MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Barnstead Broadcasting Corporation and Offshore Broadcasting Corporation each held permits issued by the Federal Communications Commission to construct and operate television stations. In November 1990, they entered into a written contract by which they agreed to withdraw the Objections each had flied against construction permit extension applications that the other had filed with the FCC. The parties also agreed in the November 1990 contract to refrain from filing further objections concerning the construction of their respective stations and not to interfere "in any way" with the construction and operation of the other's station.
On June 17, 1994, Barnstead and BAF Enterprises, Inc., executed an assignment agreement pursuant to which Barnstead agreed to assign its construction permit to BAF. The agreement between Barnstead and BAF and an assignment application were filed with the FCC on June 28, 1994. The assignment application was placed on the FCC's public notice on July 11, 1994. On or about August 18, 1994, Offshore filed an Informal Objection to the Barnstead assignment application. Barnstead flied this action on October 10, 1994, and sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to require Offshore to withdraw its Informal Objection. Plaintiff alleged that Offshore's Objection constituted a breach of a November 1990 contract and effected a delay in FCC action on the assignment application that was likely to cause Barnstead to lose the contract with BAF.
The Court, by Opinion and Order dated October 21, 1994, found that a preliminary injunction was warranted and, inter alia, ordered Offshore to withdraw its Informal Objection by the close of business on October 24, 1994.
Offshore withdrew its Objection on October 24, 1994. On October 28, 1994, the Federal Communications Commission approved Barnstead's application to assign its construction permit to BAF. The FCC published a notice of the approval on November 9, 1994, triggering a thirty-day period within which a party may appeal or seek reconsideration of the approval. That period closes on December 9, 1994.
On October 28, 1994, Offshore filed a Motion To Dismiss Barnstead's Complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue. On November 3, 1994, Offshore filed a Motion For Clarification Of Preliminary Injunction. On November 7, 1994, Offshore filed a Motion To Dissolve The Preliminary Injunction Or, In The Alternative, For Stay Of Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal and a Motion To Continue The Rule 26(f)/206 Conference And Report To The Court. On November 21, 1994, Offshore filed a Notice Of Appeal from the Court's October 21, 1994 Order granting the preliminary injunction.
Before addressing any of the four motions filed by Defendant, the Court must first consider the effect of Defendant's Notice of Appeal on the Court's authority to consider the pending motions. The filing of a notice of appeal confers jurisdiction on the court of appeals and divests the district court of its control over those aspects of the case involved in the appeal. United States v. El-O-Pathic Pharmacy, 192 F.2d 62, 79-80 (9th Cir. 1951) (per curiam); Common Cause v. Judicial Ethics Comm., 473 F. Supp. 1251, 1254 (D.D.C. 1979). When an appeal is taken from an interlocutory order, such as the grant or denial of an injunction, however, the district court retains jurisdiction to act with respect to matters not related to the issues involved in the appeal or when a district court's action would aid in the appeal. Taylor v. Sterrett, 640 F.2d 663, 667-68 (5th Cir. 1981); Burns v. County of Cambria, Pa., 788 F. Supp. 868 (W.D. Pa. 1991); see generally 9 Moore's Federal Practice, P 203.11 at 3-45 to 3-55 (2d ed. 1992). Transfer of jurisdiction upon appeal is a discretionary rule designed to avoid the confusion and waste of time that would arise if two courts were considering the same issues simultaneously. In the Matter of Thorp, 655 F.2d 997 (9th Cir. 1981). With these principles in mind, the Court concludes that it has jurisdiction to decide the pending motions.
In Defendant's Motion To Dismiss the complaint, Offshore argues that the Court lacks personal jurisdiction and that venue is improper in this Court. These arguments were not presented to the Court during the earlier stages of this litigation. Because jurisdiction over the parties is an issue not directly involved in the matters on appeal, the Court retains jurisdiction to address Defendant's motion to dismiss even though a notice of appeal has been filed.
Prior to filing its Motion To Dismiss, Defendant filed an opposition to Plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunctive relief and appeared in court to argue against the request for a preliminary injunction. Objections on the basis of personal jurisdiction and venue were not raised either in Defendant's papers or at argument. The purpose of requiring all jurisdictional defenses to be raised promptly is to eliminate unnecessary delays in the early pleading stages of a suit so that all available Rule 12 defenses are advanced before consideration of the merits. Rule 12, Fed. R. Civ. P. While normally raised in a party's answer or by motion, defendants wishing to raise lack of personal jurisdiction or improper venue must do so "in their first defensive move," which may or may not be the filing of an answer or a motion to dismiss. Manchester Knitted Fashions, Inc. v. Amalgamated Cotton Garment Fund, 967 F.2d 688, 691-92 (1st Cir. 1992); See also Wyrough & Loser, Inc. v. Pelmor Laboratories, Inc., 376 F.2d 543 (3d Cir. 1967); Backo v. Local 281, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, 308 F. Supp. 172, 176 (N.D.N.Y. 1969), aff'd, 438 F.2d 176 (2d Cir. 1970).
An objection to personal jurisdiction and venue may be waived "by submission [in a cause] through conduct." Manchester Knitted Fashions v. Amalgamated Cotton Garment Fund, 967 F.2d at 692 (citation omitted). "If a party enters a case, makes no objection to [personal] jurisdiction, and asks the court to act on its behalf in some substantive way, it will be held to have waived further objection." Trans World Airlines, Inc. v. Mattox, 897 F.2d 773 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 498 U.S. 926, 112 L. Ed. 2d 261, 111 S. Ct. 307, 111 S. Ct. 308 (1990) (citation omitted); see also Securities Industry Ass'n v. Board of Gov. of Federal Reserve System, 628 F. Supp. 1438, 1440 (D.D.C. 1986) (intervenor cannot participate in lawsuit to protect its interest without submitting to the court's jurisdiction). In Wybrough & Loser, Inc. v. Pelmar Laboratories, Inc., the court explained:
If a defendant appears he may assert lack of jurisdiction over his person either by timely motion or answer. If he appears and fails to file a timely motion or answer, he will be deemed to have waived the defense. But this is not the only manner in which the defense can be waived; . . . the defendant may waive the defense by action or conduct other than his voluntary appearance. It is precisely this second ground, i.e., the defendant's conduct or action, on which the district court based its conclusion that there had been a waiver.