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United States v. Beeman

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


February 19, 2010

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND MARY ARNDT, REVENUE OFFICER OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
EBERT G. BEEMAN, DEFENDANT,
v.
GE CLIENT SERVICE BUSINESSES, ET AL., THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sean J. McLAUGHLIN United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Previously pending in this case, among other things, was a Motion by GE Client Business Services and Keith S. Sherin to Dismiss All Purported Claims Asserted Against Them By Defendant Ebert G. Beeman [17]. By text order dated February 4, 2010, this Court directed the Defendant to file, on or before February 18, 2010, a response in opposition to this motion. At some point on February 18, 2010, Defendant Beeman, proceeding pro se, submitted a hard-copy of his response [19] by delivering it to the Clerk of Court.

On February 19, 2010, after Beeman had delivered his timely response to the Clerk's Office -- but before his response was reflected on the docket or received by this Court, the Court entered a Memorandum Opinion and Judgment Order [18] which, among other things, granted the motion to dismiss filed by GE Client Business Services and Keith Sherin. In its Memorandum Opinion, the Court noted (consistent with what was then reflected on the docket), that no response to the motion had been filed by Beeman. (See Mem. Op. dated 2/19/10 [18] at p. 15 n. 7.)

The Court now being in receipt of Beeman's response to the motion to dismiss, it has given the matter full, de novo consideration. The Court notes that Beeman's response contains a nearly verbatim restatement of matters previously set forth in his other submissions. In its entirety, Beeman's response states as follows:

GE Client Business Services and Keith S. Sherin cooperated with Mary R. Arndt and Ed Pattison by violating "the Savings to the [sic] Suitors Clause"[*fn1 ] at USC 28-1333(i). I am standing in my unlimited commercial liability as a secured party creditor and request that the officers of this court do the same. I respectfully request the indulgence of this court as I am not schooled in law. This is provided by the precedent set by Hanes v. Kerner at 404 U.S. 519.

IRS Agent(s) placed an unlawful lien, levy, or garnishment against my property and/or bank accounts. Pennsylvania is not authorized by a U.S. District Court order as is required by the U.S. Code.

I do not give you permission to dismiss this claim. (Reply to Mot. by GE Client Business Services and Keith S. Sherin [19] at pp. 2-3.)

Having fully considered the Defendant's response to the motion to dismiss filed by GE Client Business Services and Keith Sherin, the Court finds no basis to alter its previous order granting the motion. Beeman's invocation of the "Savings to Suitors" clause is manifestly inappropriate, as the clause has no apparent application in the case at hand. His suggestion that the challenged lien, levy and/or garnishment required pre-approval by a United States District Court was rejected by this Court for the reasons set forth in its prior Memorandum Opinion and Judgment Order [18]. This Court previously found, and continues to find, that no genuine issue of material fact exists relative to the lawfulness of the challenged lien, levy and garnishment. Moreover, as the Court previously discussed, the movants GE Client Business Services and Keith Sherin are statutorily discharged from liability pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 6332(e) to the extent they honored the IRS's levy. Finally, and unfortunately for Beeman, this Court does not require his "permission" in order to dismiss his third-party claim for legal insufficiency. Accordingly, the following order is entered:

AND NOW, to wit, this 19th day of February, 2010, upon de novo consideration of the Defendant's "Reply to Motion by GE Client Business Services and Keith S. Sherin" [19], the Court finds no basis to amend its previous ruling granting the motion to dismiss filed by GE Client Business Services and Keith S. Sherin. Accordingly, the Court's Judgment Order of February 19, 2010 [18] stands as originally entered.


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