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Edward G. Rahll & Sons, Inc. v. Zach

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


November 20, 2008

EDWARD G. RAHLL & SONS, INC., PLAINTIFF
v.
SHAWN ZACH AND KIM ZACH, D/B/A ZACH'S PRODUCE DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Christopher C. Conner United States District Judge

(Judge Conner)

ORDER

AND NOW, this 20th day of November, 2008, upon consideration of the in-court proceedings conducted on October 23, 2008, during which the court found defendants in civil contempt for failure to comply with the preliminary injunction (Doc. 19), of the contempt hearing held on November 10, 2008, and of the order of court (Doc. 33) issued on the same date, which permitted defendants to purge their contempt by transmitting to plaintiff's counsel copies of balance sheets, profit and loss statements, accounts receivable, and all other business records,*fn1 (see Doc. 19 ¶ 2; Doc. 33 ¶ 1), and upon further consideration of the status report (Doc. 34) submitted by plaintiff's counsel on November 19, 2008, requesting additional contempt sanctions against defendants for failure to comply with the order, and it appearing that in response to the order defendants produced portions of the bankruptcy petition of defendant Shawn Zach ("Zach") and his bank statement for the period from June 13--July 11, 2008,*fn2 that during the November 10, 2008 contempt hearing Zach represented that he had checking account statements, ledgers, tax returns, and handwritten statements of accounts pertinent to defendants' produce business, known as Zach's Produce, (Contempt Hr'g Tr. 5-7, 10, Nov. 10, 2008), and that these records are currently in the possession of his bankruptcy attorney, Gary Imblum, Esquire, and his accountants, Boyer & Ritter, LLC, (id. at 8-10), and the court finding that during the hearing it required defendants to instruct Gary Imblum and Boyer & Ritter to furnish copies of these records to plaintiff's counsel (id. at 8), and the court concluding that the few documents produced to plaintiff's counsel fail to satisfy the mandate imposed during that hearing and by the order of court (Doc. 33) issued thereafter, it is hereby ORDERED that:

1. Defendants Shawn Zach and Kim Zach REMAIN in contempt of court for failure to comply with the provisions of the preliminary injunction (Doc. 19) that require production of business records.*fn3

2. Defendants may purge their contempt as provided in Paragraph 1 of the order of court (Doc. 33) dated November 10, 2008, the obligations of which are recapitulated in the following subparagraphs:

a. Defendants must produce at least the following business documents to the extent that they exist: (i) balance sheets, (ii) profit and loss statements, (iii) statement of accounts receivable, (iv) checking account statements, (v) bank account ledgers, (vi) deposit slips, (vii) tax returns, (viii) handwritten or electronically generated accounting records, and (ix) all other records that reflect how defendants' produce business spent the funds it generated.

b. The records produced hereunder must reflect all cash inflows and expenditures for at least the six months prior to issuance of the preliminary injunction. (See Doc. 19 ¶ 2.)

c. The records shall be produced on or before Thursday, December 4, 2008 to plaintiff's counsel at the following address: McCarron & Diess, 4900 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC, 20016, c/o Maria C. Simon.

3. Defendant Shawn Zach is COMMANDED to perform the following actions to facilitate production of the documents identified in Paragraph 2:

a. Within one business day of receipt of this order, defendant Shawn Zach shall contact Gary Imblum and Boyer & Ritter to arrange for production of the documents identified in Paragraph 2.a.

b. On or before Friday, November 28, 2008, defendant Shawn Zach shall transmit a letter to the court and to plaintiff's counsel indicating whether production is underway and describing the progress of production efforts. If production has not begun by November 28, 2008, the letter shall briefly recount the reasons therefor. This letter shall state that it pertains to Civil Action No. 1:08-CV-1384 and may be sent to the court and to plaintiff's counsel via either first class mail or facsimile using the following contact information:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

Clerk's Office 228 Walnut Street Tenth Floor Harrisburg, PA 17101 Facsimile: (717) 221-3949

McCARRON & DIESS

ATTN: Maria C. Simon 4900 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 310 Washington, DC, 20016 Facsimile: (202) 364-2731

4. Upon receipt of the documents identified in Paragraph 2.a of this order, plaintiff's counsel shall file a notice certifying that defendants have discharged their obligations hereunder. The court will issue an order purging defendants of their contempt upon receipt of this certificate.

5. Failure to comply with the provisions of this order may result in imposition of additional contempt sanctions upon defendants. These sanctions may include:

a. Scheduling of a second contempt hearing,

b. Issuance of bench warrants for defendants' arrest,

c. Conversion of defendants' civil contempt into criminal contempt proceedings,

d. Imposition of criminal or civil fines, or

e. Other contempt sanctions as the court deems appropriate.

6. If defendants are at any time unable to satisfy their obligations hereunder, they shall promptly notify the court of their disability by transmitting a letter via first class mail or facsimile. Any such letter shall state that it pertains to Civil Action No. 1:08-CV-1384 and may be sent to the court using the following contact information:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

Clerk's Office 228 Walnut Street Tenth Floor Harrisburg, PA 17101 Facsimile: (717) 221-3949

7. The Clerk of Court is instructed to transmit copies of this order via certified mail to the following individuals and entities:

SHAWN ZACH KIM BRITTON 63 Vine Street 109 Beagle Club Road Newville, PA 17241 Carlisle, PA 17013

BOYER & RITTER BOYER & RITTER*fn4 211 House Avenue 141 West High Street Camp Hill, PA 17011 Carlisle, PA 17013

KODAK & IMBLUM, P.C.

ATTN: Gary J. Imblum, Esq. Cameron Mansion 407 North Front Street P.O. Box 11848 Harrisburg, PA 17108


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