ReliaStar Life Insurance Company v. Wiemer et al
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 29 . Signed by District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III on 2/13/2018. (rpc, )
United States District Court
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
RELIASTAR LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY,
TRINA R. WIEMER, LAURA R. WEIMER,
and RODERICH W. WIEMER, JR.,
THE ESTATE OF VINCENT H. WIEMER
Through its Executor, Rod Wiemer,
Civil No. 4:17-cv-771-ALM-KPJ
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Came on for consideration the report of the United States Magistrate Judge in this action,
this matter having been heretofore referred to the Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636.
On January 16, 2018, the report of the Magistrate Judge (Dkt. #29) was entered containing
proposed findings of fact and recommendations that Plaintiff Reliastar Life Insurance Company
(“Reliastar”) should be dismissed pursuant to Reliastar and Defendants Roderich W. Wiemer, Jr.,
Trina R. Wiemer, and Laura R. Wiemer’s (collectively, “Defendants”) Stipulation and Request for
Entry of Agreed Order Granting Interpleader Relief to Plaintiff (the “Stipulation”) (Dkt. #24).
The Court is of the opinion that the findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge are
correct and adopts the Magistrate Judge's report as the findings and conclusions of the Court.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED as follows:
1. Interpleader Relief. ReliaStar is entitled to interpleader relief pursuant to FED. R. CIV.
P. 22 and 28 U.S.C. § 1335.
2. Leave to Deposit Funds. ReliaStar shall be granted leave to deposit the Death Benefit,
together with any applicable interest or other amounts and deductions required by the
Policy, into the Registry of the Court. The Clerk of the Court shall accept the deposit,
and any fees charged by the Clerk or accrued in the account by operation of the Court’s
registry requirements shall be paid from the deposit and not be the separate
responsibility of ReliaStar.
3. Discharge and Dismissal of All Claims Against ReliaStar. Upon completion of the
deposit in Paragraph 2 above:
a. ReliaStar shall be discharged from any further liability under the Policy or for
the Death Benefit.
b. All claims Defendants have asserted, or may have asserted, against ReliaStar in
connection with the Death Benefit or Policy shall be DISMISSED WITH
c. Defendants shall be enjoined from instituting or maintaining any future action
or claim against ReliaStar to the extent such claims arise under or relate in any
way to the Policy or Death Benefit.
4. Award of Attorney’s Fees and Costs. ReliaStar shall be entitled to an award of the
reasonable attorney’s fees and costs it has incurred in connection with this action.
Accordingly, ReliaStar may withhold or deduct the following amounts from the Death
Benefit prior to depositing same into the Court’s registry:
a. Attorney’s fees in the amount of Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000.00); and
b. Costs in the amount of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).
5. Preservation of Claims to Death Benefit. Nothing in this order should be construed
as a waiver by Defendants or dismissal of any claim to the Death Benefit, except as
expressly set forth in Paragraph 3 above.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
SIGNED this 13th day of February, 2018.
AMOS L. MAZZANT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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