABLE, and they are APPROVED. The Receiver SHALL DISBURSE the $4,844.91 requested in the Fi fteenth Application to himself as compensation for services and reimbursement for expenses for the period from August 1 to August 31, 2013; and The $83,411.75 in fees and $725.55 in expenses incurred by WMBAC in serving as counsel to the Re ceiver during the period from June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013, are REASONABLE. The Receivers request that WMBAC be reimbursed for these fees and expenses, as funds come available, is APPROVED, subject to further order of the Court.Signed by Magistrate Judge H Bruce Guyton on 10/25/2013. (KAW)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
ROBERT T. STOOKSBURY, JR.,
MICHAEL L. ROSS, et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This case is before the undersigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, the Rules of this Court,
and Standing Order 13-02.
The Receiver has filed a Fifteenth Application for Interim
Compensation and Expense Reimbursement [Doc. 1039].
The Receiver moves the Court to approve payment to the Receiver for the reasonable and
necessary services he rendered between August 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013 in the amount of
$4,844.91, representing $4,768.75 in fees and $76.16 in direct expenses. He also requests that
the Court approve the attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred through Woolf, McClane, Bright,
Allen & Carpenter, PLLC (“WMBAC”) for the period from June 1, 2013, through August 31,
2013. The services rendered WMBAC total $83,411.75, and WMBAC has incurred expenses of
$725.55 through its work.
The Receiver represents that as of August 31, 2013, the Receivership account contained
$102,523.11 [Doc. 1039-3].
On August 20 and 30, 2013, the undersigned authorized the
disbursement of approximately $13,000.00 from the Receivership account. [See Docs. 1003,
1010]. The Court’s review of the August 2013 account statement for the Receivership account
indicates that these disbursements had not yet cleared the account as of August 31, 2013. [See
Nonetheless, the Court finds that these disbursements would not deplete the
Receivership account to a level where the instant request for $4,844.91, could not be paid from
Further, the Court finds that as of August 31, 2013, the Plaintiff had not yet deposited any
moneys pursuant to the Order the Court entered on September 20, 2013, [Doc. 1037], which is
now the subject of a Motion for Reconsideration. Thus, the Court finds that it is not appropriate
to delay the adjudication of this interim request for reimbursement based upon the Motion for
With the instant request, the Receiver has submitted an Invoice of Services rendered in
August 2013, detailing the time spent on various tasks in furtherance of the duties established by
the Court. [Doc. 1039-1]. He has also submitted invoices for the same period, detailing the outof-pocket expenses the Receiver incurred in furtherance of these duties. [Id.]. WMBAC has
filed documents evidencing the professional and paraprofessional time expended between June 1,
2013, and August 31, 2013, and the rates billed for such time. [Doc. 1039-4]. The Court has
also reviewed the WMBAC billing entries, which were filed under seal, and finds that they are
reasonable. [See Doc. 1070].
The Receiver’s Fifteenth Application was filed September 25, 2013, and his request and
the supporting invoices have been available for review to the parties. No party or interested
person has objected to the compensation and expenses submitted. The time for doing so has
expired. See, generally, E.D. Tenn. L.R. 7.1.
Accordingly, the Court finds that:
1. The Receiver’s Fifteenth Interim Application to Pay Receiver’s Fees and Approve
Receiver’s Attorneys’ Fees and Costs [Doc. 1039] is well-taken, and it is GRANTED;
2. The compensation and expenses requested by the Receiver are REASONABLE, and
they are APPROVED. The Receiver SHALL DISBURSE the $4,844.91 requested in
the Fifteenth Application to himself as compensation for services and reimbursement for
expenses for the period from August 1 to August 31, 2013; and
3. The $83,411.75 in fees and $725.55 in expenses incurred by WMBAC in serving as
counsel to the Receiver during the period from June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013, are
REASONABLE. The Receiver’s request that WMBAC be reimbursed for these fees
and expenses, as funds come available, is APPROVED, subject to further order of the
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s H. Bruce Guyton
United States Magistrate Judge
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