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Regions Commercial Equipment Finance, LLC v. Performance Aviation, LLC

United States District Court, S.D. Mississippi, Eastern Division

July 14, 2017

REGIONS COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT FINANCE, LLC PLAINTIFF
v.
PERFORMANCE AVIATION, LLC, DEFENDANTS

          ORDER

          KEITH STARRETT UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         The Court discussed the background of this case in prior opinions. See, e.g. Regions Commercial Equip. Fin., LLC v. Performance Aviation, LLC, No. 2:16-CV-110-KS-JCG, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96658 (S.D.Miss. July 22, 2016); Regions Commercial Equip. Fin., LLC v. Performance Aviation, LLC, No. 2:16-CV-110-KS-JCG, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154782 (S.D.Miss. Nov. 8, 2016). Each side of this dispute filed a Motion in Limine [98, 101]. For the reasons provided below, the Court denies both Defendants' Motion in Limine [98] and Plaintiff's Motion in Limine [101].

         A. Defendants' Motion in Limine [98]

         1. Election of Remedy

         First, Defendants argue that the Court should prevent Plaintiff from revoking its elected remedy and seeking money damages rather than possession of the unsold aircraft.

         Defendants do not seek an evidentiary ruling. Rather, they seek a dispositive ruling as to a specific remedy and/or element of damages. “The purpose of a motion in limine is to allow the trial court to rule in advance of trial on the admissibility and relevance of certain forecasted evidence.” Harkness v. Bauhaus USA, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17926, 2015 WL 631512, at *1 (N.D. Miss. Feb. 13, 2015). A “motion in limine is not a substitute for a motion for summary judgment.” Fos v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No. 3:12-CV-735-LG-JCG, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179878, at *7 (S.D.Miss. June 2, 2015); see also United States v. Dawn Props., No. 1:14-CV-224-LG-JCG, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172141, at *9 (S.D.Miss. Dec. 13, 2016); Marlow LLC v. Bellsouth Telcoms., Inc., No. 2:10-CV-135-KS-MTP, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3446, at *9-*10 (S.D.Miss. Jan. 9, 2016). Therefore, the Court denies this aspect of Defendants' motion in limine.

         2. Matters Not Disclosed in Discovery

         Defendants seek the exclusion of all exhibits which have not been authenticated, all witnesses not disclosed, all testimony not disclosed, and all expert opinions not disclosed during discovery.

         “The purpose of motions in limine is not to re-iterate matters which are set forth elsewhere in the Rules of Civil Procedure or Rules of Evidence, but, rather, to identify specific issues which are likely to arise at trial, and which, due to their complexity or potentially prejudicial nature, are best addressed in the context of a motion in limine.” Maggette v. BL Dev. Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58077, 2011 WL 2134578, at *4 (N.D. Miss. May 21, 2011). Therefore, the Court denies this aspect of Defendants' motion in limine without prejudice to Defendants' right to raise specific issues at trial.

         3. Attorney's Fees

         Defendants seek the exclusion of all evidence related to Plaintiff's attorney's fees, apparently on the basis that Plaintiff is not entitled to attorney's fees. As noted above, a “motion in limine is not a substitute for a motion for summary judgment.” Fos, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179878 at *7. The Court denies this aspect of Defendants' motion in limine.

         5. Monetary Damage

         Defendants argue that Plaintiff should be barred from seeking any monetary damages. As noted above, a “motion in limine is not a substitute for a motion for summary judgment.” Id. The Court denies this aspect of Defendants' motion in limine.

         B. Plaintiff's ...


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