LVB-Odgen Marketing Corporation v. Dean et al

Filing 20

ORDER granting in part and denying in part LVB's 1 MOTION to Compel compliance with LVB's subpoena to Park Place, by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 8 LVB-OGDEN MARKETING CORPORATION, Petitioner, 9 10 11 12 v. HENRY DEAN, as trustee of the SHARON GRAHAM BINGHAM 2007 TRUST, and PARK PLACE MOTORS, LTD., 13 14 15 C17-528 TSZ ORDER Respondents. LVB-OGDEN MARKETING CORPORATION, Plaintiff 16 v. 17 18 19 20 PATRICK L. MCCOURT, STEPHANIE J. MCCOURT, DAVID S. BINGHAM, SHARON BINGHAM, FRANCES P. GRAHAM, CHRISTOPHER G. BINGHAM, CHERISH BINGHAM a/k/a CHERISH BURGESS, SCOTT F. BINGHAM, KELLY BINGHAM, and BINGO INVESTMENTS, LLC, 21 Defendants. 22 23 ORDER - 1 C09-4518 (N.D. Ill.) 1 THIS MATTER comes before the Court on petitioner LVB-Ogden Marketing 2 Corporation’s (“LVB”) motion to compel compliance with subpoenas for documents, 3 docket no. 1. In connection with its attempts to execute a judgment obtained in the 4 Northern District of Illinois against David Bingham, Sharon Bingham, Frances P. 5 Graham, Christopher Bingham, Cherish Bingham a/k/a Cherish Burgess, Kelly Bingham 6 and Bingo Investments LLC (collectively the “Judgment Debtors”), in case number 7 09-cv-4518 (N.D. Ill.), LVB issued third-party subpoenas to Henry Dean, as trustee of the 8 Sharon Graham Bingham 2007 Trust (“SGB 2007 Trust”), and to Park Place Motors, 9 LTD (“Park Place”). Having reviewed the motion and all relevant filings, LVB’s motion 10 to compel compliance with LVB’s subpoena to Park Place, is GRANTED in part and 11 DENIED without prejudice in part as follows.1 Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 69(a)(2), a judgment creditor may take discovery “from 12 13 any person—including the judgment debtor” as provided in the Federal Rules of Civil 14 Procedure “or by the procedure of the state where the court is located.” Sherwin15 Williams Co. v. Earl Scheib of California, Inc., 2013 WL 12073836, at 2 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 16 4, 2013) (emphasis in original) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 69(a)(2)). When evaluating 17 whether post-judgment discovery is appropriate, “the presumption should be in favor of 18 full discovery of any matters arguably related to [the judgment creditor’s] efforts to trace 19 [the judgment debtor’s] assets and otherwise to enforce its judgment. Id. (alteration in 20 original) (quoting Credit Lyonnais S.A. v. SGC Intern., Inc., 160 F.3d 428, 431 (8th Cir. 21 1 Although LVB moved to compel compliance with both subpoenas in a single motion, the Court has 22 addressed LVB’s subpoena to Henry Dean, as trustee for the SGB 2007 Trust, in a separate Order. 23 ORDER - 2 1 1998)). With this standard in mind, the Court hereby ORDERS Park Place Motors, LTD, 2 to produce, within thirty-five (35) days of the date of this Order, the following non3 privileged documents in its possession, custody, or control2: 4 1. For the period from March 1, 2013, to the present, all DOCUMENTS related to any transfer of assets or funds made to any DEFENDANT having a value or in an amount 5 of $1,000 or more. 6 2. For the period from March 1, 2013, to the present, all DOCUMENTS related to any transfer of assets or funds made to YOU by any DEFENDANT. 7 3. All DOCUMENTS evidencing any current obligation to make any payments to 8 any DEFENDANTS. 9 4. For the period from March 1, 2013, to the present, all DOCUMENTS related to any loan made by YOU to any DEFENDANTS. 10 5. All DOCUMENTS related to any relationship and/or dealings between YOU and 11 the Sharon Graham Bingham 2007 Trust. 12 These documents are, at a minimum, arguably related to tracing the Judgment 13 Debtors’ assets and may also be relevant to one or more of the four grounds on which 14 LVB claims it is entitled to execute its judgment against the assets of the SGB 2007 15 Trust: (1) that the SGB 2007 Trust is self-settled; (2) that the SGB 2007 Trust has lost its 16 spendthrift status; (3) that the SGB 2007 Trust is the alter ego of some or all of the 17 Judgment Debtors; and (4) that the SGB 2007 Trust contains fraudulently transferred 18 assets. 19 20 21 2 For consistency, the Court has utilized the same language as the document requests attached to the subpoena served on Park Place. See Decl. of Jonathan J. Faria, docket no. 2, Ex. 2. Accordingly, the 22 Court incorporates the definitions of terms set forth therein. Id. 23 ORDER - 3 1 The Court has limited certain requests to the last four years as a starting point for 2 LVB’s investigation of the Judgment Debtors’ assets and makes no ruling concerning 3 whether the limitations periods contained in RCW 19.40.091 apply to extinguish any 4 claim of fraudulent transfer. To the extent LVB finds it necessary after it has received 5 the above-listed documents from Park Place, LVB may request that the Court Order 6 production of additional documents relevant to the execution of LVB’s judgment. 7 Unless the parties otherwise agree and subject to further Order of the Court, LVB 8 is prohibited from publishing the documents produced pursuant to this Order and may 9 only use documents produced as reasonably necessary in connection with proceedings to 10 enforce the Judgment LVB obtained against the Judgment Debtors in the case of LVB11 Ogden Marketing Corporation v. Patrick L. McCourt, et al. 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. 14 Dated this 31st day of May, 2017. 15 A 16 17 Thomas S. Zilly United States District Judge 18 19 20 21 22 23 ORDER - 4

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