Unlike a Ponzi victim, the only one left in a Tontine is sitting pretty.


In a Ponzi scheme, the last man loses. In a Tontine, on the other hand, the last man wins, like musical chairs. Here is a link to Charles E. Rounds, Jr.’s article on the common law aspects of the Madoff Ponzi scheme: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/madoff-ponzi-scheme-and-the-sub-prime-mo-11081/. In Loring and Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook (2012), specifically Section 8.15.59, Rounds discusses the common law’s evolving attitude towards the Tontine. The section is reproduced in its entirety below.

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Charles E. Rounds, Jr.
Suffolk University Law School

Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School. Tenure granted: 1990. Author: Loring and... View Profile »

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