UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
May 4, 1971
BACHE & CO., Incorporated, Plaintiff in Interpleader,
Patrick J. ROLAND and Jack Zuckerman, Defendant-Claimants
Motley, District Judge.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: MOTLEY
MOTLEY, District Judge.
This matter is before the court on an application by Bache and Company, plaintiff in interpleader, for an order enjoining defendant claimants, Patrick Roland and Jack Zuckerman and all persons in active concert with them, from instituting or prosecuting any proceedings against plaintiff for certain stocks now in plaintiff's possession pending a final determination of the underlying action before this court,
and directing the method of service and time for return of process in this action. (28 U.S.C. § 2361)
The facts as alleged in the complaint in interpleader are as follows: Plaintiff, a brokerage house, opened a securities account for defendant Roland in March, 1970. Roland, at that time represented to plaintiff that the funds to be deposited in the account were not monies in which the partnership, Hel-Mar Enterprises, to which he belonged along with Zuckerman, had any interest. Checks signed by Roland or Zuckerman were then deposited in the account. Subsequently, Zuckerman demanded an accounting of Hel-Mar assets, and later still, claimed that the securities and funds in Roland's account belonged either to him or to the partnership and demanded that they be released to him. Roland has also made demand for the funds. When plaintiff would not release them to him, Roland commenced an action in the Civil Court for the City of New York against plaintiff. (Roland alleges in that action that plaintiff is liable to him in the amount of $9,000.00 because of its failure to turn over to him (Roland) the securities and funds in the account.) The relief sought in this court is an order 1) requiring defendants to interplead pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1335;
2) discharging plaintiff from all liability in connection with the account; 3) granting costs and fees; and 4) enjoining defendants from prosecuting any other legal actions for the contents of the account.
Based upon the above uncontradicted factual allegations, and based upon examination of the interpleader complaint, the court finds that the issuance of an order is appropriate here. The property held by plaintiff is worth more than $500.00; there are two adverse claimants; their citizenship is diverse, one residing in New York, and the other in New Jersey; and the funds and property have been deposited by plaintiff in the registry of this Court pending determination of the claim. The application, is, therefore, granted.
Submit order on ten days' notice.