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Skydive Space Center, Inc. v. Pohjolainen

Florida Court of Appeals, Fifth District

July 12, 2019

SKYDIVE SPACE CENTER, INC. AND CRISTOFER PARENTE, Appellants,
v.
HENRI POHJOLAINEN, DAVID STROBEL AND TANDEM SOLUTIONS, INC. D/B/A WINGS TANDEM, Appellees.

         NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE MOTION FOR REHEARING AND DISPOSITION THEREOF IF FILED

          Appeal from the Circuit Court for Brevard County, Charles J. Roberts, Judge.

          Frederick C. Morello, of Frederick C. Morello, P.A., Daytona Beach, for Appellants.

          Bruce A. Hanna, of Wright & Casey, P.A., New Smyrna Beach, for Appellees, Henri Pohjolainen and Tandem Solutions, Inc. d/b/a Wings Tandem.

          Joelle Schultz, of Law Office of Joelle Schultz, PLLC, Clearwater, for Appellee, David Strobel.

          PER CURIAM.

         Appellants, Skydive Space Center, Inc. (SSC) and Cristofer Parente, appeal the final summary judgment entered by the trial court in favor of Appellee, Henri Pohjolainen. We reverse and remand, holding that the trial court committed error by granting final summary judgment prior to the completion of relevant ongoing discovery.

         SSC purchased four skydiving tandem rigs from Tandem Solutions d/b/a Wings Tandem, a company which Pohjolainen owned. Following the sale, the SSC instructors met to discuss an issue concerning the certification training provided by a Wings Tandem examiner. During that private meeting, someone recorded statements made by Parente, SSC's head instructor. Ultimately, Appellants sued Pohjolainen, David Strobel (a Wings Tandem examiner), and Tandem Solutions, alleging that the recording had been obtained and used in violation of the Florida wiretap statute.[1]

         After his deposition, Pohjolainen filed a motion for summary judgement, arguing that there was no evidence suggesting that he violated the wiretap statute. Within a month of this motion, Appellants filed a motion to compel production of emails between Pohjolainen and other parties involved in the dispute. Additionally, the court ordered that the cloned hard drive from Strobel's work laptop be provided to Appellants.

         Prior to the scheduled hearing, Appellants filed a response in opposition to the motion for summary judgment. Appellants argued that relevant and material discovery had yet to be produced. At the time of the hearing, the court had not ruled on the motion to compel the requested emails nor had the cloned hard drive been provided to Appellants for forensic examination.

         Following the hearing, the trial court granted Pohjolainen's motion for summary judgment over Appellants' objections regarding the outstanding discovery. The court noted, "If subsequent discovery [as to the remaining litigants] shows that this Court is in error, Plaintiff[s] will be entitled to amend the complaint. The amendments will relate back to the original complaint. Mr. Pohjolainen will be added back in . . . ." This appeal timely followed.

         "An order granting summary judgment is reviewed de novo." Roussell v. Bank of N.Y. Mellon, 263 So.3d 100, 102 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019) (citing Volusia Cty. v. Aberdeen at Ormond Beach, L.P., 760 So.2d 126, 130 (Fla. 2000)). Appellants argue that the trial court prematurely granted summary judgment as their motion to compel was outstanding and they had not yet received the cloned hard drive as previously ordered by the court. We agree with Appellants' contention.

         "Where the information contained in outstanding discovery could create genuine issues of material fact, summary judgment [is] not . . . proper." Osorto v. Deutsche Bank Nat'l. Tr. Co., 88 So.3d 261, 263 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012); see also Colby v. Ellis, 562 So.2d 356, 357 (Fla. 2d DCA 1990). The emails subject to the motion to compel as well as the cloned hard drive could contain evidence leading to a genuine issue of material fact. Therefore, as relevant discovery had yet to be completed and there was no finding that the discovery requests were intended to cause delay, it was error for the trial court to enter summary judgement. See ...


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