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United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division
August 1, 2019, Decided; August 1, 2019, Filed
Case No: 2:15-cv-328-FtM-29MRM
OPINION AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on defendant's Motion for Award of Costs and Fees (Doc. #713 and Doc. #7411) filed on July 25, 2018. Also filed are the Declaration of Matthew D. Lee (Doc. #714) and a proposed Bill of Costs (Doc. #715) in the amount of $104,725.37. Plaintiffs filed an Opposition (Doc. #732) on August 22, 2018, along with the Declaration of David Spears in Support (Doc. #733). Defendant filed a Reply in Support (Doc. #750) of her motion and another Declaration (Doc. #751) with exhibits on October 2, 2018. Plaintiffs filed a Sur-Reply (Doc. #752), and a Declaration of Christopher Dysard (Doc. #753) on October 23, 2018. The parties were granted leave to file the motion, response, and supporting declarations under seal. (Docs. ## 728, 729, 738, 739, 741, 742.)
I. Procedural History
The Court briefly summarizes the relevant portions of the lengthy and contentious procedural history of this case as follows:
The case was initiated on June 1, 2015, by a Complaint (Doc. #2) and an Ex Parte Motion (Doc. #3) filed under seal. (Doc. #7.) The six-count, 144-page Complaint alleged a money laundering [*3] enterprise to conceal fraudulently obtained funds taken in a penny stock scheme orchestrated by defendant Susan Devine and her non-party former husband Florian Homm.
On July 1, 2015, the Court entered a 69-page Opinion and Order (Doc. #10) granting plaintiffs an ex parte Temporary Restraining Order enjoining defendant from transferring, converting, withdrawing or otherwise disposing of any money or other assets. Defendant was also enjoined from the destruction or disposal of her financial documents, and limited discovery was permitted. Plaintiffs were required to post a $10,000 bond, and a preliminary injunction hearing was set. The bond monies were deposited with the Clerk of Court on July 7, 2015. (Doc. #15.)
The Temporary Restraining Order was extended through July 30, 2015 (Doc. #55), and then through October 1, 2015 (Doc. #67), and was modified and extended on August 3, 2015 (Doc. #68) to exclude certain assets and August 24, 2015 (Doc. #76) to release sums to pay expenses. On September 17, 2015, the Court granted the parties' joint request to consolidate the preliminary injunction hearing with the trial on the merits (Doc. #83). On September 25, 2015, a Case Management and Scheduling [*4] Order (Doc. #89) was entered. Laird Lile, Orion Corporate and Trust Services, Ltd., and Conrad Homm were allowed to intervene for the limited purpose of protecting their interests in the assets described in their motions. (Doc. #156.)
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2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128263 *; 2019 WL 3491962
ABSOLUTE ACTIVIST VALUE MASTER FUND LIMITED, ABSOLUTE EAST WEST FUND LIMITED, ABSOLUTE EAST WEST MASTER FUND LIMITED, ABSOLUTE EUROPEAN CATALYST FUND LIMITED, ABSOLUTE GERMANY FUND LIMITED, ABSOLUTE INDIA FUND LIMITED, ABSOLUTE OCTANE FUND LIMITED, ABSOLUTE OCTANE MASTER FUND LIMITED, and ABSOLUTE RETURN EUROPE FUND LIMITED, Plaintiffs, v. SUSAN ELAINE DEVINE, Defendant.
Subsequent History: Motion denied by, As moot, Reconsideration granted by, in part, Reconsideration denied by, in part Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Ltd. v. Devine, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161563, 2019 WL 4594589 (M.D. Fla., Sept. 23, 2019)
Prior History: Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Ltd. v. Devine, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192006, 2015 WL 12838168 (M.D. Fla., July 1, 2015)
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