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Coordinated Care Corporation v. Qliance Medical Group of Washington PC

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

March 23, 2018

COORDINATED CARE CORPORATION, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
QLIANCE MEDICAL GROUP OF WASHINGTON PC, et al., Defendants.

          ORDER ON (1) DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS (2) PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY FEES (3) MOTION FOR DISCOVERY

          MARSHA J. PECHMAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         The above-entitled Court, having received and reviewed:

         1. Stipulated Motion for Disbursement of Funds (Dkt. No. 42), Response to Stipulated Motion to Disburse Interplead Funds (Dkt. No. 46), Reply in Support of Stipulated Motion to Disburse Interplead Funds (Dkt. No. 48), Supplemental Reply in Support of Stipulated Motion to Disburse Interplead Funds (Dkt. No. 51), Reply in Further Support of Stipulated Motion to Disburse Interplead Funds (Dkt. No. 55), and First Premier Funding, LLC's Supplemental Reply to Plaintiff's Motion for an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Costs (Dkt. No. 58);

         2. Defendant's Motion for Discovery and Inspection of Evidence (Dkt. No. 57), Plaintiff's Objection to Defendant's Motion for Discovery and Inspection of Evidence (Dkt. No. 60);

         all attached declarations and exhibits; and relevant portions of the record, rules as follows:

         IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff's reasonable attorneys' fees and costs shall be paid, in the manner described below.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, after Plaintiff's attorneys' fees and costs are paid, First Premier Funding's claim shall be paid to the extent funds are available from the interplead funds, up to the amount of $46, 584.52. Such funds shall be made payable to First Premier Funding, LLC and disbursed and mailed to Laurin S. Schweet, Schweet Linde & Coulson, PLLC, 575 S. Michigan St., Seattle, WA 98108.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that after payment and disbursement to First Premier Funding, any balance remaining from the interplead funds shall be paid toward the claim of the Washington Department of General Revenue, and disbursed and mailed to Zachary Mosner, Washington State Attorney General, 8005th Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104-3188.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant's Motion for Discovery and Inspection of Evidence is STRICKEN as untimely.

         Background

         Plaintiff Coordinated Care Corporation (“Coordinated Care”) filed this interpleader action, claiming that it had calculated a remaining amount of $75, 000 owing from the agreements it had with certain (now defunct) healthcare providers and wishing to avoid liability claims from the multitude of parties who claimed an interest in the funds. This order concerns all or part of three motions filed in this matter.

         The first was Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Deposit Funds, to Dismiss and Discharge Liability, and for an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Costs (Dkt. No. 38), which was filed on November 16, 2017 and noted for December 8, 2017. No objections were filed by the noting date and, on December 14, 2017, the Court entered an order granting the motion: Plaintiff was ordered to deposit $75, 000 into the Court's Registry, advised that it would be dismissed with prejudice and discharged from further liability upon depositing those funds and told to submit “appropriate documentation” of fees and costs within 15 days.

         The day after that order was entered, the Court received objections to the motion to deposit funds. The objections were filed by Dr. Erika Bliss, who is a named pro se defendant. Dr. Bliss objected to the $75, 000 figure claimed by Plaintiff as the final amounts owing under the old agreements, accused the Chief Operating Office of Coordinated Care (whose declaration accompanied the motion) of committing perjury and demanded that Plaintiff produce proof of the amount it claim it owed. (See Dkt. No. 45; Response to Plaintiff's Motion.) It was often unclear in her pleading whether Dr. Bliss was speaking for herself or trying to (improperly) represent Defendant Qliance Medical Group, but it is moot in any event - the pleading was late-filed (by well over a week), and the order had already been entered. Dr. Bliss filed no motion for reconsideration.

         In the meantime, on December 12, 2017, a “Stipulated Motion for Disbursement of Funds” was filed by Defendants First Premier Funding and the State of Washington Department of Revenue. (Dkt. No. 42). Shortly after that, Plaintiff's counsel filed a declaration for attorneys' fees which requested (without any documentation) that they be awarded $35, 445.81, nearly half the amount of the interplead funds. First Premier objected and the Court entered a further order requiring Plaintiff's attorneys to ...


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