Gurski v. Freedom Industries, Inc.

2:14-ap-02030 | Bankr. S.D.W. Va. | Apr 16, 2014

CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 1 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 30Main Document Page 1 of 26 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA AT CHARLESTON DESIMONE HOSPITALITY SERVICES, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00063 (A. P. 2: 14-2036) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. SHAPE SHOP, INC. and THELMA FAYS, LLC d/b/a THELMA FAYS CAFE, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00038 (A.P. No. 2:14-2008) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and AMERICAN WATER WORKS SERVICE COMPANY, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. NOEL HARDMAN and BRIAN VANNOY and DIANA JOHNSON and COURTNEY HARPER and KATHRYN CASTO and ROBERT STRINGER and KIMBERLY LAPSLEY and TIMOTHY WILBURN and MEAGAN KRASYK and HEIDI STRICKLEN and MARK STRICKLEN and SONJA MARSHALL and MARLENE DIAL and MARGARET SUE ZALENSKI and JOSEPH ZALENSKI and JAMES PARSONS and JANET ATKINS and KEITH ROEHL and LISA ROEHL and CARL CHADBAND and KRISTI CHADBAND and WILLIAM LIPSCOMB and DEBRA LIPSCOMB and APRIL BARRIS and ARMELIA PANNELL and LENOX CHANDLER and 1 CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 2 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 31Main Document Page 2 of 26 JOHNETTE JASPER and LATAUSHA TAYLOR and KEVIN STUBBLEFIELD and MARTHA STUBBLEFIELD and TAMMY PARSONS I Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00039 (A.P. No. 2:14-2009) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. MADDIE P. FIELDS, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00040 (A.P. No. 2:14-2010) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. RODOCO, INC. d/b/a DONUT CONNECTION, and ALMOST HEAVEN BURGERS, INC. d/b/a CHECKERS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT and HARGIS UNLIMITED, LLC d/b/a KANAWHA CITY COIN LAUNDRY and MELANIE MARTIN and MEGAN SPEARS and SYRRA SALON LLC and PAUL KIRK d/b/a BARE KNUCKLES TATTOO SHOP, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00041 (A.P. No. 2:14-2011) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. 2 CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 3 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 32Main Document Page 3 of 26 EG & K INC. and RUSTY A. CARPENTER, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00042 (A.P. No. 2:14-2012) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, and JOHN DOE CORPORATION 1 THROUGH 5 and JOHN DOE, Defendants. SUSAN K. DYER individually and on behalf of all others similar situated, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00043 (A.P. No. 2:14-2013) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. 5 CORNERS CAFE, LLC and THE VINTAGE BARBER SHOP and JUSTIN A. AMOS, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00044 (A.P. No. 2:14-2014) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendant. 3 CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 4 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 33Main Document Page 4 of 26 CANDICE HENRY MAHOOD and CARRIE ANN SAMUELS and KATHERINE ELLA GRUBB and Ia:LLI OLDHAM and ELIZABETH GRUBB, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00045 (A.P. No. 2:14-2015) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and DENNIS FARRELL and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY and OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS FOR FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendants. VON HARVEY, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00046 (A.P. No. 2:14-2016) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER and AMERICAN WATER WORKS SERVICE COMPANY, INC. and OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS FOR FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendants. 4 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Doc 16 Filed 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 15:52:04 Desc Main Document Page 5 of 26 GRUMPY’ S GRI LLE, LLC and J OE FAZI O’ S RESTAURANT, I NC. , CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 6 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 35Main Document Page 6 of 26 JOHN NELSON and WANDA TRIBBIE, an individual and as representative of and al ong wi t h “ ot her st yl i st s or barbers, located in Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Jackson, Cabell, Clay Lincoln, Loqan and Roane Counties similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00050 (A.P. No. 2:14-2022) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. ltUPPEL LLC d/b/a DREAM TANK d/b/a CAPITOL DOME BAR & GRILLE and REEMA FAMILY HAIRSTYLING, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00051 (A.P. No. 2:14-2023) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER, Defendants. 