UBS Financial Services Inc v. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico et al
ORDER granting 7 Motion for TRO. Mariel Babcock shall post security with the Clerk of Court in the amount of $10,000 by 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. This Temporary Restraining Order is entered at 12:00pm on Marc h 13, 2017, and shall remain in effect for (14) fourteen days or until the Court conducts a hearing on Mariel Babcock's Motion for Preliminary Injunction, whichever occurs first. Signed by Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis on 3/13/2017.(abuc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
UBS Financial Services, Inc.,
Civil Action No.: 6:17-cv-00607-MGL
Banco Popular de Puerto Rico,
Mariel Babcock, Edward Walter Smith, in
his capacity as Personal Representative of
the Estate of Mark Richard Babcock,
TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
THIS CAUSE is before the Court pursuant to Defendant Mariel Babcock’s Motion for Ex
Parte Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (the “Motion”) against Plaintiff
UBS Financial Services, Inc. (“UBS”). This Court, having reviewed the evidence before it, hereby
finds that Mariel Babcock has demonstrated some likelihood of success on the merits and
GRANTS her Motion for a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief, enjoining and
restraining any and all payments and asset transfers by UBS from the Mariel Babcock IRA
Account ending in #BLXXX32, related to the March 2017 Order issued in the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, Trial Court System, under Civil Case No. K CD2014-0784, styled as Banco Popular
de Puerto Rico v. Mark Richard Babcock t/c/c Richard Babcock Keene (which Order is
undomesticated in South Carolina).
The Court further finds as follows:
Mariel Babcock is the widow of Mark Richard Babcock and the sole owner of
assets formerly held in his Mark Richard Babcock Traditional IRA FBO Mariel Babcock, account
number ending in #BLXXX32, which account was opened in Greenville South Carolina and
administered by UBS in Greenville, South Carolina. Mariel Babcock became sole owner of the
account assets at her husband’s death on July 4, 2015. On or about July 23 and 24, 2015, the UBS
IRA account assets of Mark Richard Babcock were transferred to the Mariel Babcock IRA Account
ending in #BLXXX32.
Approximately one year after ownership transfer of the Mark Babcock UBS assets
to his widow Mariel Babcock, Orders were issued (naming only Decedent Mark Richard Babcock),
by the Puerto Rico Court in connection with an alleged old Puerto Rican foreclosure debt attributed
to Ms. Babcock’s deceased husband. Neither Mariel Babcock (the account owner) nor UBS (asset
custodian) are named parties in those Orders; nor did they have any connection to the Decedent’s
old alleged debt.
The Puerto Rico Court subsequently issued a March 2017 Order of the Puerto Rico
Court requiring UBS to pay to that Court from Mariel Babcock’s South Carolina UBS IRA
Account the amount of $399,738.51 by Monday, March 13, 2017. The Order states “UBS is
warned that it shall be subject to severe penalties if it does not comply with such order.”
Unless immediately, temporarily and preliminarily enjoined by this Court, UBS
will in compliance with the Puerto Rico Court’s aforesaid March 13, 2017 Order deadline pay
$399,738.51 from Mariel Babcock’s UBS Account, without Ms. Babcock’s permission, causing
her immediate and irreparable injury, loss, damage and harm, before responsive pleadings are due
in this interpleader action and the parties appear in the normal course of that action.
As alleged in its Complaint for Interpleader (Dkt. 1), UBS may be subjected to
multiple claims from multiple parties due to the improvidently granted Puerto Rico Court Orders
seeking to garnish assets from Mariel Babcock’s UBS account.
UBS and the Estate of Mark Richard Babcock consent to Mariel Babcock’s Motion
for temporary restraining order and associated injunctive relief.
Mariel Babcock has shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits.
The Court has weighed the competing considerations and harms to the parties and
determines that the harm to Mariel Babcock outweighs any potential harm to any other party
caused by the entry of this Order temporarily preventing UBS’ payment of assets from Mariel
Babcock’s account without her permission due to the undomesticated Puerto Rico Order.
Entry of temporary injunctive relief is in the public interest.
Accordingly, this Court ORDERS that:
UBS protect and preserve all assets in the Mark Richard Babcock Traditional IRA
FBO Mariel Babcock, under account number ending in #BLXXX32 (this account is defined in the
Complaint for Interpleader as the “Mariel Babcock IRA Account”);
Any further proceeding in or operation of any existing garnishment Order in the
case of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico v. Mark Richard Babcock t/c/c Richard Babcock Keene,
filed in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Trial Court System, under Civil Case No. K CD20140784, is hereby enjoined in South Carolina until further Order of this Court;
Mariel Babcock shall post security with the Clerk of Court in the amount of $10,000
by 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The Court determines this to be an appropriate amount
to protect the interests of any party found to have been wrongfully enjoined or restrained; and
This Temporary Restraining Order is entered at 12:00pm on March 13, 2017, and
shall remain in effect for (14) fourteen days or until the Court conducts a hearing on Mariel
Babcock’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, whichever occurs first.
SO ORDERED, this 13th day of March 2017.
s/Mary Geiger Lewis
The Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis
United States District Court Judge
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