Protective Life Insurance Company v. LeClaire et al
ORDER granting 18 Motion for Interpleader Deposit (28 U.S.C. Section 1335) Authorized deposit in the amount of $200,000.00 Signed by Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis on 9/21/2017.(abuc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Protective Life Insurance Company,
Case No: 7:17-cv-00628-MGL
Deborah LeClaire, an individual, and Carrie
Thomas, Administratrix on Behalf of the Estate
of Robert Eugene Gilliland, Deceased.
ORDER GRANTING LEAVE TO
FUNDS INTO REGISTRY OF THE
COURT, DISCHARGING PROTECTIVE
AND AWARDING ATTORNEY’S FEES
On September 20, 2017, Plaintiff Protective Life Insurance Company (“Protective”)
moved for leave to deposit the sum of $200,000, plus accrued interest, into the registry of the
Court; for an award of $6,149.60 in attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in prosecuting this action,
and for discharge and dismissal in connection with a statutory interpleader action brought by it.
The Court notes that all of the requirements of Rule 67 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
have been satisfied, in that leave of Court was sought by the motion, and every other party in the
action has received notice of the motion.
Having reviewed and considered the motion and memorandum submitted by Protective,
and for good cause shown, it is HEREBY ORDERED and DECREED that:
Protective’s motion for leave to deposit funds into the registry of this Court is
GRANTED, and the Clerk of Court shall accept for deposit a check for $200,000, plus accrued
interest, to be tendered by Protective within fourteen days of this Order;
The funds so deposited shall be maintained in an interest-bearing account
previously approved for such purposes;
Protective shall serve a copy of this Order as required by Rule 67 on all other
parties to this action and make such service forthwith;
Upon deposit of said funds, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1335 and § 2361, Protective
is discharged from any further liability related to or arising from life insurance Policy Number
DT0084888 and Protective is dismissed with prejudice from this action.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2361, each of the Defendants, their agents, attorneys or
assigns, are permanently enjoined from instituting any action in any state or United States Court
against Protective relative to the proceeds of the Policy, or any portion thereof.
The Defendants shall plead their entitlement to the interpleaded funds, and shall
be bound by all orders, judgments and decrees of the Court regarding the Policy.
Protective is awarded its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs in the amount of
$6,149.60, which such fees and costs are taxed against the stake deposited into the registry of the
Court. The Clerk is directed to release the amount of attorneys’ fees and costs identified above
to Protective from the stake held in the registry of the Court.
SO ORDERED on this 21st day of September, 2017.
s/Mary Geiger Lewis
Mary Geiger Lewis
United States District Court Judge
September 21, 2017
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