USA v. RaPower-3 et al
ORDER denying #509 Motion without prejudice pending completion of Receivers investigation and report in accordance with the Corrected Receivership Order. Signed by Judge David Nuffer on December 27, 2018. (elm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH, CENTRAL DIVISION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
RAPOWER-3, LLC, et al.,
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO LIFT
ASSET FREEZE AS TO SOLCO I AND
Case No. 2:15-cv-00828-DN
District Judge David Nuffer
Defendants RaPower-3 LLC, International Automated Systems Inc., LTB1 LLC, Gregory
Shepard, and Neldon Johnson (collectively, “RaPower”) filed a motion (“Motion”) 1 under Fed.
R. Civ. P. 59(e) to lift the asset-freeze orders 2 (“Asset Freeze”) as to Solco LLC and XSun
Energy LLC (collectively, “Solco”) because they are not parties to this case and their assets were
frozen without due process. 3 RaPower has made this due-process argument on at least two prior
occasions. 4 On both occasions, it was rejected. 5 It is rejected again today.
Motion to Lift Asset Freeze Order as to Solco I and XSun Energy (“Motion”), docket no. 509, filed November 16,
2018; see Errata to Motion to Lift Asset Freeze Order as to Solco I and XSun Energy, docket no. 512, filed
November 20, 2018; United States’ Opposition to Defendants’ Motion to Lift the Asset Freeze Order as to Solco I
and XSun Energy, docket no. 523, filed November 30, 2018; Receiver’s Joinder in United States’ Opposition to
Motion to Lift Asset Freeze as to Solco I and XSun Energy, docket no. 525, filed November 30, 2018; Reply
Memorandum in Support of Motion to Lift Asset Freeze Order as to Solco I and XSun Energy (“Reply”), docket
no. 540, filed December 12, 2018.
Memorandum Decision and Order Freezing Assets and to Appoint a Receiver, docket no. 444, filed August 22,
2018; Corrected Receivership Order, docket no. 491, filed November 1, 2018.
RaPower acknowledges that “there is a close relationship between some of these Defendants and Solco I and XSun
Energy.” Reply, supra note 1, at 10.
See Objection re: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, at 16-19, docket no. 452, filed September 14, 2018;
Defendants’ Objection to Plaintiff’s Proposed Receivership Order, at 1-6, docket no. 461, filed September 28, 2018.
See Docket Text Order, docket no. 478, October 23, 2018; Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, docket
no. 467, filed October 4, 2018; Corrected Receivership Order, docket no. 491, filed November 1, 2018.
At all relevant times, Solco has had notice of the Asset Freeze and an opportunity to be
heard regarding it. Indeed, this is at least the third time that Solco has been heard regarding it.4
And upon completion of the Receiver’s investigation, Solco will have yet another opportunity to
be heard about it. Accordingly, RaPower has failed to establish that the Asset Freeze should be
modified on due-process grounds.
Furthermore, because RaPower and Solco have failed to show that the so-called
“nonrefundable” retainer in the amount of $735,202.22, which is currently in Nelson Snuffer
Dahle & Poulsen’s trust account, is not property of the receivership estate, the full balance of
that retainer will remain subject to the Asset Freeze at this time.
THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion 6 is DENIED without
prejudice pending completion of the Receiver’s investigation and report in accordance with the
Corrected Receivership Order. 7
Signed December 27, 2018.
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge
Docket no. 509, filed November 16, 2018.
Docket no. 491, filed November 1, 2018.
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