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Securities and Exchange Commission v. Eagle Development Enterprises

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN DIVISION


December 22, 2009

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, PLAINTIFF,
v.
EAGLE DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISES, INC., A NEVADA CORPORATION; EAGLE STORAGE & DEVELOPMENT, LLC, AN ARIZONA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY; EAGLE AVIATION SALES & LEASING, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY; MICHAEL J. BOWEN, DEFENDANTS, EAGLE ASSETS & MANAGEMENT, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY; EAGLE HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT AZ, LLC, AN ARIZONA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY; EAGLE HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION; EAGLE HELICOPTERS & AVIATION, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, RELIEF DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable James V. Selna United States District Judge

ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AS TO DEFENDANT EAGLE STORAGE & DEVELOPMENT, LLC AND ORDERS:(1) FREEZING ASSETS; (2) REQUIRING ACCOUNTINGS; AND (3) PROHIBITING THE DESTRUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

The Court, having considered the Commission's Complaint; the Ex Parte Application For A Temporary Restraining Order and Orders: (1) Freezing Assets, (2) Requiring Accountings, (3) Prohibiting The Destruction Of Documents, (4) Granting Expedited Discovery; And Order To Show Cause Re Preliminary Injunction (the "Application"); the supporting Memorandum of Points and Authorities; Declarations and Exhibits; and all other evidence and argument presented regarding the Application; and finding that this Court has jurisdiction over the parties to, and the subject matter of, this action, that the Commission has demonstrated a probability of success on the merits and a possibility of dissipation of assets in this case, and that defendant Eagle Storage & Development, LLC ("Eagle Storage") consented to this order, without admitting or denying the allegations in the Commission's Complaint,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, for good cause shown, as follows:

I.

IT IS ORDERED that the Commission's request for a preliminary injunction and orders: (1) freezing assets; (2) requiring accountings; and (3) prohibiting the destruction of documents is hereby GRANTED.

II.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendant Eagle Storage, and its agents, servants, employees, attorneys, subsidiaries and affiliates, and those persons in active concert or participation with any of them, who receive actual notice of this Order, by personal service or otherwise, and each of them, be and hereby are preliminarily restrained and enjoined from, directly or indirectly, making use of any means or instruments of transportation or communication in interstate commerce or of the mails, to sell, to offer to sell, or to offer to buy any security, or carrying or causing securities to be carried through the mails or in interstate commerce, by any means or instruments of transportation, for the purpose of sale or delivery after sale, in violation of Sections 5(a) and 5(c) of the Securities Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77(e)(a) and 77(e)(c).

III.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendant Eagle Storage and its agents, servants, employees, attorneys, subsidiaries and affiliates, and those persons in active concert or participation with any of them, who receive actual notice of this Order, by personal service or otherwise, and each of them, be and hereby are preliminarily restrained and enjoined from, directly or indirectly, in the offer or sale of any securities, by the use of any means or instruments of transportation or communication in interstate commerce or by use of the mails:

A. employing any device, scheme or artifice to defraud;

B. obtaining money or property by means of any untrue statement of a material fact or any omission to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; or

C. engaging in any transaction, practice, or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon the purchaser in violation of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act, 15 U.S.C. § 77q(a).

IV.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendant Eagle Storage and its agents, servants, employees, attorneys, subsidiaries and affiliates, and those persons in active concert or participation with any of them who receive actual notice of this Order, by personal service or otherwise, and each of them, be and hereby are preliminarily restrained and enjoined from, directly or indirectly, in connection with the purchase or sale of any security, by the use of any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce, or of the mails, or of any facility of any national securities exchange:

A. employing any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud;

B. making any untrue statement of a material fact or omitting to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; or

C. engaging in any act, practice, or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon any person in violation of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b), and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, 17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5.

V.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as set forth in Section VII below or as otherwise ordered by this Court, defendant Eagle Storage, and its agents, servants, employees, attorneys, subsidiaries and affiliates, and those persons in active concert or participation with any of them, who receive actual notice of this Order, by personal service or otherwise, and each of them, be and hereby are preliminarily restrained and enjoined from, directly or indirectly, transferring, assigning, selling, hypothecating, changing, wasting, dissipating, converting, concealing, encumbering, or otherwise disposing of, in any manner, any funds, assets, securities, claims, or other real or personal property, including any notes or deeds of trust or other interests in real property, wherever located, of Defendants Eagle Storage, Eagle Development Enterprises, Inc., and Eagle Aviation Sales & Leasing, LLC (collectively "Defendants") and relief defendants Eagle Assets & Management, LLC, Eagle Housing & Development AZ, LLC, Eagle Housing & Development, Inc., Eagle Helicopters & Aviation, Inc. (collectively "Relief Defendants"), and their subsidiaries and affiliates, whether owned by, controlled by, managed by or in the possession or custody of any of them and from transferring, encumbering, dissipating, incurring charges or cash advances on any debit or credit card or the credit arrangement, of Defendants and Relief Defendants.

