RMS Titanic, Inc., et al.

RMS Titanic, Inc., et al.

Case Number: 16-02230

Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville Division)
France Adversary

On August 17, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court granted the Debtor's motion for entry of default judgement against France in the adversary proceeding RMS Titanic Inc. v. France. The Court found that France and all French government agencies have no interest in the French Artifacts. The ruling came at the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing on Plaintiff, RMS Titanic, Inc.'s Amended Motion for Default Judgement Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France. The Equity Committee, which had intervened as a party in the adversary proceeding, appeared at the hearing in support of the Motion. On September 29, 2017, the Court entered judgement in favor of RMS Titanic Inc., holding that "France and its government agencies have no interest in the French Artifacts, defined as 2,100 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the RMS Titanic during an expedition in 1987." A copy of the judgement may be accessed below as Docket 67.

 

Docket Number Date Filed Document Name
68 10/1/2017 BNC Certificate of Mailing - PDF Document. (related document(s) (Related Doc # 67)). Notice Date 10/01/2017. (Admin.) (Entered: 10/02/2017)
67 9/29/2017 Default Judgment in Favor of Plaintiff (related document(s)1, 65). Service Instructions: Clerks Office to serve. (Cathy M.) (Entered: 09/29/2017)
66 9/6/2017 Notice of Filing Proof of Service Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)61, 59). (Attachments: # 1 Proof of Service)(Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 09/06/2017)
65 8/17/2017 Hearing Proceeding Memo: Hearing Held - APPEARANCES: FEH RULING: FJ PLTF O/BLANKS Proposed Orders, if applicable, should be submitted within three days after the date of the hearing - Local Rule 9072-1(c). This docket entry/document is not an official order of the Court. (Dkt) (Entered: 08/17/2017)
64 8/16/2017 Exhibit List Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)59). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 # 2 Exhibit 2 # 3 Exhibit 3 # 4 Exhibit 4 (Part 1 of 3) # 5 Exhibit 4 (Part 2 of 3) # 6 Exhibit 4 (Part 3 of 3) # 7 Exhibit 5 (Part 1 of 3) # 8Exhibit 5 (Part 2 of 3) # 9 Exhibit 5 (Part 3 of 3) # 10 Exhibit 6 # 11 Exhibit 7 # 12 Exhibit 8 (Part 1 of 2) # 13 Exhibit 8 (Part 2 of 2) # 14 Exhibit 9 (Part 1 of 4) # 15 Exhibit 9 (Part 2 of 4) # 16 Exhibit 9 (Part 3 of 4) # 17 Exhibit 9 (Part 4 of 4) # 18 Exhibit 10 # 19 Exhibit 11 (Part 1 of 3) # 20 Exhibit 11 (Part 2 of 3) # 21 Exhibit 11 (Part 3 of 3) # 22 Exhibit 12 # 23Exhibit 13) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 08/16/2017)
63 8/16/2017 Proposed Exhibits ranging from 1 to 13. 14 documents attached filed on behalf of RMS Titanic, Inc.. Plaintiff's Exhibits. (ADIclerk) (Entered: 08/16/2017)
62 7/31/2017 Statement of the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., in Support of Plaintiff, RMS Titanic, Inc.'s Amended Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Jacob A. Brown on behalf of Intervenor Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (related document(s)46). (Brown, Jacob) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
61 7/25/2017 Supplemental Memorandum in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)46). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 # 2 Exhibit 2 # 3 Exhibit 3 # 4 Exhibit 4 # 5 Exhibit 5) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 07/25/2017)
60 7/10/2017 Certificate of Service Re: Order Scheduling Final Evidentiary Hearing Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)59). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 07/10/2017)
59 7/7/2017 Order Scheduling Trial on Plaintiff's Amended Motion for Entry of Clerk's Default and Amended Motion for Default Judgment against Defendant (related document(s)58, 46). Hearing scheduled for 8/17/2017 at 09:45 AM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. Service Instructions: Daniel Blanks is directed to serve a copy of this order on interested parties and file a proof of service within 3 days of entry of the order. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 07/07/2017)
58 6/22/2017 Hearing Proceeding Memo: Hearing Held - APPEARANCES:PRETRIAL RULING: FILE AFFIDAVITS WITH APPROPRIATE TIME TO RESPOND. SET FOR TRIAL (1HR) O/BLANKS Proposed Orders, if applicable, should be submitted within three days after the date of the hearing - Local Rule 9072-1(c). This docket entry/document is not an official order of the Court. (Dkt) (Entered: 06/22/2017)
57 4/27/2017 BNC Certificate of Mailing - PDF Document. (related document(s) (Related Doc # 54)). Notice Date 04/27/2017. (Admin.) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
56 4/27/2017 BNC Certificate of Mailing - PDF Document. (related document(s) (Related Doc # 52)). Notice Date 04/27/2017. (Admin.) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
