Minor Miracle Productions, LLC v. StarkeyAnnotate this Case
Plaintiff Minor Miracle Productions, LLC (MMP) was a film company for whom Third-Party Respondent David Richards worked. MMP provided a film location and funding for a film written and directed by Defendant Randy Starkey. After the film was completed, Starkey refused to turn over possession of the film and various pieces of equipment from the film. MMP brought suit against Starkey alleging breach of the duty of loyalty, breach of contract, and conversion. After initially appearing via counsel in the case, Starkey proceeded pro se. When Starkey failed to appear at motion hearings and disregarded the district court’s orders regarding discovery, the court sanctioned Starkey, striking his defenses and precluding him from using any evidence not previously disclosed. MMP then moved for judgment on the pleadings, and the district court granted the motion. The court ordered Starkey to pay Richards over one million dollars in damages and interest for the costs of the film’s production, to return the film and to release the copyrights to the film and its website to Richards, and enjoined Starkey from selling the film and from using any of the equipment related to the film. Starkey timely appealed. Upon review, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court's grant of judgment on the pleadings.