New Bankruptcy Opinion: TRUSTEES OF NEVADA RESORT ASSOCIATION v. HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS, LLC – Dist. Court, D. Nevada, 2015

TRUSTEES OF THE NEVADA RESORT ASSOCIATION — INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYEES AND MOVING PICTURE MACHINE OPERATORS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, LOCAL 720, PENSION TRUST; et al., Plaintiffs,

v.

HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS, LLC f/k/a HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS, INC. d/b/a HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS, et al., Defendants.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00040-APG-PAL, Consolidated with Case No. 2:13-cv-00043, No. 2:13-cv-00042., 2:13-cv-00046, 2:13-cv-00047

United States District Court, D. Nevada.

May 29, 2015.

THE URBAN LAW FIRM Michael A. Urban, Nathan R. Ring, Sean W. McDonald, Las Vegas, NV, Counsel for Plaintiffs.

Rick D. Roskelley, Esq., LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C., Attorneys for Consolidated Defendants.

JOINT STATUS REPORT RE CAESARS BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS

ORDER

ANDREW P. GORDON, District Judge.

Plaintiffs, Trustees of the Nevada Resort Association — International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, Local 720, Pension Trust; Trustees of the Nevada Resort Association — International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, Local 720, Wage Disability Trust; and Trustees of the Nevada Resort Association — International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, Local 720, Apprentice and Journeyman Training and Education Trust (collectively, “Plaintiffs” or “Trusts”), by and through their counsel of record, The Urban Law Firm, and Consolidated Defendants Harrah’s Las Vegas, LLC; Flamingo Las Vegas Operating Company, LLC; Desert Palace, Inc.; Paris Las Vegas Operating Company, LLC; and Parball Corporation (collectively “Consolidated Defendants”) file this Joint Status Report in response to the Court’s Order directing the same. (ECF No. 68).

The Court requested a status report to indicate whether this consolidated action should be stayed in its entirety or whether it may proceed as to some defendants. As the Court is aware, on January 26, 2015, counsel for the Consolidated Defendants filed a Notice of Suggestion on Pendency of Bankruptcy for Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. et al., and Automatic Stay of Proceedings, ECF No. 67, wherein it was disclosed named Defendants Desert Palace, Inc. and Parball Corporation filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Accordingly, only as to the debtor Defendants, this action has been stayed by operation of section 362(a) of the Bankruptcy Code. There has been no order of the Bankruptcy Court granting relief from the automatic stay relevant to this case.

Plaintiffs and the Consolidated Defendants are in agreement that this litigation is and should remain stayed as to Desert Palace, Inc. d/b/a Caesars Palace as this case is unquestionably within the scope of the automatic stay. See Schedule of Assets and Liabilities of Desert Palace, Inc., In re Caesars Entm’t Operating Co., Inc., Bankr. No. 15-01167 (ABG) (N.D. Ill. March 17, 2015), Consol. Case No. 15-01145, ECF No. 726, at 101 (scheduling Plaintiffs’ debt). However, it is unclear whether this action is stayed as to Bally’s Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas. Due to the complex nature of the instant bankruptcy, the Parties request additional time to consult with Caesars’ bankruptcy counsel to determine more clearly whether this action may proceed as to the remaining Defendants. The parties have been conferring in good faith and believe they will be able to fully inform the Court of the status of this matter by no later than June 11, 2015.

ORDER

Based on the joint status report of the parties and with good cause appearing, the parties’ requested relief is granted.

This consolidated action is STAYED as to Defendant Desert Palace, Inc., until further Order of this Court.

The Parties shall file a further joint status report within 14 days from the date of this Order as to their efforts to clarify which other Defendants are included within the bankruptcy proceedings of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., Inc., and subsidiary Parball Corporation.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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