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JUDITH C.

CHAMBERLAIN

IN THE

CIRCUIT COURT

Plaintiff

v.

FOR

STEPHEN D. CHAMBERLAIN

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

CaseNo.02-C-09-139690

Defendant

DEFENDANT'S RESPONSE TO

PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL

Stephen D. Chamberlain, Defendant, by his attorneys, Council, Baradel, Kosmerl &


Nolan, P.A. and Kevin M. Schaeffer, in response to the Request for Voluntary Dismissal filed by
the Plaintiff, Judith C. Chamberlain, states the following:
1.

That the Plaintiff filed her "Complaint to Enforce Marital Settlement Agreement

and Consent Order of August 31, 2011 and for Declaratory Judgment" ("the Complaint") in

September 2013 and, in Paragraph (b) of the ad damnum clause in the Complaint, ! the Plaintiff
requested the Court to "Order that the minor child may apply to the schools of his choice, in
order to determine whether or not he qualifies for admission and may be entitled to any
scholarships."

2.

That, in support of her Request to voluntarily dismiss her Complaint filed on

Monday, the Plaintiff states that the issue is now "moot," presumably because the child, John
Chamberlain, has gone ahead and applied to (and been accepted by) Virginia Tech without first

obtaining the Defendant's agreement to that choice despite the language of Paragraph 8 of the
parties' Marital Settlement Agreement which provides that the "selection of which college or
university [the] Child shall attend shall be made by Husband, Wife and the Child, prior to

1The only other relief requested in the ad damnum clause was for an expedited hearing and for
attorney's fees.

application and priorto enrollment."


3.

That, while the Defendant does not dispute that John's decision to file for

admission to colleges before receiving the assent of his parents does render the issue on which
the Plaintiff sought a declaratory judgment to be a "moot" issue, the dispute has been moot for
several months but has nevertheless been carried forth by the Plaintiff at considerable expense to

both parties in attorney's fees and legal expenses, including both parties' preparation for and
attendance at a Motion for Summary Judgment hearing held on January 9, 2014.

4.

That, according to the Plaintiff's credit card statements, attached hereto, an

admission fee to Virginia Tech was paid by the Plaintiff on December 6, 2013; despite having
charged the Virginia Tech admission fee on that date, when asked in Interrogatories to specify
the date of the application to Virginia Tech, the Plaintiff replied "Unknown" in her March 11,
2014 Interrogatory Answers. See attached Exhibits A and B.
5.

That the Defendant has incurred over $15,000 in attorney's fees since December

6, 2013, which would have been unnecessary had the Plaintiff merely dismissed the Complaint
for mootness at that time rather than waiting until less than five business days before trial to do
so.

6.

That the dismissal of the Complaint, if granted by the Court, should be made

conditional upon its dismissal with prejudice and upon the Plaintiffs reimbursement to the
Defendant of the attorney's fees incurred by him since the date of John's application to Virginia
Tech on December 6, 2013.

WHEREFORE, Stephen D. Chamberlain, Defendant, requests this Honorable Court to grant

the Plaintiffs Request for Voluntary Dismissal, with prejudice, and order the Plaintiff to reimburse
the Defendant his attorneys incurred since December 6, 2013, and for such other relief as the Court
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may deem proper.


COUNCIL, BARADEL,
KOSMERL & NOLAN, P.A.

By:
Kevin M. Schafer^

125 Wesf^treet, Fourth Floor


P.O. Box 2289

Annapolis, Maryland 21404


(410) 268-6600 Phone
(410) 269-8409 Facsimile
Email: KSchaeffer@cbknlaw.com

Attorneysfor Defendant

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I HEREBY CERTIFY that on this QTBay of April, 2014, a^efjpy of the foregoing
Defendant's Response to Plaintiffs Request for Voluntary Dismissal was/mailed, first class postage
prepaid, to Samuel J. Brown, Esquire, 221 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401,
Attorneyfor Plaintiff.

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