6 CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 7 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 36Main Document Page 7 of 26 SHANNON LARWA and SHANNON’ S SUI TE SALON, LLC d/ b/ a SHANNON’ S SUI TE SALON and JENNIFER SCHOOLCRAFT and INNOV8 SALON, LLC d/b/a INNOV8 SALON, LLC and ALEX MORGADO and MORGADO DESIGN, LLC d/b/a MORGADO DESIGN and JOHN PATRICK BURGESS, DDS and MADIGAN RAE BURGESS, DDS, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00052 (A.P. No. 2:14-2024) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. CORNELLISUS D. CHRISTIAN, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00053 (A.P. No. 2:14-2025) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendant. JOHN LEVIN and LOUISA LEVIN on behalf of themselves and all others situated, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00054 (A.P. No. 2:14-2026) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendants. 7 CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 8 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 37Main Document Page 8 of 26 GRAZIANO INVESTMENTS, INC. and CATERING UNLIMITED, INC. and SHELTON’ S OF KANAWHA CI TY, LLC and ERIC BOOTH individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00055 (A.P. No. 2:14-2027) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendant. HAIR WE ARE, INC . , Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00056 (A.P. No. 2:14-2029) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER, Defendants. JUNE GURSKI and JOHN DOE BUSINESS OWNER, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No. 2:14-00057 (A.P. No. 2:14-2030) FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC. and WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY and JOHN DOE CORPORATION 1 THROUGH 5 and JOHN DOE, Defendants. 8 CaseCase 2:14-ap-02030 DocDocument 2:14-cv-14845 16 Filed1-3 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 Page 9 of15:52:04 26 PageiDDesc #: 38Main Document Page 9 of 26 LITTLE BO PEEP DAYCARE and KIDS R US DAYCARE and PAULINE'S HOUSE OF CURLS and JANE GURSKI and PAULA MILLER, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00058 (A. P. 2: 14-2031) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. BOBBY L. TUCKER and REBA TUCKER, his wife, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00059 (A.P. 2:14-2032) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. MAID IN THE USA, INC., doinq business as Maid to Perfection of Charleston, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00060 (A. P. 2: 14-2030) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. 9 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 10 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 39 Document Page 10 of 26 OTIS TUCKER and DANETTE TUCKER, his wife, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00061 (A. P. 2: 14-2034) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. THE TOWN OF BUFFALO, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00062 (A. P. 2: 14-2035) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. RONNIE ALLEN BRISCOE and DENISE EVON BRISCOE, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00064 (A. P. 2: 14-2037) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. DEBORAH J. HEDRICK I Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00065 (A. P. 2: 14-2038) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. 10 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Doc 16 Filed 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 15:52:04 Desc Main Document Page 11 of 26 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Doc 16 Filed 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 15:52:04 Desc Main Document Page 12 of 26 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 13 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 42 Document Page 13 of 26 CHRISTOPHER M. DEWEESE and LORI L. DEWEESE, Plaintiffs, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00072 (A. P. 2: 14-2045) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. CHRISTOPHER JORDAN, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00073 (A. P. 2: 14-2046) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. SANDYLOU & TIFFANY 2, LLC, a West Virginia corporation, doinq business as Anqaleno's Pizza, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00074 (A.P. 2:14-2047) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. MARGIE JORDAN I Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00075 (A. P. 2: 14-2048) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. 