McGirr et al v. Rehme et al
EXTENDED TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER. Signed by Judge Robert H. Cleland on October 17, 2016. (lgw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
CONNIE MCGIRR, et al.,
THOMAS F. REHME, et al.,
Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-464
Judge Robert Cleland
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Renewed Motion For Preliminary
Injunction against Defendants Thomas Rehme (“Rehme”), Waite, Schneider, Bayless, &
Chesley, Co., L.P.A. (“WSBC”), and Stanley M. Chesley (“Chesley”). (Doc. 82). The
current Temporary Restraining Order (Doc. 75), which was issued with notice to the
affected parties, and previously extended, with notice, is scheduled to expire today. The
underlying facts have not changed. The Court finds, based upon those facts, that it is
appropriate to extend the existing Temporary Restraining Order pending the court’s
determination as to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The current Temporary
Restraining Order as set forth below, SHALL BE AND IS HEREBY, extended for
fourteen (14) additional days.
The Court finds that the Rule 65 factors weigh in favor of granting a temporary
restraining order. To begin, Plaintiffs have proven a likelihood of success on the merits.
There is no dispute that WSBC filed a new action in the Hamilton County Probate Court.
(See Doc. 70). This filing followed Rehme’s attempt to transfer all assets of WSBC to a
new “Assignee,” Mr. Eric Goering. The Court notes that this transfer was without
consideration, and that this transfer appears to be with the intent to frustrate the
judgment creditors. This new action puts WSBC’s assets and transfers before another
court while these same issues are pending before this one. Importantly, this Court has
the power to order the same relief as sought in the probate court. The new Assignee is
akin to a receiver, albeit one that was hand-picked by WSBC and thus whose impartiality
Plaintiffs reasonably question, and Plaintiffs have already asked this Court to appoint a
receiver. This issue was discussed at length during the preliminary injunction hearing.
It is not lost on the Court that WSBC appears to be forum shopping. The Court
finds the timing of this purported transfer particularly troubling, as this filing comes while
a motion for preliminary injunction is pending, after a two day hearing, and a motion for
leave to amend the complaint to assert new causes of action is also pending. The
purported transfer of assets and new litigation is nothing more than an attempt to have
an Ohio state court decide issues that are properly pending before this Court.
The Court further finds a significant danger of irreparable harm. The concealment
or dissipation of assets constitutes irreparable harm. NCR Corp. v. Feltz, No. 91-4011, 914033 and 91-4058, 1993 WL 11876, at *2 (6th Cir. Jan. 21, 1993); Huntington Nat. Bank
v. Guishard, Wilburn & Shorts, LLC, No. 2:12-CV-1035, 2012 WL 5902916, at *9 (N.D.
Ohio Nov. 26, 2012). Plaintiffs argue that this new action gives WSBC the power to
dissipate its assets through use of the Assignee. Here, the terms of the assignment and
order filed by WSBC reveals that the new Assignee has the authority to sell all of WSBC’s
assets for the benefit of its creditors. (Doc. 70 at 1). But it is highly unlikely that the new
Assignee will recognize Plaintiffs as creditors of WSBC. Before this Court, WSBC has
repeatedly argued that Plaintiffs are not creditors of WSBC and have no right to any WSBC
assets, despite the fact that another court has expressly ordered both that Chesley transfer
his interest in WSBC to Plaintiffs and that Plaintiffs can directly execute on the assets of
WSBC. Plaintiffs’ status as a creditor of WSBC is squarely before this Court. Thus,
through this purported assignment, Rehme/WSBC has attempted to remove this decision
from this Court, place it in the plenary discretion of the new Assignee, who will have
unfettered authority to deny Plaintiffs’ claim and sell or liquidate all WSBC assets before
a fair and impartial decision can be made.
Moreover, Chesley, who is integral to this dispute, is not a party to the probate
court litigation, and the fraudulent transfer claims currently pending before this Court
are certainly relevant to the probate court litigation. Accordingly, the Court finds without
temporary injunctive relief, there is a significant risk that WSBC’s assets will be liquidated
without recognition of Plaintiffs’ claims and before a decision as to their status can be
made, and Plaintiffs will be left without any recourse. This factor weighs in favor of
temporary injunctive relief.
Considering the harm to others, the Court is not convinced that WSBC is at risk
for greater harm than that which was just described by the Court. As such, this factor
weighs in favor of granting the temporary restraining order.
Finally, the Court finds that, to the extent implicated, the public interest would be
served by deterring others from engaging in fraudulent transfer of funds. See Concheck
v. Barcroft, No. 2:10-cv-656, 2010 WL 4117480, at *3 (S.D. Ohio Oct. 18, 2010). Similarly,
forum shopping will not be tolerated. See Mitan v. Int’l Fidelity Ins. Co., 23 F. App’x 292,
298-99 (6th Cir. 2001).
IT IS ORDERED THAT, until further order by the Court:
The Defendants, including all agents and assignees of Defendants, shall not
assign, disburse, distribute, transfer or take any action related to any asset of WSBC,
including money, outside of basic office expenses;
The Defendants, including all agents and assignees of Defendants, shall not
negotiate or enter into any agreements pertaining to income due WSBC and/or Chesley;
Chelsey, including his agents and assignees, shall not directly or through
anyone acting on his behalf or for his benefit take nor direct any money that could be
claimed by WSBC or anyone who may owe money to WSBC;
WSBC, including its agents and assignees, shall not assign, disburse,
distribute, transfer or take any action on any assets, including money, outside of basic
Rehme, including his agents and assignees, shall not, in his capacity as
secretary of WSBC and as Chesley’s trustee under the 2013 Wind-Up Agreement transfer
records of any kind or enter any agreements on behalf of WSBC or authorize the
assignment, disbursement, distribution, transfer or take any other action on any of
WSBC’s assets, including money, outside of basic office expenses;
WSBC, including its agents and assignees, shall not make any assignments,
transfers, distributions, disbursements, or other payments to Chesley or on behalf of or
for the benefit of Chesley;
Chelsey, for himself or anyone acting on his behalf or for his benefit shall
not enter agreements or take nor direct any money that could be claimed by WSBC or any
person or entity who may owe WSBC money; and
Rehme shall not, in his capacity as secretary of WSBC and as Chesley’s
trustee under the 2013 Wind-Up Agreement authorize or facilitate any assignments,
transfers, distributions, disbursements, or other payments to Chesley or on behalf of
Having carefully considered the facts of this matter, the Court finds that the bond
already posted by Plaintiffs in this litigation sufficient. No additional bond shall be
S/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: October 17, 2016
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
and/or pro se parties on this date, October 17, 2016, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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