Incentive Capital v. Camelot Entertainment Group et al
REPLY to Response to Motion re 83 MOTION for Leave to File Opposition to Motion to Dismiss today filed by Plaintiff Incentive Capital. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Pia, Joseph)
Joseph G. Pia (9945)
Nathan S. Dorius (8977)
PIA ANDERSON DORIUS REYNARD & MOSS
222 South Main Street, Suite 1800
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Telephone: (801) 350-9000
Facsimile: (801) 950-9010
Attorneys for Plaintiffs
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF UTAH, CENTRAL DIVISION
INCENTIVE CAPITAL, LLC, a Utah Limited
CAMELOT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP,
INC., a Delaware Corporation; CAMELOT
FILM GROUP, INC., a Nevada Corporation;
CAMELOT DISTRIBUTION GROUP, INC.,
a Nevada Corporation, ROBERT P. ATWELL,
an individual; JAMIE R. THOMPSON, an
individual; STEVEN ISTOCK, an individual;
TED BAER, an individual; PETER
JAROWEY, an individual,
COMBINED REPLY IN FURTHER
SUPPORT OF MOTION TO PERMIT
FILING OF OPPOSITION TO MOTION
TO DISMISS TODAY
OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STRIKE
Civil No. 2:11-cv-00288
Judge Clark Waddoups
(Oral Argument Requested)
Plaintiff Incentive Capital, LLC (“Plaintiff” or “Incentive”), by and through counsel of
record, hereby submits this Reply in Further Support of its Motion to Permit Filing of Opposition
to Motion to Dismiss Today (“Motion”).
Defendant Ted Baer is requesting that this Court rule on its Motion to Dismiss without
considering Plaintiff’s Opposition Memorandum. Mr. Baer’s argument is procedural, not
substantive. It is based on Plaintiff filing its Opposition one day after the Court ruled on
Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider granting an extension, and two days after the period
previously requested by Plaintiff expired.
By way of background, an Answer or other responsive pleading was due to be filed by
Mr. Baer on or before May 16, 2011 [Dckt. Entry No. 25]. Defendants Camelot Entertainment
Group, Inc., Camelot Film Group, Inc., Camelot Distribution Group, Inc., Robert P. Atwell,
Jamie R. Thompson, Steven Istock (“Camelot Defendants”) and Peter Jarowey were required to
file Answers or other responsive pleadings by May 23, 2011. [Dckt. Entry Nos. 12-18].
Mr. Baer filed a Motion to Dismiss on May 16, 2011 [Dckt. Entry No. 42]. The
Camelot Defendants filed for several extensions to Answer that were granted, resulting in a
liberal sixty-four (64) day extension [Dckt Entry. No. 63]. In light of these extensions, Plaintiff
also sought an extension whereby it might respond to Mr. Baer’s Motion to Dismiss five days
after the Camelot Defendants filed their Answer. This request was granted [Dckt. Entry No. 65].
Defendant filed a Motion to Reconsider the order [Dckt Entry No. 71].
Before the Court had ruled on the Motion to Reconsider, the five day term requested by
Plaintiff came due on August 3, 2011 (excluding the weekend). Baer Opp., at 2. The next day
on August 4, 2011, the Court entered a minute entry stating that it had reconsidered its order and
“conclude[d] that the grant was correct” [Dckt Entry No. 80]. Plaintiff’s counsel happened to be
out of state on a family vacation at the time the Order was issued and did not see it until the next
morning, at which point he immediately prepared the Motion. See Decl. of Pia, at ¶¶ 1-9,
attached hereto as Exhibit A.1 The Opposition brief to the Motion to Dismiss had already been
prepared and was filed that same day, August 5, 2011. Id.
Mr. Baer’s counsel argues that Plaintiff’s Opposition should be disregarded because it
was filed two days late. Defendant is hoping to gain a substantive windfall (i.e., dismissal from
this case) from a de minimis procedural mistake. The Federal Rules, governing case law, and the
dictates of reason and justice dictate otherwise.
Plaintiff has met the “excusable neglect” standard under Federal Rule 6(b). Determining
whether a party’s neglect is excusable “is at bottom an equitable one, taking account of all
relevant circumstances surrounding the party's omission.” U.S. v. Torres, 372 F.3d 1159, 1162
(10th Cir. 2004) (quoting Pioneer Inv. Servs. Co. v. Brunswick Assocs. Ltd. P’ship, 507 U.S. 380,
395 (1993). There are four factors to consider in determining excusable neglect, including the
danger of prejudice to the nonmoving party, the length of the delay and its potential impact on
judicial proceedings, the reason for the delay, and whether the movant acted in good faith. See
id. All four of these factors weigh in favor of the Plaintiff.
There is no prejudice to Mr. Baer because the delay was minimal. See e.g. Smith v.
Rockett, No. CIV-06-492-M, 2010 WL 274497, at *3 (W.D. Okla., Jan. 15, 2010) (excusable
neglect present where one month delay in filing an answer); Scott v. Power Plant Maint.
Specialists, Inc., No. 09-CV-2591-KHV, 2010 WL 1881058, at *3 (D. Kan., May 10, 2010)
(excusable neglect present where delay was less than two months). Furthermore, the length of
Mr. Baer’s counsel complains that Plaintiff’s attorney’s representation that he was out of town
on a family vacation and did not see the Court’s ruling until August 5, 2011 lacks credibility
because a declaration was not filed in its support, notwithstanding the fact that Mr. Pia signed the
Memorandum himself. Attached as Exhibit A is a declaration in support of these statements.
the delay—a mere 2 days—which is far less than the two months referred to in Scott, is unlikely
to have a disruptive effect on the judicial proceedings.
The reason for the delay is two-fold: (1) the Court had not yet ruled on the Motion to
Reconsider, and (2) inadvertence. While in retrospect, Plaintiff would have filed the Opposition
sooner, it respectfully suggests that the mistake is “excusable.” Regarding the final factor, there
is little question that Plaintiff acted in good faith. Upon realizing the mistake, Plaintiff
immediately prepared a Motion and submitted the already-prepared Opposition the same day,
despite being out of state and en route to the airport. Ex. A, Decl. of Pia, at ¶¶ 6-9. Based on all
of the relevant circumstances surrounding the omission, and the fact that a delay of two days is a
relatively short period in light of the other cited cases, Plaintiff requests the Court to permit the
Based on the foregoing, Plaintiff respectfully requests that its Motion be granted.
DATED this 26th day of August, 2011.
PIA ANDERSON DORIUS REYNARD & MOSS
/Joseph Pia/ ____________________________
Attorneys for Plaintiff
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that on this 26th day of August, 2011, a true and correct copy of forgoing
COMBINED REPLY IN FURTHER SUPPORT OF MOTION TO PERMIT FILING OF
OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO DISMISS TODAY AND OPPOSITION TO MOTION
TO STRIKE was served by electronic mail on the following:
John A. Snow
Karen E. O’Brien
VAN COTT BAGLEY CORNALL & McCARTHY
Jonathan M. Levitan
Wayne G. Petty
MOYLE & DRAPER, P.C.
Marc E. Kasowitz
David J. Shapiro
KASOWITZ, BENSON, TORRES & FRIEDMAN LLP
By: /s/ Joseph Pia
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