55 4/27/2017 BNC Certificate of Mailing - Notice to Creditors and Parties in Interest (related document(s) (Related Doc # 53)). Notice Date 04/27/2017. (Admin.) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
54 4/25/2017 Service of Previously Entered Order/Notice via Bankruptcy Noticing Center. Title of Previously Entered Document: Order on Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.'s Amended Motion Entered on the Docket April 25, 2017 (related document(s)52). (Cathy P.) (Entered: 04/25/2017)
53 4/25/2017 Clerk's Entry of Default Against French Republic, a/k/a Republic of France Service Instructions: Clerks Office to Serve (related document(s)52). (Cathy P.) (Entered: 04/25/2017)
52 4/25/2017 Order on Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.'s Amended Motion for Entry of Clerk's Default and Amended Motion for Default Judgment against Defendant French Republic, a/k/a Republic of France: The Amended Motion for Entry of Clerk's Default is granted, and the Amended Motion for Default Judgment shall be scheduled for an evidentiary hearing by separate Order. A Pretrial Hearing is Scheduled for 6/22/17 at 1:30 pm (related document(s)45, 46). Hearing scheduled for 6/22/2017 at 01:30 PM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. Service Instructions: Clerks Office to serve. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 04/25/2017)
51 3/30/2017 Hearing Proceeding Memo: Hearing Held - APPEARANCES:1-Amended Motion for Entry of Default against French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Doc #45 2-Amended Motion for Default Judgment Doc #46 RULING: U/A Proposed Orders, if applicable, should be submitted within three days after the date of the hearing - Local Rule 9072-1(c). This docket entry/document is not an official order of the Court. (Dkt) (Entered: 03/30/2017)
50 3/24/2017 Notice of Filing Declaration of David P. Stewart in Support of Plaintiff's Memorandum of Law in Support of Its (i) Motion for Clerk's Default Against Defendant and (ii) Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)49). (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of David P. Stewart)(Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 03/24/2017)
49 3/24/2017 Memorandum of Law in Support of Its (i) Motion for Clerk's Default Against Defendant French Republic, a/k/a Republic of France, and (ii) Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 # 2 Exhibit 2 # 3 Exhibit 3 # 4Exhibit 4 # 5 Exhibit 5) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 03/24/2017)
48 3/9/2017 Notice of Hearing Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)45, 46). Hearing scheduled for 3/30/2017 at 10:00 AM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 03/09/2017)
47 2/28/2017 Notice of Appearance and Request for Notice as Additional Counsel Filed by Jeffery W Cavender on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.. (Cavender, Jeffery) (Entered: 02/28/2017)
46 2/16/2017 Amended Motion for Default Judgment Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)11). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (1 of 3) # 2Exhibit A (2 of 3) # 3 Exhibit A (3 of 3)) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 02/16/2017)
45 2/16/2017 Amended Motion for Entry of Default against French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)10). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (1 of 3) # 2 Exhibit A (2 of 3) # 3Exhibit A (3 of 3)) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 02/16/2017)
44 2/9/2017 Service Executed of Summons, Complaint, on French RepublicFiled by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)1). (Attachments: # 1 Proof of Service (2 of 3) # 2 Proof of Service (3 of 3)) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 02/15/2017)
43 2/9/2017 Certificate of Service Re: Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)42). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 02/09/2017)
42 2/9/2017 Order Granting Motion To Appear pro hac vice of Brian A. Wainger for RMS Titanic, Inc.. Upon completion of the required registration form, a temporary login and password will be issued. Filing privileges are limited to this case and any related adversary proceedings. The attorney is directed to file a statement notifying the Clerk when Attorneys involvement in this case is concluded (Related Doc # 41). Service Instructions: Daniel Blanks is directed to serve a copy of this order on interested parties and file a proof of service within 3 days of entry of the order. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 02/09/2017)
41 2/08/2017 Ex Parte Motion of Brian A. Wainger to Appear pro hac viceFiled by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.. (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 02/08/2017)
40 2/3/2017 Notice of Appearance and Request for Notice Filed by Jacob A. Brown on behalf of Intervenor Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.. (Brown, Jacob) (Entered: 02/03/2017)
39 2/3/2017 Notice of Appearance and Request for Notice Filed by Peter J Gurfein on behalf of Intervenor Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.. (Gurfein, Peter) (Entered: 02/03/2017)