13 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 14 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 43 Document Page 14 of 26 NICK KONNOVITCH, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00076 (A. P. 2: 14-2049) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY and FREEDOM INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendants. MISTY HARRIS, Plaintiff, v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00077 (A. P. 2: 14-2050) WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, Defendant. MARY BARBER Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00078 (A.P. No. 2:14-2051) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant WARREN SHAMBLIN and JESSICA SHAMBLIN, Plaintiffs v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00079 (A.P. No. 2:14-2052) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant 14 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 15 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 44 Document Page 15 of 26 BUFFALO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, INC., Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00080 (A.P. No. 2:14-2053) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant TRENT FORBIS and LESLI FORBIS Plaintiffs v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00081 (A.P. No. 2:14-2054) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant EJ&K ENTERPRISES, LLC and SOUTH HILLS MARKET & CAFE, LLC Plaintiffs v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00082 (A.P. No. 2:14-2055) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant JASON BROGAN Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00083 (A.P. No. 2:14-2056) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant 15 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 16 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 45 Document Page 16 of 26 AM & GH LLC, doinq business as Grano, and L AND G FOODS, INC. and SAHARA CATERING & RESTAURANT, INC. , and MADELINES CAFE INC. , and MOUND CLEANERS, INC. , and NEXUS ATHLETIC CLUBS, INC. , and CITY FITNESS, INC., and NAUTILUS FITNESS CENTER, INC., and KINETIX FITNESS LLC, and PAUL WALTON, JR. , and TABETHA PEIROS and BART A. ROBERTS and KRIST I MADDOX, and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00084 (A.P. No. 2:14-2057) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant FALBO & MONDAY, PLLC, and similiarly situated, Plaintiffs v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00085 (A.P. No. 2:14-2058) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant 16 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 17 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 46 Document Page 17 of 26 J. E., individually and on behalf of their minor child, ICE., Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00086 (A.P. No. 2:14-2059) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant MELISSA JEAN MEDLEY, Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00087 (A.P. No. 2:14-2060) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant RICHARD GRAVELY, Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00088 (A.P. No. 2:14-2061) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant 17 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 18 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 47 Document Page 18 of 26 SCOTT MILLER and BAR 101, LLC, and ICHIBAN, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00089 (A.P. No. 2:14-2062) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant MARK STRICKLAND, Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00090 (A.P. No. 2:14-2063) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant DANIEL CLEVE STEWART I Plaintiff v. Misc. Action No.: 2:14-00091 (A.P. No. 2:14-2064) WEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Defendant 18 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Case 2:14-cv-14845Doc 16 Filed1-3 Document 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 Filed 04/16/14 15:52:04 Page 19 of Desc 26 PageiD Main #: 48 Document Page 19 of 26 I135 B.R. 788" date_filed="1992-01-10" court="D. Maryland" case_name="Travelers Insurance Co. v. Goldberg">135 B.R. 788, 792 (D. Md. 1992). While the bankruptcy court may be uniquely qualified to conduct pre-trial matters in some core proceedings, in other cases such a referral would be a "futile detour, requiring substantial duplication of judicial effort." Compare Travelers Ins. Co., 135 B.R. 788" date_filed="1992-01-10" court="D. Maryland" case_name="Travelers Insurance Co. v. Goldberg">135 B.R. at 792-93 with City Fire Equipment Co. v. Ansul Fire Protection Wormald U.S., Inc., 125 B.R. 645" date_filed="1989-12-07" court="N.D. Ala." case_name="City Fire Equipment Co. v. Ansul Fire Protection Wormald U.S., Inc.">125 B.R. 645, 649 (N.D. Ala. 1989) (bankruptcy court has the authority and is uniquely qualified to supervise discovery and decide pre-trial issues). This type of pragmatic decision is best left to the district court and we remand for that court to consider the Committee's request. Stansbury, 13 F.3d at 128. The court concludes that the plaintiffs in the aforementioned adversary proceedings appear entitled to a jury trial as requested in each of the actions covered by the motions for withdrawal of reference. It further does not appear that any party desires to consent to the bankruptcy court conducting jury trials in these matters pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 157(e), nor that such right to a jury trial has been somehow waived by the claims process to date. Inasmuch as many of these related-to cases involve traditional personal injury tort claims of a non- 25 Case 2:14-ap-02030 Doc 16 Filed 04/16/14 Entered 04/24/14 15:52:04 Desc Main Document Page 26 of 26 John T. Copenhaver, Jr. United States District Judge (“ . . . .”).