|DEBRA S. KUPCAK,
GARY JOHNSON, New Mexico Governor; CITY OF CARLSBAD; EDDY COUNTY; EDDY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION; WESTERN COMMERCE BANK; INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
Plaintiff Debra S. Kupcak brought this action in state court for damages arising in connection with efforts by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to collect her tax liabilities through garnishment of wages and levy upon bank account and real estate holdings. Following removal of the action under 28 U.S.C. § 1442, the various defendants moved for dismissal and/or summary judgment on numerous grounds. The district court issued a succession of memorandum orders that, taken together, rejected all of the claims asserted in the case. Plaintiff appeals from the entry of judgment incorporating these orders.
We review the legal rulings of the district court de novo. See Santana v. City of Tulsa, 359 F.3d 1241, 1243 (10th Cir. 2004); Redmon ex rel. Redmon v. United States, 934 F.2d 1151, 1155 (10th Cir. 1991). Upon consideration of the arguments advanced and materials submitted on appeal, however, we affirm the judgment under review for the reasons fully explained by the district court.
The IRS has moved for appellate sanctions against plaintiff in the amount of $6,000. We decline to exercise our discretionary authority to impose sanctions. While plaintiff's pro se briefing did little to illuminate the legal issues addressed by the district court, the court's analysis of those issues, if not plaintiff's grasp thereof, shows that they were not entirely frivolous.
The judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED. The motion for sanctions filed by the Internal Revenue Service is DENIED. The mandate shall issue forthwith.
Entered for the Court
Deanell Reece Tacha
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.
2. The Honorable Robin J. Cauthron, Chief District Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, sitting by designation.