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Construction Laborers Trust Funds For Southern California v. J & J Concrete Const Co

December 22, 2011

CONSTRUCTION LABORERS TRUST FUNDS FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ADMINISTRATIVE COMPANY, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, PLAINTIFF,
v.
J & J CONCRETE CONST CO, A CALIFORNIA GENERAL PARTNERSHIP ALSO KNOWN AS AND DOING BUSINESS AS J & J CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, J & J CONCRETE CONST., AND J & J CONCRETE; JOSE M. SERRATO, AN INDIVIDUAL; GERARDO M. SERRATO, AN INDIVIDUAL, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: S. James Otero, Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California

JUDGMENT AGAINST DEFENDANT JOSE M. SERRATO

The Parties have filed a stipulation for entry of judgment against defendant Jose M. Serrato, as well as for dismissal of the remaining defendants ("Stipulation"). Pursuant to the Stipulation, and good cause appearing therefore,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED THAT:

1. JUDGMENT IS HEREBY ENTERED IN FAVOR OF THE PLAINTIFF, Construction Laborers Trust Funds for Southern California Administrative Company, a Delaware limited liability company, an administrator of, agent for collection for, fiduciary to, and on behalf of, the Laborers Health and Welfare Trust Fund for Southern California, Construction Laborers Pension Trust for Southern California, Construction Laborers Vacation Trust for Southern California, Laborers Training and Re-Training Trust Fund for Southern California, Fund for Construction Industry Advancement, Center for Contract Compliance, and Laborers Contract Administration Trust Fund for Southern California (collectively "Trust Funds"), and AGAINST DEFENDANT JOSE M. SERRATO, AN INDIVIDUAL (hereinafter "J. SERRATO" when not referred to by his full above-captioned name), IN THE AMOUNT OF $286,600.00, consisting of the following: (a) a principal amount of $263,450.37 (including $197,185.93 in unpaid Monthly Contributions, $63,314.92 in liquidated damages, $21,278.94 in interest and $2,320.00 in audit fees), minus a credit of $20,649.42; and (b) $20,414.48 in attorney fees and $2,935.15 in costs.

2. The Trust Funds have not conducted a full audit of the records of defendant Jose M. Serrato or J & J Concrete Const Co, which the defendants have represented in the Stipulation to be a sole proprietorship of defendant Jose M. Serrato. The monetary judgment issued hereby in paragraph "1" above shall not, and does not, have res judicata effect, operate as a bar or effect any other limitation of any right of the Trust Funds or any constituent Trust Fund (including CLTF on behalf of the Trust Funds or any constituent Trust Fund) to determine and collect any additional amount due, or that comes due, by Jose M. Serrato and/or J & J Concrete Const Co to the Trust Funds, whether the additional delinquency is revealed by either of the injunctions issued hereby or any other means.

3. FINAL AND PERMANENT INJUNCTIVE RELIEF IS HEREBY GRANTED AS FOLLOWS: Defendant Jose M. Serrato (whether doing business as J & J Concrete Const Co or otherwise), as well as all other managing agents and employees of Jose M. Serrato, and all those in active concert or participation with any one or more of them, are hereby ordered to submit to a full audit of Jose M. Serrato, for the period December 1, 2005 through the date of the audit ordered, and, specifically, to:

3.A. Deliver to the attorneys for CLTF, at 3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2000, Los Angeles, California 90010 within thirty (30) days of entry of this judgment:

* All of the documents responsive to the document requests contained in the Joint Statement of Issues Re: Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Production of Documents and for Sanctions entered as court document number 20 in this action ("Joint Statement"); and

* A certification of Jose M. Serrato, under penalty of perjury, that:

(i) states that the documents produced are all documents responsive to the document requests contained in the Joint Statement that are under his custody and/or control; (ii) describes in detail the efforts he made to obtain and produce them;

(iii) states whether he is aware of the existence of any additional documents responsive to the document requests; and (iv) describes any and all such additional documents and states where they are and the identity of the person or persons who possesses or otherwise has access to them; and

3.B. Fully cooperate with CLTF with respect to the audit in order for CLTF to determine the total amount due to the Trust Funds and the hours of work performed by the Trust Funds' participants and any others entitled to credit toward fringe benefits from any one or more of the Trust Funds, including producing for inspection, examination and copying any additional records determined by CLTF to be necessary to conduct a full audit.

4. FINAL AND PERMANENT INJUNCTIVE RELIEF IS HEREBY GRANTED AS FOLLOWS: Jose M. Serrato (whether doing business as J & J Concrete Const Co or otherwise), as well as all other managing agents and employees of Jose M. Serrato, and all those in active concert or participation with any one or more of them, are hereby ordered to deliver or cause to be delivered to the Trust Funds by no later than 4:30 p.m. on the 15th day of each month for the duration of the Southern California Master Labor Agreement and any other present or future collective bargaining agreement requiring Jose M. Serrato to contribute to the Trust Funds, whether under the name J & J Concrete Const Co or any other name (unless he has for the month both inactivated his accounts with the Trust Funds in accordance with the terms of the applicable agreements and has in fact not performed any work covered by the applicable agreements):

4.A. Truthfully and accurately completed monthly fringe benefit contribution report(s) covering all of Jose M. Serrato's present and future accounts with the Trust Funds, collectively identifying all persons for whom Jose M. Serrato owes fringe benefit contributions to the Trust Funds for the previous month (whether under the name J & J Concrete Const Co or any other name), and, ...


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