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American General Life Insurance Co. v. Hargis

July 24, 2007

AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY PLAINTIFF
v.
PAMELA K. HARGIS AND BRANDON HARGIS DEFENDANTS
SOUTHERN FARM BUREAU LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY PLAINTIFF
v.
PAMELA K. HARGIS AND BRANDON LYNN MARBRY DEFENDANTS



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garnett Thomas Eisele United States District Judge

ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASES

The action presently before the Court, 3:07-cv-00080, involves the distribution of the proceeds of a life insurance policy issued by American General Life Insurance Company to insure the life of David R. Hargis. David R. Hargis died as a result of a gun shot wound to the head. It is alleged in the Complaint that Pamela K. Hargis, David R. Hargis' surviving spouse and the primary beneficiary, has filed a claim for benefits, but that the investigation by the Blytheville Police Department is considered to be ongoing and Pamela K. Hargis has not been eliminated as a suspect. It further states that in the event Pamela K. Hargis is charged and convicted for intentionally causing the death of David R. Hargis, she would be prevented from receiving any policy benefits. The Complaint states that American General is in the position of addressing potentially conflicting claims by Pamela K. Hargis and Brandon Hargis, the contingent beneficiary.

Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company v. Hargis, 3:07-cv-00087, involves the distribution of the proceeds of a life insurance policy issued by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. Pamela K. Hargis is also the primary beneficiary of the policy at issue in 3:07-cv-00087. The contingent beneficiary is Brandon Lynn Marbry, David R. Hargis' step-son.

Although the two cases concern different parties, they involve the determination of the same issues. Therefore, the Court finds that the consolidation of these cases would conserve judicial and party resources. These cases are consolidated for purposes of discovery and trial.

Accordingly,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT all further pleadings shall be styled as noted above, but filed only in the lead case, 3:07-cv-00080.

Dated this 24th day of July, 2007.

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