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In re GGW Brands, LLC

United States District Court, D. Nevada

May 1, 2014

In re: GGW BRANDS, LLC et al. Debtors.
v.
WYNN LAS VEGAS LLC, d/b/a WYNN LAS VEGAS; GGW DIRECT, LLC; GGW BRANDS, LLC; GGW EVENTS, LLC, Appellees. GGW GLOBAL BRANDS, INC., as successor in interest to PEPE BUS, LLC, Appellant,

ORDER GRANTING APPELLEE WYNN LAS VEGAS'S MOTION TO DISMISS

ANDREW P. GORDON, District Judge.

I. BACKGROUND

In August 2009, Wynn Las Vegas, LLC obtained a judgment against Joseph R. Francis in Nevada state court for $2, 000, 000 plus post-judgment interest (the "Marker Judgment").[1] After several years of unsuccessful collection efforts, in April 2012 Wynn Las Vegas filed a case in Nevada state court against Francis and various business entities that Wynn Las Vegas believed were his alter egos (the "Alter Ego Case").[2] Wynn Las Vegas named the following defendants:

(i) GGW Direct, LLC;
(ii) GGW Brands, LLC;
(iii) GGW Events, LLC;
(iv) Mantra Films, Inc.;
(v) Blue Horse Trading, LLC;
(vi) Pepe Bus, LLC;[3]
(vii) Sands Media, Inc.;
(viii) Joseph R. Francis;
(ix) David R. Houston; and
(x) David R. Houston, Ltd.

Wynn Las Vegas sought a declaration that these entities were alter egos of Francis, for the purpose of collecting the Marker Judgment from them. It also claimed an entitlement to an accounting of any assets held by attorney David R. Houston in the name of any of the defendant entities.

In July 2012, Houston admitted that he held approximately $1, 845, 000 which he had received from defendant GGW Direct (the "Trust Funds").[4] In August 2012, the state court enjoined all the defendants from transferring the money out of Houston's trust account.[5]

In February 2013, various GGW entities filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (the "California Bankruptcy Court"). Defendants GGW Direct, GGW Events, and GGW Brands (the "Debtor Defendants") filed, along with GGW Magazine. In March 2013, the Debtor Defendants removed the Alter Ego Case from Nevada state court to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada (the "Nevada Bankruptcy Court"). In April 2013, the California Bankruptcy Court appointed a Chapter 11 Trustee (R. Todd Neilson) for the Debtor Defendants and for GGW Magazine. That same month, the Debtor Defendants moved ...


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