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Panama 207 motion to dismiss defendant Kevin Shorette .pdf



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Case 5:11-cv-00032-RS-CJK Document 207 Filed 07/24/12 Page 1 of 4

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
PANAMA CITY DIVISION

In re SLEP-TONE ENTERTAINMENT Civil Action No.
CORP., consolidated cases.
5:11-cv-00032-RS/CJK

MOTION TO DISMISS DEFENDANT KEVIN SHORETTE
The Plaintiff, Slep-Tone Entertainment Corporation (“Slep-Tone”), by its
counsel, hereby moves the Court pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a) for an order
dismissing Defendant Kevin Shorette without prejudice. As grounds for the
motion and order, the Plaintiff shows the Court as follows:
1.

The final pretrial conference in this matter was held on June 28, 2012,

and the trial of this matter was held on July 2 and 3, 2012. Despite his prior
participation in this matter, including in a judicial settlement conference only
weeks before, Defendant Shorette did not appear at either event.
2.

The Court has invited the Plaintiff to move for a default judgment

against Defendant Shorette and has ordered the Plaintiff so to move not later than
today, July 24, 2012.
3.

Counsel for the Plaintiff spoke by telephone on July 23, 2012, with a

nonlawyer representative1 of Defendant Shorette, who had called to inquire as to
                                                            
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Mr. Shorette has requested that communications with him go through Mary Martini, his girlfriend.

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Case 5:11-cv-00032-RS-CJK Document 207 Filed 07/24/12 Page 2 of 4

what the next steps in this case were. The representative expressed surprise that
the matter had been tried and contended that Defendant Shorette had not received
notice of the trial and was therefore not prompted to appear.
4.

The Plaintiff believes that the burden must be placed upon the

Defendant to appear and to know or inquire as to when appearances are required.
Moreover, Defendant Shorette was certainly aware of the prior scheduling of the
trial for the week of June 11, yet apparently did not appear for the final pretrial
conference or the trial at that time—at which time he would have been informed of
the continuance to July 2.
5.

Nevertheless, the rule in the courts of this circuit is that default

judgments are disfavored. In any event, the necessity of preparing and filing a
motion for default judgment and of opposing a presumed motion by Defendant
Shorette to set aside the default would require the Plaintiff to devote substantial
resources that it does not presently wish to devote to the case against Defendant
Shorette.
6.

Given the Defendant’s financial condition, the Defendant’s

willingness to discuss settlement extrajudicially, and the duplicate use of the
Plaintiff’s and the Court’s resources that would occur if this matter were to be tried
separately, the Plaintiff prefers that the matter be dismissed so that the parties can
discuss a settlement on a convenient timetable.
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Case 5:11-cv-00032-RS-CJK Document 207 Filed 07/24/12 Page 3 of 4

7.

Dismissal without prejudice is necessary to preserve the positions of

the parties in the event that a mutually agreeable settlement cannot be reached.
Every effort will be made to avoid bringing this matter before the Court at a later
date.
Respectfully submitted this the 24th day of July, 2012.
HARRINGTON LAW, P.C.
By: s/James M. Harrington
James M. Harrington, NCSB No. 30005
jharrington@harringtonlawpc.com
HARRINGTON LAW, P.C.
P.O. Box 403
Concord, NC 28026-0403
Tel: 704-315-5800
Fax: 704-625-9259
Attorney for the Plaintiff

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Case 5:11-cv-00032-RS-CJK Document 207 Filed 07/24/12 Page 4 of 4

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that the foregoing paper is being filed on the date indicated
below using the Clerk’s CM/ECF system, which will send a Notice of Electronic
Filing to counsel of record as follows:
KARL JEFFREY REYNOLDS - kjreynolds924@earthlink.net
VINCENT BRIAN LYNCH - vlynch@floridalawyer.com
STEVEN MITCHELL DEVER mitchdever@comcast.net
Service on the following CM/ECF non-participants is being made on the same date
by depositing a copy of same as First Class Mail, postage prepaid, in envelopes
addressed to:
ROBERT L. PAYNTER, SR.
9083 SEAFAIR LN
TALLAHASSEE FL 32317‐8188

Date: July 24, 2012

KEVIN SHORETTE
PO BOX 1784
BRONSON FL 32621-1784

s/James M. Harrington

 
 

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