VI.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as set forth in Section VII below or as otherwise ordered by this Court, an immediate freeze shall be placed on all monies and assets in all accounts at any bank, financial institution or brokerage firm, all certificates of deposit, and other funds or assets, held in the name of, for the benefit of, or over which account authority is held by Defendants, Relief Defendants, or any trust, partnership, joint venture, person or entity affiliated with them (including subsidiaries), including but not limited to the following accounts:

BankName on AccountAccount no. (last 4 digits) Bank of AmericaEagle Storage & Development, LLC9535 Bank of AmericaEagle Development Enterprises, Inc.3447 Bank of AmericaEagle Helicopters & Aviation, Inc.8755 Bank of AmericaEagle Housing & Development8152 Bank of AmericaEaglestaff, Inc.3344 Bank of AmericaEagle Assets & Management, LLC8891 Bank of AmericaMichael J. Bowen2823

1565

3493

8890

7775

6475

3176

2228

3497 Bank of AmericaVia Verde Property Management, Inc.0098 JP Morgan Chase/ Washington MutualEagle Assets & Management, LLC649-5 JP Morgan Chase/ Washington MutualEagle Development Enterprises, Inc.620-5 JP Morgan Chase/ Washington MutualEagle Development Enterprises, Inc.651-0 JP Morgan Chase/ Washington MutualEagle Aviation Sales & Leasing, LLP603-1 JP Morgan Chase/Washington MutualMichael J. Bowen6548

751-8

867-9 Bank of AmericaTLW Co.6056

VII.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the asset freezes provided for in this Order over the assets of defendant Eagle Storage & Development, LLC, (the "Debtor") shall be applicable even though the Debtor is presently subject to chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings in the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona ("Bankruptcy Court") at Case No. 0:09-bk-07205-RJH. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Order, (1) the Bankruptcy Court's jurisdiction over the Debtor and assets of the Debtor's estates is not limited or affected by this Order, nor (2) are the duties and powers of the Debtor's bankruptcy Trustee, Maureen Gaughan ("Trustee"), over the Debtor or the assets of these Debtor's bankruptcy estate constrained, limited or in any way effected by this Order. The Trustee shall provide notice to the Commission on all matters filed in the Bankruptcy Court by the Trustee or her counsel.

VIII.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Eagle Storage shall, within five days, of the date of issuance of this Order, prepare and deliver to the Commission a detailed and complete schedule of its assets, including all real and personal property exceeding $5,000 in value, and all bank, securities, futures and other accounts identified by institution, branch address and account number. The accountings shall include a description of the source(s) of all such assets. Such accountings shall be filed with the Court and copies shall be delivered to the Commission's Los Angeles Regional Office. After completion of the accounting, Eagle Storage shall produce to the Commission's Los Angeles Regional Office, at a time agreeable to the Commission, all books, records and other documents supporting or underlying the accountings. To the extent Section VIII of this Order imposes any obligation on the Trustee, that obligation is satisfied by providing the Commission with any accountings filed by the Trustee with the Bankruptcy Court.

IX.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as otherwise ordered by this Court, Eagle Storage, and its agents, servants, employees, attorneys, subsidiaries and affiliates, and those persons in active concert or participation with any of them, who receive actual notice of this Order, by personal service or otherwise, and each of them, be and hereby are preliminarily restrained and enjoined from, directly or indirectly, destroying, mutilating, concealing, transferring, altering, or otherwise disposing of, in any manner, any documents, which includes all books, records, computer programs, computer files, computer printouts, contracts, correspondence, memoranda, brochures, or any other documents of any kind in their possession, custody or control, however created, produced, or stored (manually, mechanically, electronically, or otherwise), pertaining in any manner to Defendants and Relief Defendants.

X.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Court shall retain jurisdiction over this action for the purpose of implementing and carrying out the terms of all orders and decrees which may be entered herein and to entertain any suitable application or motion for additional relief within the jurisdiction of this Court.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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