38 1/25/2017 Certificate of Service Re: Order Granting Plaintiffs Unopposed Motion to Continue January 23, 2017 Hearing. Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)37). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 01/25/2017)
37 1/25/2017 Order Granting Motion To Reschedule Hearing on (i) Motion for Entry of Default by Clerk Against Defendant and (ii) Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant (Related Doc # 35). Hearing scheduled for 3/30/2017 at 10:00 AM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. Service Instructions: Daniel Blanks is directed to serve a copy of this order on interested parties and file a proof of service within 3 days of entry of the order. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 01/25/2017)
36 1/23/2017 Hearing Proceeding Memo: Hearing Held - APPEARANCES:Motion for Entry of Default against French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Doc #10 Motion for Final Judgment of Default Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Doc #11 RULING: CONTINUED. O/BLANKSProposed Orders, if applicable, should be submitted within three days after the date of the hearing - Local Rule 9072-1(c). This docket entry/document is not an official order of the Court. (Dkt) (Entered: 01/24/2017)
35 1/20/2017 Motion to Reschedule Hearing On Plaintiff's (i) Motion for Entry of Default by Clerk Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France and (ii) Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of FranceFiled by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)24). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 01/20/2017)
34 1/20/2017 Notice of Filing Correspondence via mail as to Status of Service of Process and Sell of "French Collection" Artifacts raised from the Titanic Filed by Interested Party Justice Attache of the Embassy of France to the U.S. and Magistrat de Liaison aux Etats-Unis of the Republic of France. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 01/20/2017)
33 1/19/2017 Notice of Filing Correspondence via mail as to Sell of "French Collection" Artifacts raised from the Titanic Filed by Interested Party Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee (JNAPC). (Cathy P.) (Entered: 01/20/2017)
32 1/19/2017 Notice of Filing Correspondence via mail as to Sell of "French Collection" Artifacts raised from the Titanic Filed by Interested Party International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM) and Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 01/20/2017)
31 1/4/2017 Notice of Filing Correspondence via mail as to Sell of "French Collection" Artifacts raised from the Titanic Filed by Interested Party International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICOMOS-ICUCH). (Cathy P.) (Entered: 01/20/2017)
29 12/27/2016 Proof of Service of Order Granting Motion of the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., to Intervene (Adv. Doc. 28). Filed by Jacob A. Brown on behalf of Intervenor Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (related document(s)28). (Brown, Jacob) (Entered: 12/27/2016)
28 12/23/2016 Order Granting Motion To Intervene (Related Doc # 19). Service Instructions: Jacob Brown is directed to serve a copy of this order on interested parties and file a proof of service within 3 days of entry of the order. (Margaret) (Entered: 12/23/2016)
27 12/16/2016 Withdrawal of Objection to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.'s Motion to Intervene as a Party Plaintiff Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)21). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 12/16/2016)
26 12/16/2016 Withdrawal of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors' Objection to Equity Committees Motion to Intervene Filed by Richard R Thames on behalf of Creditor Committee Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (related document(s)20). (Thames, Richard) (Entered: 12/16/2016)
25 12/16/2016 Certificate of Service Re: Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)24). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 12/16/2016)
30 12/13/2016 Notice of Filing Correspondence via mail as to Sell of "French Collection" Artifacts raised from the Titanic Filed by Interested Party Culture Sector, Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 01/20/2017)
24 12/13/2016 Order Granting Motion To Reschedule Hearing on Plaintiff's Motion for Entry of Default (Related Doc # 23). Hearing scheduled for 1/23/2017 at 01:30 PM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. Service Instructions: Daniel Blanks is directed to serve a copy of this order on interested parties and file a proof of service within 3 days of entry of the order. (Cathy P.) (Entered: 12/13/2016)
23 12/8/2016 Motion to Reschedule Hearing On Plaintiff's Motion for Entry of Default by Clerk and Motion for Default Judgment Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)16). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 12/08/2016)
