Ponzi Scheme

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Two Recent Decisions Potentially Expand Fraudulent Transfer Exposure in Ponzi Schemes

Two recent decisions from the Fifth Circuit and Eighth Circuit could expand the fraudulent transfer exposure of unknowing third parties that provide goods, services, or funding to companies operating Ponzi...more

Insurance Recovery Law - May 2015

California Appellate Court: All Claims “Arising From” Ponzi Scheme Are Precluded - Why it matters: Concluding that any claims related to a Ponzi scheme—even if they involved different investors, investments, or...more

The SEC Criticizes One of Its Own

Even with the SEC’s home-court advantage in bringing enforcement actions in its administrative court rather than in federal court, the SEC will still criticize its own administrative law judges (“ALJ”) when an ALJ’s decision...more

BANKRUPTCY ALERT: Golf Channel Learns Hazards Of Playing With A Ponzi Scheme

The recent Fifth Circuit decision in Janvey v. The Golf Channel, Inc. ("Golf Channel") reminds us again that sometimes, despite our best efforts, bad things happen to good people. In that case, the Golf Channel learned a...more

California Court Upholds Exclusion in Policy Application

In Crown Capital Securities, L.P. v. Endurance American Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 305, the California Court of Appeal had the opportunity to consider a denial of coverage based on an exclusion stated in the...more

Eighth Circuit Says Focus is on the Intent of the Debtor in Fraudulent Transfer Law, Does Not Address Ponzi Scheme Presumption

This case is the product of yet another dispute in the extensive, multi-billion dollar fraud perpetrated by Tom Petters. In 2005, as the sole board member of Petters Group Worldwide, LLC (“PGW”), Petters directed the...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud and Ponzi Scheme Cases

A staple of SEC enforcement in recent years has been offering fraud and Ponzi scheme cases. This week the Commission filed two more of these actions, one an offering fraud targeting military personnel and a second and...more

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #2

IOSCO Seeks Views on Business Continuity and Recovery Planning by Trading Venues and Intermediaries; NYS Warns on Third-Party Service Providers - The International Organization of Securities Commissions issued two...more

The Golf Channel Needs a Mulligan

“Mulligan,” in golf parlance, is the opportunity to hit a golf shot, a “do over,” when the previous shot was not quite the one desired by the golfer. The “Mulligan” replaces the previous shot, which then does not count toward...more

The Fifth Circuit Shifts the Risk of Doing Business with Fraudulent Enterprises to Trade Creditors

When a debtor pays the market cost for goods and services provided to it by third-party vendors, these payments normally cannot be recovered as fraudulent transfers in the U.S. That is because the debtor receives reasonably...more

Credit Crunch Digest - February 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on a €15 million fine imposed on ICAP for aiding the manipulating of the Japanese yen Libor; pressure from departing U.S. Attorney General Holder for U.S. prosecutors to bring...more

Bank Pays $67 Million Civil Judgment for Aiding and Abetting Customer's Ponzi Scheme

A national bank discovered it doesn't always pay to keep certain clients happy after paying a $67 million civil judgment against it for its role in helping a customer operate a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1.2...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed one new action this week – an administrative proceeding involving the principal of an investment adviser and undisclosed conflicts of interest. The Commission also amended a complaint in an insider trading...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Avoiding Investment Scams

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued an Investor Alert (the “Alert”) to warn investors about the most prevalent types of investment fraud and provide guidance on how to avoid being defrauded....more

SEC Staples: Trading Suspensions, Market Manipulation and Ponzi Schemes

Trading suspensions, market manipulation and Ponzi scheme actions – staples of SEC enforcement. The Commission suspended trading for 128 dormant shell companies this week while bringing a market manipulation action involving...more

Rare Defendant Class Certified in Federal North Carolina Ponzi Scheme Class Action

Most of the cases that come to mind when you think “class action” consist of a large group of plaintiffs (hundreds or multiple thousands) seeking authorization to proceed as a class in one lawsuit against one or a handful of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Four SEC Commissioners addressed the annual SEC Speaks Conference, reviewing recent agency initiatives and tracing potential paths for the future. The SEC also brought another FCPA action, a misappropriation case and an...more

Firm Wins Victory for BMO Harris at Minnesota Supreme Court

Stinson Leonard Street attorney Keith Moheban led a team of attorneys that won an important decision for firm client BMO Harris Bank at the Minnesota Supreme Court Feb. 18, 2015. Construing Minnesota’s Uniform Fraudulent...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Arbitration Dismissal in Favor of Investor’s Estate in Clawback Suit

The receiver of hedge funds that were part of a $168 million Ponzi scheme was unable to vacate an arbitration award denying clawback claims brought against an investor’s estate. The US Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit...more

Do You Know What is in Your Buyer’s Wallet?

In a recent ruling, the Ninth Circuit held that a seller was liable under the law of fraudulent conveyance to the bankruptcy trustee for the portion of the purchase price funded by a company controlled by the buyer, which was...more

SEC Obtains $585 Million Judgment Against MRI International for Ponzi Scheme

A Nevada District Court granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s request for a $585 million judgment against MRI International, Inc. and its former CEO, Edwin Fujinaga, consisting of disgorgement, prejudgment interest...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 5

In this issue: - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to Discuss “Accredited Investor” Definition - Glass Lewis Enhances its Pay-for-Performance and Equity Plan Models - SEC Issues New...more

Blog: The Ninth Circuit Rejects the “Dominion and Control Test” for Determining the Initial Transferee in Fraudulent Conveyance...

Under section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, a trustee or debtor in possession may recover property (or its value) that has been fraudulently transferred “from the initial transferee or the entity for whose benefit the...more

"Ruling on Extraterritoriality May Protect Foreign Investors in US Bankruptcies"

The Bankruptcy Code authorizes a bankruptcy trustee to avoid (i.e., obtain the return of) certain types of prepetition property transfers so that the bankrupt estate can be divided among creditors fairly. For example, a...more

2014 SCOTUS Term: Important Developments in the Class-Action Arena

In This Issue: - Those Who Provide Investment Advice on Unsecured Securities Are Subject to Class Actions - A “Mass Action” Under the Class Action Fairness Act Requires at Least 100 Individual...more

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