GB CAPITAL HOLDINGS, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Jeffrey Glenn HESTON, Claimant-Appellant, S/V Glori B, a 1977 Sailing Vessel of Approximately 27-Feet in Length, U.S.C.G. Official No. 598405 and All of Her Engines, Tackle Accessories, Equipment, Furnishings and Appurtenances, in rem, Defendant-Appellant.
Decided: April 21, 2020
Before: TASHIMA, BYBEE, and WATFORD, Circuit Judges.
Amanda Fay Benedict, Esquire, Attorney, Law Office of Amanda Benedict, San Diego, CA, for Plaintiff-Appellee Jeffrey Glenn Heston, Pro Se
Jeffrey Glenn Heston appeals pro se from the district court’s January 22, 2019 order granting plaintiff GB Capital Holdings, LLC’s (“GB Capital”) motion for an order of sale of the sailing vessel Glori B in GB Capital’s admiralty action in rem. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo the district court’s conclusions of law and for clear error the district court’s findings of fact. Crowley Marine Servs. v. Maritrans, Inc., 530 F.3d 1169, 1173 (9th Cir. 2008). We review de novo the district court’s interpretation of the Supplemental Admiralty and Maritime Claims Rules. United States v. $11,500.00 in U.S. Currency, 710 F.3d 1006, 1010 (9th Cir. 2013). We affirm.
The district court did not err by granting GB Capital’s motion for an order of sale because it properly concluded that GB Capital had met the requirements of Supplemental Rule E(9)(a) and its factual findings were not clearly erroneous. See Fed. R. Civ. P. Supp. R. E(9)(a)(i)(A)-(C) (the court may order all or part of the property sold if the property is liable to deterioration by being detained in custody pending the action, the expense of keeping the property is excessive or disproportionate, or there is unreasonable delay in securing release of the property).
We reject as meritless Heston’s contentions regarding the district court’s alleged lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
Heston’s motion for judicial notice (Docket Entry No. 22) is denied.
GB Capital’s request for sanctions, set forth in the answering brief, is denied.
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