22 12/7/2016 Notice of Preliminary Hearing Filed by Jacob A. Brown on behalf of Intervenor Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (related document(s)19). Hearing scheduled for 1/23/2017 at 01:30 PM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. (Brown, Jacob) (Entered: 12/07/2016)
21 12/5/2016 Objection to the Motion of the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. to Intervene as a Party Plaintiff Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)19). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 12/05/2016)
20 12/2/2016 Objection to Equity Committee's Motion to Intervene Filed by Richard R Thames on behalf of Creditor Committee Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (related document(s)19). (Thames, Richard) (Entered: 12/02/2016)
19 11/21/2016 Motion to Intervene as a Party Plaintiff Contains negative notice. Filed by Jacob A. Brown on behalf of Intervenor Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.. (Brown, Jacob) (Entered: 11/21/2016)
18 11/17/2016 BNC Certificate of Mailing - Notice of Hearing (related document(s) (Related Doc # 16)). Notice Date 11/17/2016. (Admin.) (Entered: 11/18/2016)
17 11/15/2016 Certificate of Service Re: Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)16). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 11/15/2016)
16 11/15/2016 Notice Rescheduling Hearing Motion for Final Judgment of Default Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France; Motion for Entry of Default against French Republic a/k/a Republic of France (related document(s)10, 11). Hearing scheduled for 1/5/2017 at 02:30 PM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. (Barry C.) (Entered: 11/15/2016)
15 11/14/2016 Certificate of Service Re: Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)14, 10, 11, 13, 12). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 11/14/2016)
14 11/9/2016 Notice of Hearing Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)11). Hearing scheduled for 1/4/2017 at 10:30 AM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 11/09/2016)
13 11/9/2016 Notice of Hearing Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)10). Hearing scheduled for 1/4/2017 at 10:30 AM at Jacksonville, FL - 300 North Hogan St., 4th Floor - Courtroom 4A. (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 11/09/2016)
12 11/8/2016 Notice of Filing Affidavit in Support of Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)11). (Attachments: # 1Affidavit)(Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 11/08/2016)
11 11/4/2016 Motion for Final Judgment of Default Against Defendant French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 11/04/2016)
10 11/4/2016 Motion for Entry of Default against French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A # 2Proposed Default) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 11/04/2016)
9 10/6/2016 BNC Certificate of Mailing - Order (related document(s) (Related Doc # 8)). Notice Date 10/06/2016. (Admin.) (Entered: 10/07/2016)
8 10/4/2016 DUPLICATE of Doc. # 7 . NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN BY THE COURT ON THIS DOCUMENT. Order Abating Motion for Entry of Default (Related Doc # 5). Service Instructions: Clerks Office to serve. (Cathy P.) Modified on 10/05/2016 (Cathy P.) (Entered: 10/04/2016)
7 10/4/2016 Order Abating Motion for Entry of Default (Related Doc # 5). Service Instructions: Clerks Office to serve. (Cathy P.) Additional attachment(s) added on 10/5/2016 (Cathy P.). (Entered: 10/04/2016)
6 10/3/2016 Certificate of Service Re: Service of Adversary Complaint on the Justice Attache of the French Embassy, Wash., DC Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)1). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 10/03/2016)
5 9/29/2016 Motion for Entry of Default against French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 09/29/2016)
4 9/21/2016 Service Executed of Summons, Complaint, on French Republic a/k/a Republic of France Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)1). (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 09/21/2016)
3 8/18/2016 Summons issued along with Local Rule 7001-1 - Adversary Proceedings - Procedures. Answer Due 09/19/2016. If one or more defendants are the United States or an officer or agency thereof, add an additional five days to the Answer Due date. A copy of this summons must be included when filing proof of service of this summons. (ADIclerk) (Entered: 08/18/2016)
2 8/17/2016 Notice of Filing Proposed Summons to be Issued by the Clerk of Court Filed by Daniel F Blanks on behalf of Plaintiff RMS Titanic, Inc. (related document(s)1). (Attachments: # 1Summons)(Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 08/17/2016)
1 8/17/2016 Complaint by RMS Titanic, Inc. against French Republic a/k/a Republic of France. Filing Fee Not Required. Nature of Suit: [91 (Declaratory judgment)]. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A # 2Exhibit B # 3 Exhibit C # 4 Exhibit D) (Blanks, Daniel) (Entered: 08/17/2016)
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