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Alkanani v. Aegis Defense Services

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


February 8, 2010

KHADIM ALKANANI, PLAINTIFF,
v.
AEGIS DEFENSE SERVICES, LLC, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Richard W. Roberts United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Plaintiff Khadim Alkanani, a former United States soldier, brought this action against Aegis Defense Services, LLC ("Aegis LLC") and Aegis Defence Services Limited ("Aegis UK") alleging various common law torts. (Compl. ¶¶ 1, 54-71.) Aegis LLC has moved unopposed for summary judgment arguing that it did not exist at the time of the incident giving rise to the complaint and, therefore, it is not responsible for the alleged acts. (Aegis LLC's Mot. for Summ. J. ("Def.'s Mot.") at 1.) Because the motion is unopposed and Aegis LLC has shown that it did not exist as a corporate entity at the time of the alleged incident, Aegis LLC's summary judgment motion will be granted.

DISCUSSION

To succeed on a motion for summary judgment, the movant must show that there are no genuine issues of material fact in dispute and that the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.

Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1986); Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). In ruling on a motion for summary judgment, the court must draw all justifiable inferences in the nonmoving party's favor and accept the nonmoving party's evidence as true. Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 255 (1986). Even when a summary judgment motion is unopposed, a court still must determine whether the moving party is entitled to summary judgment. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e)(2) ("If the opposing party does not so respond, summary judgment should, if appropriate, be entered against that party." (emphasis added)). When a summary judgment motion is supported by a statement of genuine issues of material fact that is not disputed, the statement will be deemed admitted in its entirety. See, e.g., Innovative Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Greater Southeast Cmty. Hosp. Corp. I, Civil Action No. 07-01075 (HHK), 2007 WL 4125424, at *1 (D.D.C. Nov. 19, 2007).

Alkanani alleges that he was shot by unidentified Aegis employees,*fn1 who were at all relative times performing security services on behalf of Aegis, during an intelligence mission in Bagdad on June 3, 2005. (Compl. ¶¶ 23-24, 43.) Alkanani asserts several causes of actions against Aegis, including intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and negligent hiring, training, and supervision. (Id. ¶¶ 58, 61, 67.) Alkanani also asserts that Aegis failed to investigate and reprimand its employees for the alleged shooting. (Id. ¶ 58.)

While a corporation is liable for the torts of its employees if committed within the scope of employment, Keys v. Wash. Metro. Area Transit Auth., 408 F. Supp. 2d 1, 4 (D.D.C. 2005), corporate liability attaches only upon corporate existence. See Maytag Corp. v. Navistar Int'l Transp. Corp., 219 F.3d 587, 589 (7th Cir. 2000) (stating that "corporate liability ends with the corporation's existence"). Further, under Delaware law, a corporation does not exist until it files a certificate of formation with the Secretary of State. "A limited liability company is formed at the time of the filing of the initial certificate of formation in the office of the Secretary of State[.]" Del. Code. Ann. tit. 6, § 18-201(b).

It is undisputed that Aegis LLC filed its certificate of formation with the Delaware Secretary of State on May 30, 2006. (Def.'s Stmt. of Material Facts ¶ 1; Def.'s Mot., Ex. 1, Decl. of Kristi Clemens ¶ 3, Ex. 2.) It also is undisputed that Aegis LLC was not a party to the service contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army to Aegis UK on May 25, 2004, and that Aegis LLC did not provide security services under the contract. (Def.'s Mot., Ex. 1, Decl. of Kristi Clemens ¶¶ 9-11.) Because the plaintiff has not opposed the defendant's motion for summary judgment and Aegis LLC has presented undisputed evidence that it was not formed as a corporation until nearly a year after the alleged shooting, the defendant's summary judgment motion will be granted.*fn2

CONCLUSION AND ORDER

Because Aegis LLC's motion for summary judgment is unopposed and Aegis LLC supports its motion with evidence that it did not exist as a corporate entity at the time the alleged injuries took place, summary judgment will be granted in Aegis LLC's favor. Accordingly, it is hereby

ORDERED that defendant Aegis Defense Services LLC's motion

[12] for summary judgment be, and hereby is, GRANTED. SIGNED this 8th day of February, 2010.


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