Utah has had more than it's share of affinity
fraud cases over the years. Authorities say that in the past year alone, more than
4,000 Utahns have lost over $1.5 billion due to fraud. In many cases, the
fraudsters engage in what is known as "affinity fraud" which refers
to any type...
Fred Wilpon, the owner of the New York Mets , was a
close friend of Bernie Madoff, and it has been generally believed since the
outset of the scandal that Wilpon, his family and affiliated enterprises lost
hundreds of millions in the great Ponzi scheme. It has also been known
that the Wilpon group...
Convicted swindler Bernie Madoff has relevance to the
small and midcap worlds because this is where he lived mostly - in the penny
stock world of small cap stocks. He was Chairman of the Nasdaq in its early
years long before Microsoft was a household name. Apparently the narcissism
never stops as...
On this edition, Benjamin D. Feder of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP discusses the background of the lawsuit filed by Irving Picard, trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, against the Wilpon Group, owner of the New York Mets. Mr. Feder explains the issues involved in the lawsuit and the...
The New York magazine
interview with Bernie Madoff has finally been published. Steve
Fishman spoke with Madoff on the phone (collect calls from Madoff's prison) for
And so, sitting alone with his therapist, in the prison
khakis he irons himself, he seeks reassurance. "Everybody...
In this podcast, Benjamin D. Feder of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP discusses the background of the lawsuit filed by Irving Picard, trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, against the Wilpon Group, owner of the New York Mets. Mr. Feder explains the issues involved in the lawsuit and the...
The well known travails of Fred Wilpon, the principal
owner of the New York Mets, have all converged this past week. He, his
partner Saul Katz and their families and affiliated enterprises (the
"Wilpon/Katz Group") lost several hundred million dollars when Bernard Madoff's
Fred Wilpon, Saul
Katz, and their families and affiliated enterprises (the "Wilpon/Katz
Group") last week formally requested the dismissal of the adversary proceeding
commenced by Irving Picard, the trustee
of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC ("BLMIS") . In a two
You can't really criticize Harry Markopolos. He was
right. He had spotted something wrong with Bernie Madoff years before the
biggest Ponzi scheme collapsed. Unlike many others, Markopolos contacted the
Securities and Exchange Commission about his suspicions. They ignored him.
In a severe blow to the quest to recover funds for the
benefit of victims of Bernard Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi scheme, a New York
federal judge threw out $20 billion of common law claims that the
court-appointed trustee had asserted against banking giants JP Morgan Chase
& Co. ("JP...
The court-appointed trustee overseeing the unraveling of
Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme has filed
an amended complaint in which he is seeking the return of $226.4 million from
several Madoff family members including Madoff's brother, sons, and niece (the
The Securities and Exchange Commission disclosed that it
eight employees in connection with their failure to detect the massive Ponzi
scheme orchestrated by Bernard Madoff. The employees received various
forms of punishment over the past year that was made public by a Washington...
NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The owners of Major League Baseball's New York Mets and the liquidation trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) agreed on March 19 to a $162 million settlement of claims relating to the defendants' alleged profiting from Madoff's massive Ponzi...
A recent New York Times article by Andrew Ross Sorkin
severely and unfairly criticizes Irving Picard, the trustee for the Bernard L.
Madoff Ponzi scheme. It states, "Mr. Picard has had much more success
collecting money for himself and a dozen law firms and consultants than any
victim of Mr...
A class of Madoff investors has settled with Fairfield
Greenwich and its related entities for up to $80.25 million.
These entities were Madoff feeder funds that had invested
over $4.5 billion with Madoff. In their second amended complaint, the investors
asserted claims of common law fraud federal...
NEW YORK - Four Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities
LLC feeder funds and several of their current and former owners and officers
have agreed to pay nearly $220 million to settle claims that they breached
their fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by
NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Four Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC feeder funds and several of their current and former owners and officers have agreed to pay nearly $220 million to settle claims that they breached their fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by "recommending...
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the court-appointed
bankruptcy trustee overseeing the aftermath of Bernard Madoff's $65 billion
Ponzi scheme has sought court approval to make a third
distribution to victims. Irving Picard, the bankruptcy trustee,
indicated his intention in today's court...
The Second Circuit's affirmation of the narrow
interpretation of customer under SIPA is likely to have a broad impact on the
remaining Madoff cases before Judge Rakoff in the Southern District of New
York, as well as the various SIPA cases currently working their way through
courts across the...
Despite the 'regrettable inaction' by the Securities and
Exchange Commission ("SEC") in failing to detect Bernard Madoff's
historic $65 billion Ponzi scheme, a federal appeals court ruled
that those victimized by Madoff's fraud could not hold the SEC accountable for
Despite the 'regrettable inaction' by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in failing to detect Bernard Madoff's historic $65 billion Ponzi scheme, a federal appeals court ruled that those victimized by Madoff's fraud could not hold the SEC accountable for negligence...
by Kathy Bazoian Phelps
The Madoff trustee and Madoff victims hoped to hold the banks liable for alleged wrongdoing. The banks hoped to escape liability on the theory that the Madoff trustee, standing in the shoes of Madoff’s company, was a wrongdoer that should be barred from suing the banks...
A federal judge has cleared the way for the public auction of a vast collection of fine art that once graced the walls of Bernard Madoff's now-defunct brokerage firm. The collection, which is valued at nearly $600,000 and includes pieces by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol (one piece...
The trustee tasked with recovering funds for victims of Bernard Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme announced he had reached a settlement with a Connecticut hedge fund that acted as a "feeder fund" in shoveling millions of dollars into Madoff's scheme. Irving Picard, the court-appointed...
"In this zero sum game where funds are limited, hard choices must be made....The plain language, purpose, framework and distribution scheme of SIPA, as well as (legal) precedent, all support the method chosen by the trustee" - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland
A federal bankruptcy judge...