BULLETIN: Court Orders $2.1 Million Judgment Against Trudy Gilmond, Key Zeek Rewards’ Clawback Defendant
UPDATED 9:35 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Saying that Zeek Rewards’ clawback defendant Trudy Gilmond of Vermont “refused” to appear in North Carolina federal court on May 27 as directed, Senior U.S. District Judge Graham C. Mullen has entered a judgment against Gilmond for $2,129,522.27.
Mullen’s ruling is a significant win for Zeek receiver Kenneth D. Bell. Bell alleged in April that Gilmond and fellow Zeek clawback defendant Jerry Napier of Michigan had failed to defend the actions against them and had missed depositions in Vermont and Detroit, respectively.
Bell sought default judgments against both Gilmond and Napier and asked Mullen to make them appear in federal court for the Western District of North Carolina to show cause why judgments should not be entered against them.
“On May 11, 2015, the Court entered an Order directing Trudy Gilmond to personally appear before the Court on May 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to show cause why judgment should not be entered against her as requested by the Receiver,” Mullen wrote in an order dated yesterday. “Ms. Gilmond failed to appear as directed. Indeed she advised the court by letter that she refused to do so.
“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Receiver’s Motion is GRANTED and judgment is hereby ENTERED against Defendants Trudy Gilmond and Trudy Gilmond LLC in the amount of $2,129,522.27,” Mullen wrote.
The news was better for Napier, from whom the receiver is seeking more than $2.041 million.
Bell informed the court that “Mr. Napier has appeared for a deposition and is cooperating in the production of documents,” Mullen wrote in a separate order dated yesterday.
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