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Thomas P. Jasin v. Dennis Kozlowski and Mark

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


March 1, 2011

THOMAS P. JASIN, PLAINTIFF
v.
DENNIS KOZLOWSKI AND MARK
SWARTZ, DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Chief Judge Kane

MEMORANDUM ORDER

THE BACKGROUND OF THIS ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS:

Currently pending before the Court are Plaintiff Thomas Jasin's motion to quash a subpoena served on Tyco International by Defendant Dennis Kozlowski on January 24, 2011, and Defendant Kozlowski's cross-motion to compel Plaintiff to comply with an interrogatory served on Plaintiff on December 10, 2010. Both the subpoena and interrogatory are designed to discover the amount of Plaintiff's settlement with Defendant Kozlowski's former co-defendants Tyco, Tyco International, and Juergen Gromer.*fn1

In support of his position that the evidence sought by the subpoena and interrogatory is relevant, Defendant Kozlowski relies on Singer v. Olympia Brewing Co., 878 F.2d 596 (2d Cir. 1989), and Gulfstream III Assocs., Inc. v. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., 995 F.2d 425 (3d Cir. 1993), for the proposition that the "one satisfaction rule" limits his potential liability based on Plaintiff's settlement with Defendant Kozlowski's former co-defendants. (Doc. No. 176 at 6-7.)

The parties do not, however, address the continuing viability of these cases in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision in McDermott, Inc. v. Amclyde, 511 U.S. 202 (1994), in which the Court unanimously rejected the "one satisfaction" rule. Nor do the parties address the relevance, if any, of the judgment reduction rules provided for in 15 U.S.C. § 78u-4(f)(7)(B). Nor does either party address whether Plaintiff has standing to file a motion to quash a subpoena served by Defendant Kozlowski on a non-party to this action.

ACCORDINGLY, on this 28th day of February 2011, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the parties SHALL within ten days of the date of this order submit a letter brief not to exceed ten pages in length addressing the following issues:

1. Whether the one satisfaction rule applies to the present action in light of the Supreme Court's decision in McDermott, Inc. v. Amclyde, 511 U.S. 202 (1994);

2. Whether 15 U.S.C. § 78u-4(f)(7)(B) would apply to limit any potential recovery against Defendant Kozlowski in this action; and

3. Whether Plaintiff has standing to file a motion to quash the subpoena served by Defendant Kozlowski on Tyco International.

Yvette Kane, Chief Judge United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania


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