United States District Court, S.D. New York
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For the SEC: Bridget Fitzpatrick, Esq., Hope Augustini, Esq., Gregory Nelson Miller, Esq., John David Worland, Jr., Esq., Martin Louis Zerwitz, Esq., Daniel Staroselsky, Esq., Angela D. Dodd, Esq., Marsha C. Massey, Esq., United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC.
For Defendants: Stephen D. Susman, Esq., Harry P. Susman, Esq., Susman Godfrey LLP, Houston, TX; David D. Shank, Esq., Terrell Wallace Oxford, Esq., Susman Godfrey LLP, Dallas, TX; Steven M. Shepard, Esq., Mark Howard Hatch-Miller, Esq., Susman Godfrey LLP, New York, NY.
For Samuel Wyly: Josiah M. Daniel III, Esq., Vinson & Elkins LLP, Dallas, TX.
For Caroline D. Wyly: Judith W. Ross, Esq., Law Offices of Judith W. Ross, Dallas, TX.
For Cheryl Wyly, Evan Wyly, and Martha Miller: David L. Komblau, Esq., Covington & Burling LLP, New York, NY.
For Laurie Matthews, Lisa Wyly, Kelly O'Donovan, Andrew Wyly, Christiana Wyly, Emily Wyly, Charles J. Wyly, III, and Jennifer Lincoln: Stewart H. Thomas, Esq., Hallet & Perrin, P.C., Dallas, TX.
For Jennifer Lincoln: Kostas D. Katsiris, Esq., Venable LLP, New York, NY.
OPINION AND ORDER
Shira A. Scheindlin,
United States District Judge
On October 8, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission requested that the Court enter an order for a temporary asset freeze, financial discovery, and an accounting of Samuel Wyly's and the Estate of Charles Wyly's assets to preserve the SEC's ability to enforce a final judgment. This request was opposed by the Wylys, as well as eleven family members (the " Family Members" ) whose assets were implicated by the request. On October 19, 2014, while this application was pending, Sam Wyly filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition in bankruptcy court in the Northern District of Texas. On October 23, Caroline D. Wyly, the widow of Charles Wyly and the primary beneficiary of the Charles Wyly probate estate, also filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition.
Bankruptcy counsel for Sam Wyly and Caroline Wyly contend that the Chapter 11 filing automatically stays the SEC's proposed asset freeze as to the properties of the bankruptcy estate. The SEC argues that the bankruptcy filing has no impact on the SEC's request. Finally, counsel for the Family Members join the ...