IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
November 26, 2012
IN RE: MON VIEW MINING COMPANY, DEBTOR.
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, APPELLANT,
MON VIEW MINING COMPANY, APPELLEE.
Bankruptcy No. 05-50219-JAD Adversary No. 12-02068-JAD
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Cathy Bissoon
Before this Court is Appellant Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's motion for leave to appeal from the Bankruptcy Court's order denying its motion for judgment on the pleadings.*fn1
(Doc. 1). As Appellant correctly argues, in this Circuit, orders
denying such motions are considered "final" under the meaning of the
term in 28 U.S.C. § 158, and are appealable as of right.*fn2
See In re Brown, 916 F.2d 120, 122-24 (1990); see also In re
Christian, 804 F.2d 46, 48 (3d Cir. 1986); but see In re American
Capital Equip., LLC, 296 F. App'x 270, 275-80 (3d Cir. 2008) (Jordan,
J., concurring in judgment) (attacking the logic of the holdings of
Brown and Christian, but conceding that the courts of the Third
Circuit are constrained by it unless and until these cases are
revisited). Accordingly, this motion will be granted.
However, in spite of the fact that it was accompanied by a notice of appeal, Appellant's motion will not be treated as a brief in support of its appeal. Instead, this lengthy 58-page filing, which invokes Rule 8003 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and explicitly is labeled as a "motion for leave to appeal" in its title, leaves no room for any ambiguity as to what role Appellant means for it to play in these proceedings. As such, both parties will be given an opportunity to brief their positions with respect to this appeal, as per the applicable Rules.
Accordingly, the following order is entered.
AND NOW, this 26th day of November, 2012,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Appellant's motion for leave to appeal (Doc. 1) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties' briefs shall conform to the applicable Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. See Fed. R. Bankr. P. 8001, et seq. Filings that do not conform to these Rules -- including deadlines and form and length requirements -- will be stricken.
BY THE COURT:
CATHY BISSOON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE