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West Coast Life Ins. Co. v. Clark

United States District Court, C.D. California

June 2, 2014

WEST COAST LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff,
v.
GLENDA CLARK, an individual, and KATHLEEN CLARKE-PATERSON, an individual, formlerly known as KATHLEEN CLARKE STOKES, Defendants

As Amended June 27, 2014.

Page 934

For West Coast Life Insurance Company, Plaintiff: Andrea Kismet Anapolsky, Lawrence E Butler, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, San Francisco, CA.

For Glenda Clarke, an individual, Defendant, Cross Claimant: Stephen Harold Galton, Pasadena, CA.

For Kathleen Clarke-Paterson, an individual, formerly known as Kathleen Clarke Stokes, Defendant: Robert F Keehn, Robert F Keehn Law Office, Los Angeles, CA.

For Kathleen Patterson, Cross Defendant: Robert F Keehn, Robert F Keehn Law Office, Los Angeles, CA.

OPINION

Page 935

AMENDED ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT AND CROSS-CLAIMANT GLENDA CLARKE'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [DKT. NO. 36]

DEAN D. PREGERSON, United States District Judge.

Presently before the Court is Defendant and Cross-Claimant Glenda Clarke's motion for summary judgment (the " Motion" ). For the reasons stated in this Order, the Motion is GRANTED.

I. Background

The basic facts underlying this interpleader action are not in dispute. Plaintiff West Coast Life Insurance Company (" WCLIC" ) filed this action after a dispute arose as to the proper beneficiary under a life insurance policy on the life of Jeffrey L. Clarke (" Decedent" ). (See Complaint, Docket No. 1.) WCLIC filed the action against Defendants Glenda Clarke (" Glenda" ), Decedent's ex-wife, and Kathleen Clarke-Paterson (" Kathleen" ), Decedent's sister.[1] (Id.) WCLIC has now been discharged from the action. (Docket No. 30.)

Glenda and Decedent were married on July 25, 1998. (Decl. of Glenda Clarke, Docket No. 40, ¶ 2.) At the time of their marriage, Glenda owned a business, Television Tickets, which she continued to operate as a sole proprietorship until June 2004. (Id. ΒΆ 3.) In June 2004, Glenda and Decedent formed a ...


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